TRAVEL AND LIFESTYLE
“I was not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land”. This Seneca Tribe 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 so she can 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 a few ‘Dual Pilgrims” who have walked both 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 on 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, and are treated to 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”.