Author: Lisa Ellen Niver, CAS ’89

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the Penn motto of “We will find a way or we will make one.” My husband George and I have worked hard to create our own path as a couple and as travelers. We love to find others who also have a serious case of wanderlust (defined by Dictionary.com as a “strong, innate desire to rove or travel about”).  Recently, I met Christine Maxfield another Penn grad (2004) who is, like me, inspired about travel, wanderlust, and all thing Frankly Penn!

Here is just a sampling of her adventures from from her recent post on our blog:

Starting on January 1, 2011, I took my first step off a plane and into a solo round-the-world adventure that included 19 countries on six continents. My work exchange led me to instruct HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya, become a desert guide with the Bedouin tribe in Jordan, teach English to Tibetan Buddhist nuns in Nepal, mend fences on an aboriginal cattle station in Australia, shuck oysters on a black-pearl farm in French Polynesia, save baby sea turtles in Guatemala, play music with children in Romania, and herd a thousand sheep as a nomadic shepherd in Austria. Oh, and I can now finally say that I’ve been on an African safari and have also stood in the shadow of pyramids…

Christine with children in Africa.

You can read more of this post at We Said Go Travel.



Filed under Alumni Perspective, Lisa Ellen Niver

2 responses to “Wanderlust

  1. wesaidgotravel

    Thank you for letting me be part of FRANKLY PENN!

  2. Frankly Penn, I’m the one who’s grateful! I’m so pleased to see my adventure story published on my alma mater’s website! 🙂

    Christine Maxfield (Class of ’04)

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