About

Hello,  my name is Gilda.

I was born in the South of Brazil, my grandparents were Italian Immigrants and from an early age I was told many tales about Italy.

My grandmother, who was also called “Gilda”, used to speak to me in Italian sometimes and I was fascinated by the idea of speaking other languages.

As a teenager I wanted to learn to speak English, since I loved so many British and American bands and singers and was very curious to understand the lyrics to my favourite songs.

My first trip outside of my Estate (RS ) was to visit Rio de Janeiro. A 24 hours journey on a tour bus from the South of Brazil, I loved every minute of it and soon after that I started planning the next trip, this time to visit the neighbouring country of Uruguay.

The idea of backpacking around Europe was something I started dreaming  and talking about, over and over with my sister Virginia, who I shared an apartment with,  in the capital city of  Porto Alegre ( where I lived, worked and attended University).

In October 1987 I quit my job, university course and bought a ticket to London. It was the beginning of my adventure in a foreign land.

I fell in love with London as soon as I arrived here, it was so exciting to be somewhere so cosmopolitan, all the different languages that were spoken in the underground, cultures from all over the world mixing together and interacting. London was the antidote that I needed to feel alive again.

I met Brian ( my husband) in February 1988, It was love at first sight for both of us.  We married in December 1988 and I became a ” traveller interrupted” (my plans of extensive travelling on hold, but not forgotten).

I have now lived most of my adult life in England (26 years),  I even went to University here and qualified as a Dietitian. A job I love.

I was never able to realise my dream of backpacking around the world, and although I have had many amazing holidays and travelled extensively, all my trips have been the usual one or two weeks holiday, or a long weekend.

I have no regrets with the choices I made, of getting married to a great man, settling down in England, having my gorgeous children (now teenagers), but more recently I have started to feel a need of travelling more regularly and I  would love to dust off my backpack and set off for an indefinite period of time with no return date and to be able to explore the world freely. To realise my dream of a round the world trip.

My husband also shares this dream and so we spend many hours talking about our future plans. But for now I am still a ” traveller interrupted “, due to the constraints of a job, finances and my children, who, although starting to fly the nest (my daughter has started University last year and my son will start in September)  still need a lot of support, not only financially but also emotionally (to be a Mum to them is still my number one priority).

I have been following travel bloggers for about 2 years now, and recently have been telling my family how I would love to have my own blog, so few weekends ago my daughter (fed up with my talk and no action), got her lap top out and got me started.

This blog is about planning, but also enjoying the moment and telling about past, present and future trips, but also everyday life, thoughts and experiences.

I look forward to continue creating memories and sharing these memories here.

If you stop by, feel free to leave a comment or suggestion.

 

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17 Comments »

  1. Sister, your blog has brought back so many memories! Although interrupted your adventure was not a boring one and I know that together your and Brian will realise all your dreams. can’t wait for all the other stories yet to come.

  2. ‘Bon Voyage’ Gilda – first on your travel dreams, and then on your travel journey.
    I’ll be following you all the way……!
    Marion xx

  3. Maravilhoso poder conhecer e saber um pouco mais dos lugares lindos q vc tem visitado, certamente vou poder participar de algumas das suas viagens a começar no próximo mes em Roma, tenho certeza q será uma viagem especial pra nós, as 3 marias e nossa fiel escudeira Sinara (Maria), Can’t wait!!

  4. Hi Gilda, The way you share your story, your life and your dreams with us is very touching and now I can’t wait to see Gilda and Brian travelling ‘uninterruped’ but for now I am enjoying the travelling you are able to do because you put your heart and soul into it whilst still caring so much about your loved ones. This is very inspirational to me. Much love and keep on dreaming… xx
    Walkiria

    • Thank you Val, it will be a dream to travel “uninterrupted” with Brian some time in the near future. It means a lot to me all the support you have always given me.xx

  5. Hi Gilda, nice to meet you! Thanks for your lovely comments on our blog, and thanks for following. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    You’ve made a great start on your blog. The piece about Rome brought back some great memories!
    I hope all your travel dreams come true.
    Cheers, Alison

  6. Hi Gilda, I love your story. I am thrilled that you have been content with your life, while knowing someday you can, once again, get out your backpack. Best wishes dreaming for now, and someday making the leap to the road.

    • Hi Rhonda, life gets in the way sometime, but no regrets. We are planing to start our travels in 2017, when we hope to afford early retirement. Fingers crossed. Thanks for your comment and safe travels.

  7. What an inspiring story, Gilda! And what a fabulous life you are living. The love you have for your family shines through. Travel will always be there whenever you are ready. It’s great that you and your husband share the same dream – something I can really relate to. Wonderful to meet you. Wishing you all the best, Terri

    • Terri, thank you so much for your thoughful comment, I feel very blessed with all the love I have in my life. Brian and I dream of doing what you guys are doing and we are working hard to achieve that in the near future. I love following your blog and adventures and it is a privelige to have met you here in this little corner of the internet.

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