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 May 27 Slide Show Cultural Tourism 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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Sat Jun 10 Slide Show Endangered Gorillas in Congo Helga Schimkat Helga and Greg traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a few days in June 2016 to see the endangered Grauer’s gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. They also visited Virunga National Park and tracked mountain gorillas. Helga and Greg will show pictures from the trip and talk about the gorillas as well as their adventures in Goma, Bukavu and an overnight ferry between the two cities. They’ll include some discussion of the two weeks they spent in Uganda at the start of the trip where they participated in chimpanzee research with Earthwatch and visited a white Rhino sanctuary that is working to bring back the population to Uganda’s national parks.
Sat Jun 24 Slide Show Machu Picchu and Galapagos Stefan Merdler More than a century after it’s “discovery" by Hiram Bingham, Machu Pichu the archaeological treasure deep in the Peruvian jungle, continues to exert a euphoric spell over those lucky enough to visually experience it’s wonders. Words can hardly give justice to it’s incredible “in the sky” mountain location.

Engulfed almost daily by gossamer clouds, it reveals itself gradually until the sun prevails. Only then does one see the awe inspiring vistas in all directions, with stone staircases, ceremonial plazas, terraces and numerous temples. A creation of a truly gifted and talented Inca civilization that existed centuries ago.

At the other end of the outdoor spectrum are the Galapagos islands. For the most part sitting just a few feet above sea level, semi-arid and covered by thorny scrub. They are home to a diverse and extremely interesting mix of fauna. Their domain has been created by volcanic activity triggered by the collision between the earths crustal plates far below. Isolation of the fauna from the mainland over geological time allowed them to evolve unafraid of humans. This amazing happenstance allows relatively easy observation of their habits. Today, Galapagos for nature lovers and photographers is truly a paradise filled with opportunities.
Sat Jul 08 Slide Show Mustang Nepal Norman, Wilbur The Ancient Mustang Himalayan Kingdom of Lo
A Photo-Journey with Wilbur Norman

I trekked in Upper Mustang to the capital, Lo Monthang, in May 2017 to photograph the Tiji Festival ushering out old man winter and ringing in springtime and the earth 's renewed fertility. It was an extra special event as the former King had recently died and was being sent on to his next life cycle. It was also special for me as I was hosted by the king 's son, the former Crown Prince. (I use the word former because the Communists took power in Nepal in 2008 and the country became a Republic with all monarchies eliminated.)

More important than my personal photographic project was creating images for The Himalayan Stove Project . They have distributed thousands of eco-friendly cookstoves to isolated villagers and communities throughout the country. These clean-burning stoves reduce deforestation with their need for less fuel and are helping mitigate a devastating World Health Organization finding: household air pollution from cooking over an open fire kills 4.7 million people around the world every year – more than HIV, malaria and TB combined.

Mustang, Nepal (formerly named the Kingdom of Lo) is a Tibetan cultural region located in the Himalayas between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Upper Mustang, the northern area following the Kali Gandaki River, the world 's deepest gorge, was closed to outsiders until 1992. Since then the region has been available to a limited number of travelers on a formal permit basis.

Join us at Travel Bug for an eye-opening view along this remote section of the Roof of the World.

George Basch, of the Himalayan Stove Project, will also be in attendance for opening remarks.
Sat Jul 22 Slide Show Outer Hebrides June Julian
The Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Rodrick MacLennan

Join us for a taste of the sights, sounds, archaeology and art of this magical place. At the last group of islands west of Scotland, with nothing between you and North America but the North Atlantic, is a place of wildness, ancient civilizations, and a people to take your heart. The Outer Hebrides are islands of more water than land. Here are the tops of ancient mountains, wonderful beaches, wildlife, birds, sea life, and legends. I could just go on and on, and I will.

Presented by:
Double Diamond Archaeology
Art Intendo