“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Donald Patrick Conroy
A Note from the Editor
By Jordan Sapir
Never in my wildest imaginings did I dream that out of all of the places I’ve traveled, I’d land in Munich, Germany. When I first arrived, I imagined it to be a quaint little town. Seemingly uncomplicated in comparison to Nanjing, where I studied abroad. Tel Aviv, a magical city where I’d lived and had so many adventures, was a euphoria of scents, color and sound. Milan and Paris boasted with historical landmarks and excitement. Switzerland was the antithesis to Spain, but Munich, Munich was my safe haven. I’d come here in August to work and relax. It amazed me how uncomplicated the city was. It was easy to meet people, and they were generally friendly. The calmness of it all. The city within a village romanticized me into settling here.
Twelve years later, now that I look back on why I made that decision (besides the fact, of course, that I had grown weary of traveling the world with only the clothes on my back), I know that I wouldn’t be able to be at peace in Munich if I hadn’t experienced life beyond Germany, life beyond America. In my incredibly fortunate experience, traveling is what made me who I am. Traveling aroused the inner artist, explorer, feminist power women who I am today. It gave her credibility and allure. In a sense, for me, exploring the world allowed me to break free from the chains of mediocrity. I was forced to let go of misconceptions, judgement and comfort. I was tested, put through the wringer, and asked to answer to a world that identified me not as a traveler, but as a US citizen, who was then governed by a highly detested president. It was as if I were accountable for all the actions of my country. A country with a tumultuous and tragic history with my race. I, surprisingly, became patriotic on the outside, representing my birth nation, and lost on the inside: well displaced.
My travels have taken me beyond my comfort zone and lead me to live in a world far from my birth place and everything I knew. Traveling doesn’t have to end when you’re an expat, or a parent. Traveling can also be within your borders. A child’s world is very contained and limited. Their world is defined by what they are exposed to and who they know. Travel is a profound tool for learning. It is also paramount to cultural, social and personal balance. To see the world you don’t have to look far; you just have to be open. As the days lengthen and imaginations soar in the summer winds, think of all the places you can go. You don’t have to look far to see the world. The world is what you make it and what you make of it. The world can be closer than you realize.
This June, we’ll go on an expedition of world travel through the eyes of Über Moms. We’ll find out their favorite places, where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. An extraordinary part of being an Über Mom are our aspirations for ourselves and our children. We not only want to give them the world, we want them to see it, through their own lenses, with our guidance. We aspire to reach beyond our own worlds and to show them the highest peak and the lowest valleys, in hopes that they gain the plethora of knowledge that travel provides.
How will you discover the world with your family this June?
Jordan Sapir, mother of two glitter-laden girls, 2 and 5, studied Journalism and International Political Science in NYC, a place she once called home. She can slaughter five languages fluently. She has worked in a newsroom or two, walked a catwalk or three, and is all for an impromptu adventure. Having traded in her Prada for pretzels, the founder of Über Moms lives in Munich, where she is a stay at home mom and studying to become a certified nutritionist. She is a mommy on a mission and wants to help fellow mothers raise healthy happy families, and beat a PR here and there.