Calendar of Travel Bug Events

We present talks and/or slide shows on travel or geographically related subjects.
Most events are on Saturdays and take place in our store and are free
All begin at 5 PM unless otherwise noted and last for about an hour.
We attempt to have a presentation every other Saturday
Date Category Subject Presenter Description
Sat Apr 29 Slide Show Mongolia - Chasing Nomads, Unusual Animals, and Shamans Rebecca Kanter Mongolia, the REAL middle of nowhere, a country containing approximately the land mass of 1/3 of continental USA with only 1.5 million people, 1/2 of whom live in the capital city. During my trip there in the summer of 2016, in addition to spending time in the capital city Ulaan Bataar and its immediate surroundings, I traveled to the far west, about 30 miles from the Chinese border. In fact it is Kazakhstan, but for a lonely border. Then after a harrowing off-road ride in a Siberian vehicle, I rode a horse about 90 miles to where Tuva meets Siberia meets Mongolia. There I visited the Reindeer people and had the great privilege of receiving a ceremony from one of their world renowned shamans. Come see my photos and hear their story.

My presentation will be a talk about, and photos of my trip this past August to Mongolia. I will discuss my visit with the Kazakhs who live with wolves and hunt with eagles. I will also show photos of, and discuss my long distance journey off road on horseback to meet the dwindling group of people who live with reindeer up near the Siberian and Tuvan border. I will also discuss my visit with the shaman of the reindeer people, relatives of the deceased shaman about whom the documentary 'The Horse Boy ' was made. With my travel log I will intersperse interesting facts and information about this fascinating and unusual country.
Sat May 06 Booksigning Famine, War Love -- Booksigning Stephen Joseph
Mon May 08 Book Group Travel Bug Book Group greg Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Meet in the store 6 pm Monday April 17
Sat May 13 Slide Show China Philmont Taylor Topic: China; Yangtze River (including the Three Gorges Dam), Guilin and
Yangshuo (including the Li River)

Description: My presentation will discuss my Yangtze River cruise downstream
from Chongqing through the Three Gorges Dam to Shanghai. I 'll talk a little
bit about the White Emperor City/Bai Di Cheng, a brief stop along the way
and a subject of China 's most famous Tang Dynasty poet, Li Bai. We 'll then
see some of the magnificent karst hills of Guilin in Guangxi Province, and
travel the incomparable Li River south to Yangshuo.

While this was my first trip to the Chinese mainland, it was not my first
experience with China. I studied Chinese (pu tong hua) at the Monterey
Institute of Foreign Studies in the late 70s and received a Rotary
Foundation graduate fellowship to Taiwan upon graduation. I was elated to
discover that my spoken Mandarin is still quite understandable, providing me
with a deep and rich travel experience.

Photo caption: A four-hour boat ride from Guilin to Yangshuo in Guangxi
Province in southeast China (a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007)
provides ample photo opportunities of rugged karst landscapes.
Sat May 27 Slide Show Jill Charboneau & Dana Simmons
Short stays are the norm in Cultural Travel. "Sicily in 10 Days." "Four Days in Istanbul." " A Week Paris, Rome, Berlin and London" There is another way to travel...slow travel. Some might call it infinitesimal travel. Live in one place for three months Stay in the same house or apartment. Shop daily at the same open-air markets with familiar vendors. And get know your non-English speaking neighbors.

Five years ago Jill Charboneau and Dana Simmons began traveling in Mediterranean climates around the world staying three months in each place, Siracusa, Sicily; Cape Town, South Africa; Adelaide, Australia and Valparaiso Chile; Guanajuato Mexico; Merida, Mexico and Naxxar, Malta. Through those experiences they developed a practical how-to for a longer, deeper experience with other cultures.

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 Jill and Dana will tell you how to make your desire for slower, deeper, more relaxing travel a reality. They will tell you how to choose your destination, pick a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle, find affordable self-catered housing, identify a hospitable landlord and plan for the needs of your daily life.

You CAN go, stay and submerge yourself in a new culture more easily than you imagine. Join us to learn how.

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