Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|Sat May 04||Colombia||DP Waldman & Monica Bitar||
COLOMBIA - Land of Magical Realism
Recommended by the NY Times as the 2nd best tourist destination for 2018!
Join us on a fascinating photo journey through 6 Colombian departments (states).
We start in the vibrant capital city of BogotÃ¡ with its world-class street art, largest crafts fair in Latin America and vital cultures & cuisines;
We then head to the Caribbean Coast, to historic Cartagena with its stunning colonial walled city center and the largest bird sanctuary in the continent; we visit native crafts people in nearby but remote areas of San Jacinto â€“ land of handmade hammocks & Mompox â€“ famous home of gold & silver filigree.
Next stop: Barranquilla for the 2nd largest carnival in the world!
On to Santa Marta & its spectacular surroundings; with some of the most beautiful beaches on the Caribbean and the junction where lush jungle, the highest coastal mountains in the world and the ocean meetâ€¦and lastly La Guajira, the most northern part of Colombia and the South American continent, home of the desert-dwelling indigenous Wayuu tribe and their centuries old crafts traditions.
Bienvenidos a Colombia!
MÃ³nica Bitar (Colombian) & DP Waldman (American)
|Sat May 18||Lombardy Italy Food & Rock Art||John Pitts||May 18, 2019, TRAVEL BUG SHOW
â€œLombardy: Rock Art and Cuisineâ€
By John L. Pitts
John Pitts decided to participate in the 20th International Congress of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) held in Boario Terme (Brescia Province) at the end of August 2018. He has been leading a team to document new petroglyph discoveries for several years.
While enjoying the 5-day conference and visiting several local rock art sites with experts, we were challenged by transiting pedestrian-only streets in Bergamo Alta, coursing the deep valleys of Valtellina, Valcamonica, climbing mountain passes to ascend into Switzerland and eventually touring the ever-popular Lago di Garda.
While in Italy a total of ten days, John managed to gain seven pounds, and it was worth every moment! In his Travel Bug presentation, he will also discuss one of the most unique and rewarding restaurant chains found anywhere, the Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo, a group of ca. 100 eateries in Italy which are committed to preserving ancient recipes using locally-produced ingredients.
|Sat Jun 01||New Zealand||Judy Costlow|
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|Sat Jun 29||Ethiopia Tribal and Ethnic Adventures||Barbara Wagner|| "Ethiopia is old beyond imaginings and arguably one of the world 's most exotic countries that very few people ever visit. Towering mountains, sapphire blue lakes and rolling savannas characterize its rugged landscape. An immense variety of plants and animals includes 23 endemic species of birds and the world 's rarest canid, the Ethiopian Wolf.
Ethiopia is 'the cradle of mankind ' with an ancient and often tortuous past whose written history in the language of Ge 'ez goes back over 2000 years. It was during the Axumite Empire in 400 BCE that Coptic Christianity was introduced from Egypt and centuries later Europeans sought out the mythical Prestor John, a Christian king, who was said to be able to change the course of the rivers. Today,
In contrast, are the Omotic tribes of the south who adhere to ancient animistic rituals. Beaded leather skirts and complimentary body painting, feathered headdresses and dramatic scarifications make the Hamar, Bumi, Karo, Bena and Arbore people among the most interesting and outstanding tribal cultures in Africa. More isolated are Mursi whose women wear large lip plates symbolizing worth and beauty.
We invite you to make this land part of your world and life experience. "