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 26 Peru - Corpus Christi Festival Paul Baumann Corpus Christi Fiesta in Cuzco – Peru

When one hears about Peru, people think about Machu Picchu and the Inca heritage. However there is a lot more to experience in Cuzco where the native Quechua and Spanish cultures collided in the 1530s and then melded in a unique syncretic culture where ancient native beliefs are still to be found under a Spanish veneer.
Since 2015 I organize one yearly tour to Peru focusing on the Corpus Christi fiesta in May – June when the people of Cuzco celebrate the Catholic belief on the Body of Christ by having all the Patron Saints of Cuzco parading through the city to pay homage to the image of Christ in the city cathedral. Unbeknown to most is that this fiesta “replaced” the Inca tradition when the mummies of the Inca emperors where taken out in parades through Inca Cuzco where they were revered by the Inca people. The Quechua / Inca deities are still very much alive today through the Andes and Cuzco. Besides introducing you to Cuzco’s biggest fiesta We will visit Machu Picchu , Olantaytambo and other well known Inca sites as well as the less visited site of Tipon.

Biographical notes.
I grew up in the Urubamba Sacred valley on and off in the sixties and seventies. I worked as an archaeologist and tour guide in the Inca Trail in 1980 and in 1985 started working with artisans in Peru importing their crafts for the next 30 years.
Sat Feb 09 Tuscany Brian Edwards As part of his MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Santa Fe photographer Brian Edwards participated in the AAU Summer Abroad in Florence, Italy, from June through August of 2018. This trip included excursions to other Tuscany locations, including Venice, Montepulciano, Porto Venere, Siena, Pienza, and Cortuno. Brian also visited locations in Puglia including Bari, Alborobello, Martina Franca, and the home of his great-grandparents, Bovino. Brian will show a selection of images from most of these places, some of which will be part of his final MFA degree project, to be completed in the Spring of 2019.

Please let if know if this works. I can make whatever revisions you see fit. My sincerest apologies for being late with this.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to show my work at Travel Bug!

Sat Feb 23 Empowering the Solo Traveler Laurie McDonald For an obsessive-compulsive (O-C for short), the idea of traveling is usually nothing more than that, an idea. An O-C actually doing the traveling is a terrifying prospect; we are far too circumscribed and self-regulated to accomplish the planning, get on the planes, find our accommodations at our destinations, and actually enjoy the process. Fold in introversion, and you’ve got a crippling combination. Solo travel? Forget it.
Laurie McDonald, writing as Eva Rome, will give a reading from her book Travel for STOICs: Empowering the Solo Traveler Who is Obsessive, Introverted, and Compulsive and will show slides of objects, places, and products mentioned in her book.
Travel for STOICs is a travel book, a memoir, and a survival manual, but of a different sort. It’s not about which great restaurants to patronize or what sites are a must-see in a given place; it’s about how to master solo travel challenges that happen in between those activities while successfully managing your O-C, introverted self. This book is especially for the STOIC—the Solo Traveler: Obsessive, Introverted, Compulsive—and for those who care about our well-being and happiness. Advice from the Classical world’s Stoics is presented throughout.
“Engaging…adventurous readings of the great Stoic philosophers. Her goal throughout is to empower the introvert, intriguingly stressing the freedom that such travelers can have by striking out alone…oddly inviting…thought-provoking.” –Kirkus Reviews
Sat Mar 09 Greenland Wilderness William Glassley Greenland is the world 's largest island. Most of it resides above the Arctic Circle and is covered by the northern hemisphere 's largest ice sheet. But around its edge there occurs one of Earth 's largest contiguous wilderness landscapes. Massive mountains, majestic fjords and flower-carpeted tundra fields stretch for hundreds of untouched miles, offering a wilderness that is seldom seen, except by the few indigenous people who live there. William Glassley, working with Danish colleagues John Korstgård and Kai Sørensen, has spent numerous field seasons living in that landscape, conducting academic research to unravel the geological history of that terrain. In this presentation, he will provide a guided visual exploration of Nature 's artistry in the fjords and beaches, rivers and mountains of that nearly untouched world. Portions of this talk will include material from his award-winning book, A Wilder Time: Notes From a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice (Bellevue Literary Press, 2018). He can be contacted at
Sat Mar 23 Nepal Trek to Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Area Helga Schimkat and Greg Reid In December 2019 Helga and Greg completed a 16-day trek in Nepal’s Himalaya Mountains with a small group, mostly New Mexicans. The trek took them from the Lukla Airport with its very short uphill runway, to the town of Namche Bazaar, then up to the Gokyo Lakes, over the Cho La Pass and on to the Everest Base Camp area before heading back down. They hiked to 18,000 feet on Kala Patthar and walked across one glacier and down another. The group stayed at teahouses in which the sleeping rooms hit a low of 8°F one night and the bathroom floors were icy. Yaks, mules, trekkers, people going to market, kids going to school, and trekking and commercial porters traveled the trails and suspension bridges. Prayer flags, mani stones, stupas, and prayer wheels could be found in even the most remote locations.

A few days in Kathmandu before and after, allowed Helga and Greg to see the sites of the crowded city, including Buddhist and Hindu temples, the neighboring ancient city Bhaktapur, and Durbar Square.