I’m still hunting for travel literature and devouring every single one I can get my hands on. My latest? Rita Golden Gelman’s “Tales of a Female Nomad”
Golden Gelman is a children’s book author, who similarly to Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love), goes through a divorce, sells her possesions and then takes off alone, with a dream of seeing the world, and living among people of another culture. To this day, (she’s now in her seventies) she lives as a nomad.
Nomad: a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer.
During the course of the book, Rita visits and lives in:
- Galapagos Islands
- New Zealand
(The above countries in bold are places Tom and I hope to visit.)
I loved this book. On goodreads, I gave it four out of five stars. (Had it been a mark out of ten, I’d have given it 9/10)
What inspired me most was how she lived with local people, became a part of their daily life, and paid back their favours by teaching English and helping them with writing.
I loved how Golden Gelman met local people, many of whom she didn’t share a common language with, and experienced their way of life. I find this concept very life-afirming. At the end of the book she asks the reader to get in touch. I’ve just sent her an email.
I completely empathise with the sense of freedom that travel gives. I can’t wait to experience it again. Oh how my feet itch!