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  • Count Something Important (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 6, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Atul Gawande says in his book, Better, count something interesting, be it an object or an abstract concept, and you will learn interesting new ideas. Some people count the days to summer camp or the nights until a Saturday night date; I enjoy counting the countries I’ve visited.

    ... read on
  • Red Goddess Rising by Halle Eavelyn

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 30, 2012 | 11:53 am

    When I met Halle at her book reading recently, I thought about my first trip to the Giza Pyramids. I remember that day like it was yesterday although I visited the great archeological site over thirty years ago! My family was cruising on a Greek ship at the time and the vessel... read on

  • Learning about Craic with Richard Bangs

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 23, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Although my personal country count is over one hundred countries (by Traveler’s Century Club), I still have so many places to go on my list! For a long time, I have wanted to go to Iceland and Ireland (and Italy—George calls is my “I” List). When Richard Bangs spoke at our travel... read on

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  • Views from Kino and ways to find your passion, lose the weight and sneak in science! (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 17, 2012 | 2:16 pm


    Our Latest VIDEO from Thanksgiving in Mexico! Enjoy!

    Thank you to EVERYONE for reading, commenting and sharing our blog and website! We really appreciate it! We were very well read in December 2011~ over 6000 views! We hope your support continues!

    A few articles that featured... read on

  • Turbulent Tonga Part III: “Humps and Bumps, Tonga Giveth, Tonga Taketh”

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 9, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    The Lonely Planet describes Neiafu, the main town on the Vava’u Island group as “ramshackle.”  Although I somewhat agree, Neiafu has its charms.  In fact, I would describe it as quaint. Families of pigs cross the road, a large white church perches above the town, and children... read on

  • Be the Change! Be Better!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 3, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Five years ago I went on a New Year’s cruise and made two resolutions:

    To buy a condo and to find a long-term relationship. I had been focused on these items already but now I was ready to make them happen.

    By January 18, 2007, I had my first date with George and by January 20 I... read on

  • Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

    George Rajna

    December 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video... read on

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