Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|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 dâ€™italia ", or 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.
- Bernard Mansheim
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|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 Nyugent|
|Sat Aug 24||Motorcycle Belize||Debby Pearson|