A few years ago, I answered the call of a heaven-sent Angel in need of a NYC muse of sorts. The caller, Bibi Jordan, had been referred to me by a childhood friend of mine who had morphed into a Hollywood thespian of significant measure. My friend was certain hand would meet glove in a mutual ceremony of discovery and creative designs. His overture was an understatement and a gift I will be eternally grateful for.
Please meet our new Curator, HipSilver's "Resident Nomad", and my friend, Bibi Jordan, the harmonious "union of opposites " in this ostensible oxymoron.
Travel, with its attendant "treasures", is Bibi's true passion. She has danced samba in Carnival in the Sambodromo with Mangeira, trekked with the Bushmen in Botswana, "falconed" with the Bedouins in the Emirates, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Fuji, walked 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route across Spain, been dunked in the Zambezi River by a crocodile, and escaped kidnapping in the Andes. No doubt, Bibi has actively engaged her "bucket list" in the reality of "the now" and she encourages all the people she encounters to animate their imaginations and... "hit the road to exploration, rediscovery, and reflection."
Bibi is now dedicated to sharing her passion for travel, hospitality, culture, and the culinary arts with the HipSilver fellowship.
“I was not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land”. Seneca’s statement is Bibi’s motto. Bibi studied in four countries, worked in five continents, and learned six languages in a quest to unveil the allure of the unknown and share it with you as HipSilver’s Resident Nomad.
With a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in African Studies from L'Institut des Etudes Africaines from Geneva, Switzerland, and a Certificate from the London Film School, she founded a film agency in the Middle East and a video game company in Los Angeles before embarking on a career in travel writing and photography. Her award-winning books, SAFARI CHIC and SWAHILI CHIC, capture the intrepid style of eco-retreats and illustrate how to recreate the adventure back home.
Bibi is one of the very few ‘Dual Pilgrims” who have walked both the UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrim Routes, Camino de Santiago in Europe, and the Kuman Kodo in Japan, and she has been certified in the traditions of hospitality by the Confederation of Hospitaleros de Santiago. When not journeying afield, she practices the twin arts of travel and hospitality at her ‘caravanserai’, a Malibu AirBnB at an organic Meyer Lemon orchard where guests and volunteers from around the world are accommodated in the Safari Chic Tent, the Wabi Sabi reTREAT, the Malibu Yurt, and the Tiny House on Wheels, a Japanese Tea House where people eat organic, home-cooked menus collected around the globe. Above her dining table is a Japanese calligraphy scroll by Basho; “Each day is a journey, and the journey is home.”
Follow Bibi Jordan on Instagram @nomadchic