For our two-night return to Tulamben in order for George to play with T WRECK, the live band at Warung Komang, we decided to stay at Bali-Spark Resort, little more than a year old. It sounded like a good deal on and looked fancy. We thought it was just past the last hotel in town but it’s actually located near the temple on the hill.  The setting is great – be sure to snorkel the drop-off – but the hotel does feel isolated from the restaurants in town.

Bali-Spark has an ocean view from the upstairs restaurant and should have a view of Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, but from the rear there is not not one window facing in the proper direction. I like pool views but would rather see a volcano!

I also was frustrated while getting this message about the free wifi: Could not join “SpeedUp_Hotspot_81D.” The owner did try several times to reset his hot spot but there was no Internet service during our stay. Apparently the fact that Agung is so high is why the Internet does not work! I also have to mention another friend’s comment about the stairs up to the second floor rooms and restaurant being steep. Each individual step is big and there is no railing. So be careful when the steps are wet!

Nearly every hotel’s sign says, “Free Wi-fi.” I am waiting for the next generation that says “FAST Wi-fi” or “Very Strong Signal Wi-fi.” I have been making lots of videos  but they upload so slowly that sometimes it takes 80 minutes to load a 4-minute video.

I am trying to learn how to compress files but have not figured that out yet. Does anyone have a suggestion, lesson or alternate program for me? I record in HD on a FLIP camera and then make the movies in iMovie. I export them to the desktop and then upload on our YouTube channel: WeSaidGoTravel. I would love your help!

Today we are off to Ubud for a ceremony. I have the camera and FLIP all charged up for this exciting event. Then we are supposed to meet the band in Amed for another great night of singing. Last night, I played drums for two songs while the Bass player, Yoyas, sang and played lead guitar. I had so much fun. This adventure is already full of surprises.

July 27, 2012


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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