Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Rita Golden Gelman gets a divorce at age 48, she flips out (according to some of her friends). She sells everything and becomes a nomad--traveling cheaply around the world and living in exotic locales. Her explanation for it is easy--she wants to learn more about the people of the world, the food they eat, and their culture.
I admire her, but I don't think I have the guts to do what she did. She spent years in Bali, and lived in New Zealand, Indonesia, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, the Galapagos Islands, and Thailand. She is a children's book author, and so her royalties kept her going in these places where she could live for dollars a day.
What I did love reading about was how Gelman created a community wherever she went. She made friends quickly and easily and use those connections to make more connections. The backpacker world is a close-knit family, and she mastered it.
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