Two sessions of Armchair Traveller have been scheduled for March and May in Semester 1. With U3A Benalla's new Travel Club active during 2018, there will be even more opportunities for the sharing of travel tales!
Our next Armchair Traveller is on Tuesday November 21 at 10:00 am.
Judy Perry entertained us with 90 minutes of DVDs of her recent cruise on the Sun Princess to the islands of Papua New Guinea. There was much entertaining by the village people dancing and singing, and many markets where crafts and food was sold. The woodwork products were generally of high quality and Judy had purchased some which she had on show. Many of the men seemed to chew the betel nut which was obvious from their red tongues and mouths. Judy highly recommended the trip as the people are still so friendly and welcoming and seemed to enjoy life.
Yes, the timetable for Semester 2 left September 19 out, but it is on! Reina and I are apologies, but Bill Parris, backed up by Rupe Cheetham, has agreed to act as Convenor.
Armchair Traveller for September 19 will be a colourful presentation on Papua New Guinea of a recent visit by Judy Perry.
The video features a dramatic journey around many of the islands. It covers: the dances, music and festivals of the Trobriand Islands, interviews with local village schools and a commentary on their subsistence lifestyle, WW2 history of the Battle for Milne Bay, The Battle for Rabaul including its tunnels, wrecks and War Memorials and the volcanic destruction of Rabaul after the 1994 eruption as well as a visit to the volcanology centre. Also a brief look at Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital, and the Folkloric Festival.
There is something of interest for everyone in this presentation
We meet again on Tuesday July 18 in our new room at the Senior Citizens’-- please enter thru the side door under the carport. Jan will take us hiking thru the Maples – Fall (Autumn for us aussie speakers) – Ontario, Quebec Vermont, New Hampshire. We will have also have a 4WD trek in the Simpson Desert in outback Australia with Gwen & Rupe.
Note that no meeting has been scheduled for September in the Semester 2 timetable. Our most likely presenters will all, co-incidentally, be visiting Canada/USA, and possibly having a first-hand viewing of the lovely scenes which Jan will show us in July.
If there are any volunteers to take us for a journey on September 19, please contact John (0418576155 or 57621818) and we can re-schedule the session.
We met with a good attendance on May 16. First presentation was a video of a 4WD visit to Cape York Peninsula from Rupe and Gwen. It was a trip not for the faint-hearted, in about 2008, mostly on the old telegraph road. Lots of creek crossings and mud, but fascinating and colourful despite some technological glitches.
Jan followed with a PowerPoint presentation of a group back-packer trip to Italy several years ago.
Thanks Rupe and Jan, much enjoyed.
We don’t meet again until Tuesday July 18, with the program yet to be finalised. Watch this space!
We meet again at 10.00 am on Tuesday May 16. The program is yet to be finalised but it is hoped to include at least one of Jan’s backpacker journeys.
We met for the first time for 2017 in March to cruise with Reina and John around Cape Horn in South America. Starting in Santiago, Chile, the cruise went south from Valparaiso around the southern tip, then east to the Falklands Island. It finished in Buenos Aires after 14 days smooth sailing through what is often some of the roughest seas in the world. Much of the Chilean side was in the more sheltered but beautiful fiords protected by west Chilean islands. After two days in Buenos Aires our flight back to Santiago went over the spectacular and rugged Andes in lovely sunny weather.
The rest of the session was devoted to planning the remaining four sessions scheduled for 2017. Journeys which have been promised include back-packing land trips in Italy and Canada; 4-wheel driving in outback Australia; Cruising to Antarctic; train in U3A. Lots of happy touring.
About Armchair Traveller
An opportunity to share your traveller's tales with others and to hear theirs, however inspiring or hair-raising. Two sessions are planned per semester.
Third Tuesday in March and May - 10 am to 12 midday.
Convenor/s and contact details
John Avery 5762 1818
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