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


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

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?

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?

Uma Carta de Amor*

[Thakhek - 06 de Março de 2017] Antes de te encontrar me falaram que você era bacana, mas que eu não deveria gastar meu tempo tentando te conhecer melhor. Duas ou três semanas seriam mais do que suficientes; depois disso eu me cansaria e partiria para outra. Eu tinha planos de voltar para algo que já tinha … Continue reading Uma Carta de Amor*

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*