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 state (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, 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, 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, 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, they still need a lot of support, not only financially but also emotionally (to be a Mum to them is still my number one priority).
This blog is about planning a future of financial independence to allow for uninterrupted travelling , but also enjoying the moment since who knows what the future holds?
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