Hey there. My name is Jordana. Welcome to the Urban Xenophile, a non-chronological and sometimes provacative journaling of travel, lifestyle, culture and motherhood. You won’t find “trigger warnings” here, and you may not agree with some of the views and opinions expressed here, but that is what makes us all the more richer; Opening our hearts and minds to different perspectives.
Let’s get to know each other.
I’m a Canadian-born army brat, anthropology graduate, hailing from the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I’m a recently converted city girl who planted roots in a beautiful little town where the eagles descend upon us in graceful hoards every November, and where the sea meets the sky. It’s the perfect setting to stoke my three main passions in life. Being a mother to my beautiful, adventure-loving son; Exploring new landscapes and the cultures that inhabit them; And telling stories. Lot’s and lot’s of stories.
The Travel Bit.
I could drone on about being some kind of natural born adventurer, but that wouldn’t be honest. Yes, my wildest dreams could be found amidst the pages of worn and tattered National Geographics in my elementary school library. But that was whimsy. And yes, I had a mother who’s sense of adventure was wild and inspiring , but it never seemed to take hold of me. That is until I left home at 19. My love of travel was a slow burn that became an inferno, and 70 plus countries later I am officially addicted. Not only do I write about my travel experiences, I’ve been a travel professional for over 15 years and run my own consulting company.
The Writing Bit.
Writing was my very first love. It was my shelter. My escape. My loyal old friend. Since the age of 7, the written word is an art form I’ve been trying to master. Be it perpetually re-drafting the novel I’ll never publish, half-finished poem scribbled on the back of an envelope, or now, fully-realized blog post; Writing helps me see the world with clarity and express myself honestly.
The Motherhood Bit.
The road to motherhood was long. Arduous. My greatest realized dream. It has been everything I wanted it to be, and yet, far, FAR more than I could have ever bargained for, but not in the way you think (so stay tuned). If you are a new mom, a veteran mom, not a mom, or human being thinking about parenthood, we share this chapter in common. Motherhood, in one way or another, shapes us all.
The Culture Bit.
I have a degree in “what makes us different and what makes us the same.” Anthropology is often accused of being one of the most useless pursuits (in a practical sense) but I think it’s undervalued, misunderstood and permeates everyday life more than people are willing to admit and, it begs the big question: Why do we do the things we do? Naturally, travel and culture go hand-in-hand. Throw in being an ethnic minority, living in a small town, and experiencing the world as a woman of colour and we’ve got ourselves a treasure trove of stories.
And Finally. The Lifestyle Bit.
Like two million of my fellow Canadians, I live with an auto-immune disease. It hasn’t always been this way. But as 2019 come to a fast close, it became apparent that I couldn’t sit back on my heels and let it rule my life. So this part of the blog will involve me exploring new diets, new exercise regimes, new mindful routines and new ways to tackle this disease in 2020 and the years to come. And if you’re going through the same, let’s take this journey together.