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 a 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 prevented me from fulfilling my goal.

My name is Nydia O. Tapia-Gonzales, and I am a writer, poet in training and tourism professional with 28 years of experience.

This blog is a personal journal where I share many experiences, my trips, poems, paintings and even prayers. I write and talk to other talented artists from the Rio Grande Valley.  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, but this tells you I’m real. I created La Vida Valle in 2011 with one goal in mind: to talk about my life in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I believe we are an area that is seldom understood, appreciated,  and is even feared. My life, like the lives of many others here, is quiet and boring at times and at other times it’s exciting and inspirational. Sometimes in Spanish, sometimes in English and sometimes I’ll write in Spanglish!

I am a bilingual freelance writer and will write engaging stories for businesses and organizations to promote their services.

With my husband and favorite travel partner Lupe.
Jerusalem 2016. A trip the forever lives in my memory and my heart.
Blue Mosque in Istanbul 2013 — Another life-changing experience.
Self Portrait — Oil 24′ x 36′ Inspired by the work of master painter Amedeo Modigliani

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 welcome story ideas, news tips, suggestions and especially your feedback. Please contact me, Nydia Tapia-Gonzales at nydia@lavidavalle.com – Last but not least, I invite you to live in a vacation state of mind.

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