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 Jun 01 New Zealand Judy Costlow "New Zealand is an action-packed adventure that I wanted to try. I had the opportunity to visit both the North and South Islands, stretching myself to try various adventures and see the islands close up and personal. On the South Island I got to bike, hike, kayak, cruise, fly and jet boat to some of the most iconic and remote wildernesses. And on the North Island I got to road bike, spending time
in various cities for 3 days before moving on. I got to bike to Hobbiton, where the Lord of the Rings was made, hike around a volcano, bike to the Republic of Whangamomona, and experience the incredibly strong, resilient, and loving people of New Zealand. "

Judy Costlow
Sat Jun 15 A border Journey Smith, Morgan "The political battle over the wall, the tragedy of migrant families trapped at the Mexican border, the hostility of the ongoing immigration debate – these factors make the Mexican border a mysterious, confusing and, to many, frightening place.

The following photographic journey from Santa Teresa west of Ciudad Juárez through the city itself and then to Palomas, Mexico is intended to show a different, more heroic and humanitarian reality.
It includes Santa Teresa where Mixteca Indians sell trinkets and snacks: a school for Tarahumara indians; a housing project called Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesus; and Visión en Acción which provides shelter and care for some 120 mental patients.

Amigo Fiel is a program started by Carlos and Hector Garcia, brothers from Santa F, and La Iglesia de La Santa Muerte is an alternative religion.
La Casa del Migrante shelters migrants awaiting asylum hearings and La Casa de Amor Para Niños is a program for teen aged girls with its leaders mainly from Santa Fe. "

Morgan Smith
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. "
Sat Jul 13 Umbria Green Heart of Italy Bernard Mansheim Known as il cuore verde d’italia, the green heart of Italy, Umbria sits quietly between its better known neighbors Tuscany and Lazio, the regional homes of Florence and Rome. Umbria is land-locked, one of only four of the twenty regions of Italy. It is quite rural with lush mountainous areas surrounding its verdant valleys filled with olive groves, vineyards, and sunflowers.
Perugia is the largest city in Umbria with over 150,000 residents. None of the other prominent villages and towns approach its size. Nevertheless, who has not heard of Assisi, the home of St. Francis? Or Spoleto, the site of a world-famous annual performing arts venue that has run for over 50 consecutive years. Or Orvieto, famous for its beautiful duomo (cathedral) and production of a famous white wine?
I will take you on a tour of this fascinating, relatively unknown region, with its unique Umbrian cuisine that includes porchetta and truffles; its famous red wine, sagrantino, considered one of the finest vini rossi in the world- only found in Umbria; and its famously flavorful olive oil.
I will describe some historic details of Todi, arguably the best representation of all the ancient Italian hill towns.

It is OK with me if you publicize my email address (, my book "Todi Walking Tours " (which is on consignment at your shop), and my website (, which is currently being expanded.
I will send a photo in a separate email
Sat Jul 27 Sojourns and Adventures in Borneo by Neill McKee Neill Mckee Book Signing and slideshow

Neill McKee, author of Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah, will present a slide show on his many adventures while living four years in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo) and travels through the island, the third largest in the world. Some highlights include the variety of people, cultures and religions he came to know during 1968-70 as a Canadian volunteer teacher in Kota Belud; participation in weddings, burials and other cultural events; climbing the highest mountain in Southeast Asia; humorous events while traveling by motorcycle, including the creation of the North Borneo Frodo Society, which J.R.R. Tolkien joined. McKee returned to Sabah many times, first as a field staff for the volunteer program, and then as a filmmaker, when he documented the destruction of the tropical forest in the interior for oil palm plantations. He’ll discuss the impact of this on Borneo and the world’s climate, and what the future might hold for this land which is still a great travel destination for adventure travelers. He’ll also cover, in brief, the history of the island and its peoples and reflect on his own small contribution to Sabah’s development.