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2017: um ano de abrir o coração

Às vésperas de iniciar mais um ano de vida (literalmente!), eu finalmente consegui me organizar e terminar minha retrospectiva de 2017 com as lições e aprendizados de meses na estrada, cheios de experiências únicas, desafios pessoais e profissionais, e de auto-conhecimento. 2017 foi o ano em que (re)abri meu coração e permiti que o amor … Continue reading 2017: um ano de abrir o coração

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2017: a heart opening year

[Português] Days before I start a new year of my life, I'm finally able to finish this post looking back at 2017 and the lessons I've learned from months of traveling, experiencing, settling, working, and getting to know me better - and feeling comfortable with it 🙂 2017 was the year I (re)opened my heart … Continue reading 2017: a heart opening year

Travel Notes – Laos (Part II)

[part I] Vietnam >> Muang Khua > Muang Ngoi > Nong Khiaw > Xamneua (via Viengthong) > Viengxay > Xamtai > Viengxay/Xamneua > Phonsavanh > Thakhek > Thakhek loop > [visa run 1] > Pakse > Don Det/Don Khone > Pakse/Champasak/Don Ko > Thakhek > [visa run 2] > Vientiane > Vang Vieng > Ban Chieng (Tao Guesthouse) > Luang Prabang > Huay Xay >> Thailand [In bold the places covered … Continue reading Travel Notes – Laos (Part II)

I’m not back. I’m here.

It's been almost 3 months since I landed in my home country. It's the first time since May 2015 that I know I'll have the same address for more than 6 weeks. After almost four years away - with sporadic visits only - the first question family and friends ask me is "can we meet? … Continue reading I’m not back. I’m here.

The courage it takes to be certain

As I embrace uncertainty and live my life without trying to control the uncontrollable future, I've been trying to inspire friends and family to do the same, to leave their comfort zones, and allow themselves to see beauty in the unexpected. I understand that we all have very different approaches to life, uncertainty, and change; … Continue reading The courage it takes to be certain

Travel notes – Laos

Wow... how hard it is to write about the country that stole my heart... It was easier to write a Love Letter to Laos than to write about the places I visited during almost 3 months there. The moment I started listing places I've been to, people I've met, things I've done, food I've eaten, saudade … Continue reading Travel notes – Laos

Por que você viaja?

Foi a pergunta feita pelo meu parceiro de remadas, num caiaque perto da ilha de Cat Ba, no norte do Vietnam. Diante do meu silêncio, ele insistiu “Rita, por que você viaja? Qual a sua razão para isso?” Eu estava sentada na parte de trás e ele não conseguia ver meu rosto – meus olhos … Continue reading Por que você viaja?