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2014

 

January, 2014:

Ukraine: USA 1789
by
Steve Rhine

Think of the United States in 1789. We were 10 years into the experiment of our independence. Many wanted to go back to be under Great Britain's rule. Many wanted to continue on the journey towards establishing a nation. We struggled to figure out our identity. In many ways, Ukraine is on the same journey towards finding its identity apart from and with Russia. Tonight we'll explore the sights, sounds, and politics of Ukraine.


Febuary, 2014:

On Safari in Kenya and Tanzania
by
Divonna Cossel and Wilbur & Lela Jackson

In Africa everything is different. Divonna Cossel, along with Wilbur and Lela Jackson, will share their adventures on safari in Kenya and Tanzania.  Divonna describes it as "the most fascinating place in the world as far as animals and people go. It is changing fast, so see it while it is still there."


March, 2014:

Shangri-la and Beyond:
Tibetan Peaks, Plateaus and People
by

Tim Obendorf

Tibet is a lot bigger than one might think. Present day North Sichuan, Southern Gansu and Qinghai provinces comprise the Tibet of Tibetans. This huge swath of geography takes in several tribes of Tibetans, each with their own unique culture and traditions. Tim Obendorf will take us on a journey through Tibetan regions, sharing from experiences he has had cycling in them. His travels to Tibet began in 1995 and are continuing into the present.


April, 2014:

The Three Cities of Panama City
by
Ed and Sue Hallett

The Three Cities of Panama City–one has a canal! Ed & Sue will talk about the ancient city and the old city and the new city that is Panama City. They will show photos of the Canal from their restaurant table, and will take a trip to the Caribbean side of Panama - to see sloths.


May, 2014:

Driving Patagonia
by
Tom and Verna Morrison

This was a South American Adventure, driving 500 miles on the famous Carretera Austral highway through Patagonian Chile. This road is almost entirely unpaved, with millions of potholes, scarce gasoline, sparse population and occasional landslides. But the scenery was worth it -- spectacular mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, fjords, and thick forests. Our trip ended at Cape Horn, after experiencing the sights of the Beagle Strait with its fascinating history. 


June, 2014:

Lithuania!
by
Galen Harms

In this presentation we’ll visit the southernmost of the three Baltic countries, Lithuania! While considering the country’s history, we’ll look specifically at the Soviet period. The presenters will share their visits to several points of interest including Trakai castle, the Hill of Crosses, the Curonian Spit and others. By the end of the presentation we hope that you, too, will be enticed to visit this beautiful little country that seems to be off the radar for most Americans visiting Europe. 


SUMMER BREAK


September, 2014:


A Glimpse of the Dragon Kingdom:
Bhutan
by
Nonna Crook

Nonna Crook and her husband Larry had the unique opportunity to live and work in Bhutan, a secluded Himalayan kingdom, known as the happiest nation in Asia.Larry volunteered his medical skills in the kingdom's major hospital and when not working, they explored the capital, Buddhist temples and mountainside retreats, experienced festivals and much more.Nonna will give an intriguing glimpse of their Bhutan experience, sharing their beautiful photographs and interesting anecdotes of their time in this tiny kingdom, highlighting its unique customs and deeply held beliefs.


October, 2014:

Switzerland by the Numbers
by
Al and Jayne Oppliger

670 AERIAL CABLEWAYS, 48 PEAKS OVER 13,000 FEET,
30 TONS OF CHEESE FROM 256 COWS, 21 DAY HIKES,
11 NEW VILLAGES AND AREAS, 2 COMPETITIVE RUNS, 1 RED FOX! 

Al's grandfather, Fred Oppliger, was born in 1876 in Sigriswil, a small village located west of Interlaken in central Switzerland. Al and Jayne traveled to that village to be married in 1993, and have returned there 7 additional times, including renewing their wedding vows for their 10th and 20th anniversaries. On October 9, you are invited to travel with them via pictures and narrative…along hiking trails and by bus, train, boat, funicular and gondola throughout this extraordinary country.


November, 2014:

Cruising the Danube from Vienna to the Black Sea
by
Eric Schuman

Dining with a family in rural Hungary. Strolling through the ruins of the Balkans Wars in Croatia. Listening to the lush strings of an orchestra in Vienna. These are a few of the scenes we encountered on our cruise on the Danube.  I look forward to sharing them with you in November!

 


December, 2014:

Bulgaria: Land of Ancient Treasures
by
Franca Hernandez

The breathtaking snow-covered Plana Zavala mountain range hovers on the horizon and creates an impressive backdrop to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. For millennia, the city’s ancient hot springs made this a natural stopping place. The Thracians gave it the name, Serdika, and Bulgaria’s unique position on the Black Sea and south of the Danube River lured the Greeks and Romans, who built majestic cities, and left millions of precious artifacts behind. The people known as Celts started their journey across Europe from here. Constantine had considered the city of Plovdiv as capital of his Eastern Empire. That city’s Roman theatre dating to the 2nd Century Common Era was accidently unearthed in the 1970's, and is a white marble architectural jewel, still used today for performances.  But there is so much more; the Balkans are a depository in which lie yet unearthed treasures going back to the Paleolithic patiently waiting to be discovered.

 


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