Tales of a Female Nomad : Living at Large in the World
Tales of a Female Nomad Living at Large in the World Author:Rita Golden Gelman “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 ... more »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. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping 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.« less
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Helpful Score: 10
I really enjoyed this book. I've read many of the female traveler books such as Eat, Pray, Love, Around the world in 80 dates, Holy Cow an Indian adventure and Shutterbabe Adventures in Love and War. I think these types of books are so interesting. This one touched me because I can relate to someone who isn't caught up in the commercialism of the US, and who can find friends anywhere in the world. I really enjoyed this one!
This is probably my favorite travel memoir of the many I have read. The way the author immerses herself in the cultures she visits is wonderful and you have to respect how hard she tries not to judge them based on the values of her own past. I hope at the age of 50 I have the kind of courage she shows.
The fascinating true story of a middle aged divorced woman and mother of two who sold her possessions and began to live her dream of traveling the world. For 20 years she has lived a few months at a time, all over the world, in off-the-beaten-path villages, and with an amazing variety of people. Her ability to trust in the unknown just blew me away.
I devoured this book in one weekend! Rita Golden Gelman is an inspiration. She's fearless, trusting, and a true citizen of the world. I loved that she spent time in several places I knew well (Guatemala & New Zealand) and enjoyed reading about all the other cultures she became a part of. Her book was a joy to read. She is much less self-absorbed and whiny than Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and she travels the way I would - lightly, cheaply, and with the aim of connecting to the indigenous people she meets, learning their culture and languages
My next trip will be very different from previous trips. Rushing from monument to museum to "starred" hotels and restaurants just isn't going to cut it; connecting with people is. Ms Gelman has written an amazing travelogue.
Loved this book, she is the epitome of real traveling. I admire her sensibility towards other cultures, her respect for other views without intervention trying to "fix" it.She inspired me to be part of Serpa, I am considering become a member now.
I read it in one day, could not put it down,and after it all the books about traveling seemed boring .
Read it ,you won't regret the choice.