If you are new to my blog, welcome and thank you. I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has song” wrote  Maya Angelou. When I read this for the first time, I realized I could start this blog. The fear of not being the perfect writer, and not having all the answers – and never will –  prevented me from fulfilling my goal.

With my husband who does not complain about my long work hours.

With my husband Lupe and my favorite travel partner.

My name is Nydia O. Tapia-Gonzales, and I am a writer, blogger, and a  tourism professional with 26 years of experience.  Since 1991 I have  promoted  US and Mexican destinations through my former tour company; Vamonos Travel. I served as Director of the Harlingen Convention & Visitors Bureau, and I am currently the director for South Texas Tourism; a local non-profit organization composed of South Texas’ tourism professionals. Destination management is my third  passion. My second is traveling followed by my number one passions:  painting and writing. Please keep in mind that this is a blog, and a casual travel journal, and I have no editor. Most of my posts are drafts and the result of  the few minutes I manage to find between traveling and working, and  juggling a thousand things at a time.  There will be typos, and even confusing sentences, but that tells you I’m real. I created La Vida Valle in 2011 with one goal in mind: to talk about life in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I believe we are an area that is seldom understood, appreciated,  and even feared. Communicating and destination management is what compels me to share my life here with others. I also relish on the opportunity to share my poems – I am a poet in training – and spiritual experiences.

Jerusalem 2016

Jerusalem 2016

At Museo Amparo in Puebla 2016

At Museo Amparo in Puebla 2016

My passion for service is satisfied serving as board member of Preservation Texas, the Center for Latino – Jewish Relations and the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville. I am always interested and available for speaking engagements related to historic preservation, mid century modernism of the Rio Grande Valley, destination management and tourism. Through La Vida Valle, individuals and organizations have an outlet to  promote events at no cost. To submit your event information please click on the “Submit Your Event” tab, and I will  post your information. I would love to hear from you about story ideas, news tips, suggestions and especially your feedback.  I offer advertising opportunities for businesses . Advertising and sponsorship rates, in addition to non-profit packages are available by request. If you are interested in blogging, but are not ready to commit to a full time online presence,  La Vida Valle offers you an exclusive portal to communicate with a broader audience about  life in the Rio Grande Valley, the arts, poetry, spiritual and travel experiences, please contact me, Nydia Tapia-Gonzales at [email protected] - Last but not least, I invite you to live in a vacation state of mind.

Cuernavaca, Mexico 2016

Cuernavaca, Mexico 2016

Taking a break in Cancun

Taking a break in Cancun -2017

Railroad Museum and Archives in Puebla

Railroad Museum and Archives in Puebla -2016

Self Portrait - Oil 24" x 36" Inspired by the work of master painter Amedeo Modigliani

Self Portrait – Oil 24″ x 36″ Inspired by the work of master painter Amedeo Modigliani

Blue Mosque in Istanbul 04/2013