Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|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. Heâ€™ll discuss the impact of this on Borneo and the worldâ€™s climate, and what the future might hold for this land which is still a great travel destination for adventure travelers. Heâ€™ll also cover, in brief, the history of the island and its peoples and reflect on his own small contribution to Sabahâ€™s development.
|Sat Aug 10||Hiroshima - A Nuclear Perspective||Yasuyo Nugent||
Some of the information you encounter at Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, may challenge you on your long held beliefs about some critical events during and after WW2. In this presentation, I 'd like to introduce such information along with the data from other resources in the hope of casting a different light on some facts and truths about:
- why the U.S. used nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
- why Japan surrendered in August 1945
- what happened to survivors and their offspring (aftereffects of radiation)
- Japan 's position on global nuclear disarmament (past and present)
In the slides, I 'll include a few pictures of the paintings that some survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki painted. They painted remembering what they saw and experienced after the bombs were used. They 're not professional painters, but their pictures will speak to you without words.
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|Sat Aug 24|
|Sat Sep 07||Land of the Thunder Dragon - Bhutan||Gene Goldberg||Land of the Thunder Dragon - Bhutan
The small Kingdom of Bhutan sits balanced in the valleys of the Himalayas, balanced between the giants of China and India, balanced between an ancient past and a modern future, balanced between a manual, rural lifestyle and a digital urban one, between Buddhist traditions and the industrial age. Bhutan is about the same size as Switzerland with about 1/10 the population; 800,000 or about the same as Albuquerque, NM. It is one of the few countries in the world that has been independent throughout its history. The first paved road was built in 1964 and the first foreign tourists permitted in 1974. In 2008 the country became a constitutional monarchy with the adoption of the current constitution and the ascension of the current king, Jigme Keshar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Bhutan ranges in elevation from 318 feet to 28,430. Partly because of this it has one of the greatest bio-diversities in Asia. It is also the only carbon neutral country in the world, a result of low industrial development, few vehicles, and over 60% of its land still being forested.
From 2008 to 2017 Gene made four visits to Bhutan leading Sierra Club Outings there.
|Sat Sep 21|