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 Oct 05 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 Oct 19 Limey Land (Great Britain) Stefan Merdler Limey Land (Cockney slang for England) is depicted in a photo “essay” of a hiking/walking trip that started in it 's Northern hills, moved southwards

to London and finished at it’s southernmost tip. To gain some perspective of the distances covered, England’s land mass fits into N.M. almost

2.5 times. But, what it lacks in size, it more than makes-up with great diversity of scenery, fascinating historical context and mellow weather.


The Lake District was first on our list to explore. This is hiking and mountain climbing terrain. Well constructed paths tempt one to go to numerous

destinations up high and low. Some pass by old cottages with a plethora of goodies to satiate one’s appetite. Old world charm abounds and it is easy

to fall back in time to the way life used to be.


Next by train going south to the city of London. Here, it teems with people of every color, culture and country. Numerous sites to visit, facilitated

by a subway system almost flawlessly operating on time. The fabulous world renowned Natural History museum, Kew Gardens and

Hyde Park among many.


Finally, way South to the tip of England, aptly named “Lands End”. This is Cornwall, “Poldark” country. Here, the landscape is defined by cliffs

in an everlasting struggle with the sea. Tin mining is a big part of it’s history. More charming villages and castles. Pork and kidney pie are on

the menu.
Stefan and Margarita Merdler
Sat Nov 02 Industrial Heritage Sites of the World Sarah Rovang Between July 2018 and June 2019, Sarah Rovang traveled to dozens of industrial heritage sites and over a hundred industrial museums in 14 different countries across 5 continents. From the diamond mines of South Africa, to the high plains of Chile 's Atacama Desert; from the lush, subtropical shipyards of southern Japan, to the verdant mill valleys of Northern England, Sarah 's year of travel spanned a staggering variety of cultural, geographic, and technological contexts. Funded by the Society of Architectural Historians, Sarah 's capacious itinerary was made possible through the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship. This unique postdoctoral fellowship sponsors a year of experiential travel—a kind of updated "Grand Tour " in which fellows select their itineraries based on thematic research interests. An architectural and cultural historian of modernity and industry, Sarah designed a route based around diverse examples of industrialization across the globe. In this presentation, we 'll explore just a few of the most outstanding sites from the trip. From the extraction of raw materials to the mass production of consumer goods including wine, lace, ramen noodles, and even coffins, this voyage into the industrial processes and landscapes of late 19th- and early 20th-century reveals surprising connections to our own economic, climatological, and social concerns today.
Sat Nov 16 Morocco: "Lawrence of Marrakech" T.R. Lawrence What starts out for T.R. Lawrence as a surfing vacation to Morocco turns into a series of life-changing adventures for him and soon after for his wife, Linda, too—stemming from such seemingly random events as a knock on the door, the casual flipping through a magazine, a duffle bag knocked off a shoulder, a walk through a Marrakech alley when suddenly being pulled into a shop, and a motorcycle ride behind a truck loaded with olives. T.R. 's fascinating and entertaining storytelling details his courage to pursue new opportunities moment by moment. You will embrace his excitement when he sees ten exquisite hand-woven saddle rugs during his first trip, which he can 't resist buying, and how that leads to a buyer back in the States. T.R. shares the joy of realizing he is stepping into a genuine business that will quickly become an adventurous lifestyle he is destined to live.

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T.R. Lawrence will give a slide presentation chronicling his travels and adventures with his wife, Linda O 'Leary, years ago in Morocco, at the Travel Bug on November 16. T.R. and Linda were the owners of Nomads of Santa Fe, a Moroccan import store on Shelby Street for over 17 years. The November 16th event celebrates the publication of his travel narrative, "Lawrence of Marrakech: Magical Markets of Morocco. "
Sat Nov 30