We know Gelman is not your typical middle-aged housewife from LA when, on that first trip to Mexico, she randomly picks a Zapotec village and decides to live there for a month, knowing nothing about the culture or the language. When she arrives, the villagers run away from her, terrified. By the time she leaves, there are hugs and tears. From there she travels to Guatemala and Nicaragua, Israel and the Galapagos Islands. But the heart of the book--and her 15-year journey--is Indonesia, where she lives for eight years. It is Bali that forever changes how she looks at the world, facilitated by her friendship with an aging prince. Tu Aji not only invites her to live with his family but decides that the education of Rita will be his final duty in life. Wherever she goes, Gelman has an uncanny ability to slip into other ways of life and become part of a community. And she is a person for whom doors open widely--her seatmate on the plane to Bali scrawls the prince's name on a piece of paper, she talks her way into a sojourn at Camp Leakey in Borneo where orangutans are studied, and an entire village in a remote part of Irian Jaya prays for the clouds to clear so her plane can land--and they do! Gelmen's secret is her passion for people. That being the case, the book is short on descriptions of place, but long on the rarer inside view of the peoples and customs of those places. This in itself is treat enough, but Gelman's animated and intimate story comes with a kicker--it's never too late to fulfill those dreams. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed reading the book. I love to travel but have not done so in recent years. The author did an excellent job and approached her visits to various countries with a spirit of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lgdh
I feel like a kindred spirit with this author and her love of people, food, and cultures.
This book is delightful and I long for an adventure myself. Read more
I love this book! Rita's voice is unpretentious and authentic as she finds herself roaming foreign land alone and surprisingly fearless. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gypsygirl
Wow, I guess I am in the minority as I loved this book. It was recommended to me by a traveling companion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joann R. Greene
Whenever I read a first hand account like this, it makes me think of how jaded and narrow our sources of information are, even in this day and age. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward Book
interesting journey around the world-- full of love, spirituality--food and many friends--how does she keep them all straight! much better than Eat, Pray. Love.Published 2 months ago by William K. Millar Jr
Reading this great book has inspired to me take my first adventure. Im a little apprehensive but at the same time, excited...Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth B Gober
Parts were interesting, but mostly a book of a person living off of others and acting entitled. Far better global reads out there. Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Reed