Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
Here's rare review of an adult book. I generally prefer kids' books but this is one of my all time favourite travel reads.
“I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.” —From the Preface
Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world.
She sold her possessions and became a nomad, first living in a Zapotec village in Mexico. Then sharing life with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita’s example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.
I especially like how she 'simply' followed her heart and lived by chance encounters.
The second book is 'Female Nomad and Friends' - an anthology of stories and recipes from around the world. Royalties benefit women's education in India.
Now if only I can find my copy of the book back! If you borrowed it, please return it!
Check out these related websites:
http://ritagoldengelman.com/home.html (the author even offers to mail you an autographed book for 15.- no postage!)