Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|Sat Feb 24||Slide Show||Japanâ€™s Kumano Kodo Trek||Rochelle Gerratt||Japanâ€™s Kumano Kodo Trek to Sacred Shrines
Last spring my husband and I hiked five days on the Kumano Kudo, Japanâ€™s popular pilgrimage route. For over the last 1,000 years everyone from samurai warriors to commoners have trekked on these pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Kii Peninsula south of Kyoto. We hiked 35 miles on a small section through verdant forests, on stone paths that led us to wide valleys and up mountains, past farmersâ€™ fields and small villages, stopping to visit the many sacred shrines and temples along the way. We experienced how ancient animistic Shinto rituals combine with Buddhist traditions as exhibited in the small shrines along the trails as well as the Grand Shrines at the large temples. Each day after our hike we stayed at a different village ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, where an onsen, a hot spring bath, awaited our tired bones as well as a gourmet multi-course meal. Every night we slept well, wrapped in fluffy down comforters on futon mats laid out on the tatami straw mat floor in our rooms.
|Mon Mar 05||Book Group||BookGroup - "Pachinko" by Mim Jin Lee||Staff||Meet in the store at 6 pm
What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. I read this in one day because I simply could not put it down. By far one of the best books I 've read this year
So so Review:
Because she covers SO much history and SO many charactersâ€”in, albeit, a quite lengthy book (nearly 500) pagesâ€”I never felt connected to anyone in particular. I thought it started out alright, picked up around page 80 and stayed strong for the remainder of that section. But then we jumped in time so much and through so many characters, that I never understood why I should care about them, only that they were related to previous characters.
|Sat Mar 10||Slide Show||Wandering through Jewish Past of Spain||Laurie Gunst||Accidental Sefardita: Wanderings though the Jewish Past of Spain.
Sanga Fe 's crypto jewish history.
Title: "Wanderings through the Jewish Past of Spain..and Beyond "
Before Santa Fe author Laurie Gunst went to Spain last summer, she knew that some of her maternal ancestors were Sephardic Jews: those who called the Iberian peninsula home, until the 1492 Edict of Expulsion. What Gunst did not know, however, was that in her journey of remembrance and discovery she would find the traces of the 15th-century Castilian ancestor whose forced exile to the Netherlands established her family there.
This winter, she returned to Amsterdam to search for her personal history in that city 's Sephardic diaspora. Her talk will focus not only on her exploration of this captivating--and tragic--past, but also on the unexpected emotional consequences of the genealogical quest. Considering our current fascination with DNA research and the search for our ancestral roots, her presentation promises to be both timely and compelling.
Laurie Gunst is the author of two non-fiction books: "Born Fi ' Dead: a Journey through the Jamaican Posse Underworld " (1995) and "Off-White: A Memoir " (2005).
|Sat Mar 24||Slide Show||Walking West on the Camino||Johnna Studebaker||
The author and her sister walk the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage, the Way of Saint James, from Le Puy-en-Velay in France, crossing the Pyrenees, and then finally reaching Santiago in northwestern Spain for almost a thousand miles and the adventure of a lifetime. This is a discussion with those who have walked the Way as well as with aspiring pilgrims, and with those who are curious and simply want to join in the adventure that is the Camino this night. Photos of the Camino add to the ambience of this soulful journey. For hikers, pilgrims, adventurers, and those curiousâ€”come join us. The Camino calls its own.
|Sat Apr 07||Lecture||UNESCO World Heritage Sites, what are they?||Dillon Wild||You ever wonder what makes a UNESCO world heritage site? Join Travel Bug 's Dillon Wild for a tour through 10 countries, a few dozen sites, and a brief outlook of the cultural history that bimds them all together.
World heritage is everyone 's heritage. Come join us for the story of the west, if only in outline!