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.

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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

Why do you travel?

Was the question my kayaking partner asked me while rowing somewhere near Cat Ba island, in Northern Vietnam. I stayed quiet and he asked again “Rita, why do you travel? What’s your reason for it?” I was in the back seat and he couldn’t see my face – my eyes going from side to side, trying to look … Continue reading Why do you travel?

A Love Letter*

  [Thakhek - March 06, 2017] Before meeting you, I was told you were nice but not worth the time to get to know you better. Two or three weeks should be enough before getting tired of you and moving on. I had plans to go back to something else  as soon as I was done … Continue reading A Love Letter*

Travel Notes – Vietnam

In 4 weeks in Vietnam I experienced different ways of traveling. First I had the company of a very good friend who decided to spend her holidays with me – well, actually she decided to spend her holidays in SE Asia and I happen to be here, but it’s nice to think the other way around. … Continue reading Travel Notes – Vietnam

Travel notes – Cambodia

I made my way to Cambodia from Bangkok, where I met a friend who came to SE Asia to spend her vacation with me. We took a flight in BKK and landed in Siem Reap 50 minutes later (Nok Air, USD55). It’s possible to do it by bus or train, you just need to be … Continue reading Travel notes – Cambodia