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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 just finished reading Rita's book for the second time and loved it even more.
Rita Golden Gelman had courage to face her fears and is having a wonderful life by being an A Nomad women fitting in every where she goes.
I really enjoyed reading Rita's story and felt I shared her adventures through her descriptions.
Rita's uplifting story was such an inspiration, not only for her travels but also for her faith and trust in the fact that people are good and worth the effort.Published 4 days ago by dancer lv
We can make life affirming radical change at any point in life. Following Rita will inspire you.Published 14 days ago by Elaine
I enjoyed this book and reading about Rita's adventures, especially because I'm an older woman but I'm also a bit of a chicken, so I enjoyed being able to live vicariously through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine Carter
That's what this book gives me. At the very least makes me want to seize every moment and enjoy it. Loved the book.Published 1 month ago by Christine Caswell
Fantastic read. Felt I was sharing the exotic locations and experiences right along with Ms. Gelman.Published 1 month ago by NatalieG.
As a single woman who loves to eat, travel, relish in the outdoors, and dream a lot, I got to imagine myself with the writer on her journeys and adventures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terri M Flaglor