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 Subject Presenter Description
Sat Jan 25 SOMOS' Literary Pilgrimage to Ireland Jan Smith SOMOS ' Literary Pilgrimage to Ireland

"Journey to Ireland on a SOMOS Literary Pilgrimage to roam its breath-taking countryside and immerse yourself in the origins of famous Irish writers and poets. We will discover how the beauty, shape, and color of the land & sea inspired their writing and informed a whole genre of Irish literature, the Dinnsheanchas (place-lore). Over nine days we will place our "feet on the ground " in many of Ireland 's northern and western counties to trace the mythic landscape and literature of James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, W. B. Yeats, C. S. Lewis, Edna O 'Brien, John Millington Synge, Oscar Wilde, and Nuala O 'Faolain, among others. Your literary guide, Jan Smith, Executive Director of SOMOS, has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. SOMOS is a 36 year old literary organization that presents national and international writers for readings/ workshops and offers ongoing literary programs.

Attend an informational meeting at Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe on Saturday, 1/25/20, at 5 PM for a detailed itinerary (via power point and images), learn about pricing, a timeline for payment plans and chosen dates. To be placed on an email list for further information about the trip - email: or call Jan Smith at 575-758-0081. For Writers, Readers and Learners, Join the Fun in Ireland! "

Jan Smith
Sat Feb 08 Oaxacan Guelaguetza Festival Dance Janie Cravens "Join Janie Cravens, owner of Open Heart Tours, for a vicarious trip to the most famous indigenous dance festival in Mexico.

For nine days every July, all the major native communities of Oaxaca travel from their villages to the city to present traditional dancing, costumes, parades, walking bands, native food, and artisanal crafts. Oaxaca is in joyous celebration with delights for all your appetites -- your eyes, heart and tummies, to say nothing of your dancing feet. Oaxaca is an international culinary destination and the birthplace of mole, mezcal, corn and chocolate. Janie will bring some of these delights for youto try on Feb 8th, but she 's not saying which ones! "

Janie Cravens
Sat Feb 22 Renewable Energy in Mongolia Rebekah Kanter
Sat Mar 07 Italy, Through the Lens of a Photographer Tom Coplen Italy, Through the Lens of a Photographer

See Italy through the camera lens as we take you on a photographic journey of a three-week adventure exploring Rome, the Amalphi Coast, Florence and Tuscany! See Capri, Positano, Cinque Terre and many more incredible and beautiful destinations. You will have the benefit of viewing one of the most beautiful and photogenic countries in the world through the eyes of Tom Coplen, owner of BuenaVista Photography an award winning architectural photography company based out of Austin Tx and Santa Fe NM. Our journey will focus on nature, travel, architectural and photo journalism/documentary images. Included in the presentation will be time for discussion and Q/A of photography concepts and techniques if desired.
Sat Mar 21 Four Seasons in Mongolia Shebana Coelho Drawing on her year long Fulbright fellowship in Mongolia, India-born, Santa Fe-based writer/performer Shebana Coelho shares photos and multimedia portraits of encounters with nomadic communities in the buur hodoo, the countryside, including spring in Hentii province during calving season; summer in northern Hovsgol province, autumn herding camels in the Gobi desert and winter in the westermost province of Bayan Olgii - and selects from the city of Ulanbataar as well. She is currently compiling her Mongolia dispatches into a book, "On the Move in Mongolia. "