Bringing Poland to New Mexico
Ania Jordan’s journey from her hometown of Lublin to the diaspora of Polonia took a somewhat circuitous route.
She met her husband in Galway, Ireland, while she was working as an au-pair. Fast forward four years, and Ania with her family are now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which Ania, 33, says she finally calls home.
A teacher by profession, Ania works with the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles as a member of Komisja ds. Mediów i Wizerunku , and in her free time she creates learning materials for Polish language students. Not that she has much free time – for Ania is also mum to Zoe, aged two, and an entrepreneur, supplying Polish food favourites to connoisseurs of the Polish kitchen in New Mexico and beyond, via her website Europapantry.com.
Recalling her move to the US, Ania said: “For the first two years here I knew maybe two or three Polish people. In time I started the New Mexico Polonia Facebook page and I was actively searching for Poles in town.”
Needless to say, she found them, and was soon helping to organise picnics, lectures, consular visits and more.