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

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*