Izzy – The Ultimate Clumsy Traveler
I‘m clumsy as hell. Not a day passes by without me falling, bumping into something or dropping something. So you can imagine how eventful my travel can be. I’m the ultimate clumsy traveler.
Anyone who knows me for just 10 seconds will figure out how ungraceful my movements can be. I’ve improved over the years, but still I’m no Kate Middleton, not by far. Actually I don’t want to be a Kate Middleton (no offense).
What’s my Story?
I’m an Arab woman, born and raised in Jordan, to two Palestinian refugees. In a way I think I inherited the refugee trauma from my parents. So ever since I can remember I’ve been looking for a home.
“Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease” – Nagib Mahfouz
I haven’t found that place yet. I haven’t found home, and I don’t know if I ever will. All I know is that I’ll continue to travel in search for it. Until I find home, I’m going to make and tell stories of this journey. Some of the stories will be full of laughter. Others will be full of tears. But through the triumphs and the muddles, I should hope to inspire the heart of at least one person in this world.
Why am I a clumsy traveler?
I have come to conclude that the reason I’m this clumsy is trifold:
- I’ve been born to a patriarchal paradigm which Infantalized me. This is a long story which I’ll be telling throughout this blog (some serious heavy shit to tell you).
- Despite the above, I think I’m wonder woman and my perception of my limited physical abilities is significantly skewed.
- I’ve been struggling with a vision condition called conical cornea, which distorted what I see for a long time until I had an operation. I believe I’m still trying to get used to seeing well (6 years after the operation “rolling eyes”).
This said, I’m continuously trying to find my grace. I’m definitely learning, and in this blog, I will chronicle my growth through travel, from a humorous perspective.
What will you find out when you meet me?
- I have a M.Sc. degree in environment management and policy, and I’m pretty much involved in all serious global issues
- I carry my passion with me wherever I go, I do everything with passion, even my accidents are almost always done with passion
- I worked in the corporate sector for 12 years. Then on a whim (the running theme of my life) I decided to throw my corporate career to the wind and do this (Shit! what the hell did I just do?)
- Feminism is my thing, and you will know it as soon as you start reading this blog.
- Cats rule.
To sum it all up, I’m a clumsy woman with a purpose. and I’m doing this to achieve my purpose. If you have any questions or if you care to meet up (if I’m in your town), you can call me up here.
Emma – The Graceful Mentor
When you read any of my travel tales, you will probably get a fairly good idea that in contrast to my travel partner, Izzy, I am more of a graceful mentor and traveler.
Travel for me is a gateway to opening myself to new colors, sounds, smells, tastes, designs and new experiences. My heart beats fast as I venture into a new journey, and my adrenalin pumps high. I get excited when I start to plan any new adventure. Travel is my escape and my addiction.
What’s My Story?
I consider myself a woman that comes from a melting pot of different cultures. I was born in Jordan but did not grow up in this beautiful mystical land. I consider myself a child of many cultures as I grew up in Greece, France and England in addition to inheriting from my homeland the culture of kindness, generosity, hospitality and wandering; the essence of being a nomad, a Bedouin.
This nomadic lifestyle since childhood made me fall in love with travel, discovering new places, experiences and cultures. This passion stills burns in me, and my travel tales will show you a graceful insight to the destinations I have visited, and their treasures and little secrets are explored and revealed.
What will you find out when you meet me?
- I’m a corporate marketing magician, with substantial experience in the field, I also left my corporate job the moment I felt I needed a break. Now this break is turning into something promising with this blog and my future adventures with Izzy and on my own.
- I have a great taste in things that matter in life, travel, art, food and drinks, sports and sometime a cuban cigar.
- I plan thoroughly, I have a clear idea in my head for where I’m headed whether physically or conceptually.
- I’m a strong-willed woman, you’ll know that 10 seconds into meeting me, and this has been of great value in my life.
- Tennis Rules.
To sum it all up, I’m a seasoned, well-planned, graceful traveller. I’m always looking to enrich my senses with new experiences and so I plan accordingly. I’m looking forward to impart my wisdom upon Izzy and our readers.