Wende has had a busy year travelling but is returning to Benalla just in time to present to us at 10 am on Tuesday 20 November. All welcome!
With members beginning to return from their travels we are looking forward to hearing their tales at the Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 20 November of Armchair Traveller. If you would like to present, please contact Ray O’Shannessy on 5762 1559. All welcome.
We met as planned on May 15, and saw video of the finish of one of Gwen and Rup’s inland 4WD safari across the “Gunbarrel Highway” and part of the Canning Stock route in West Australia. We also marvelled at what occurs when it rains in the usual desert landscape.
We then had a glimpse of the opposite landscape when Marg showed us some of grandeur of Antarctica from the air from aboard a Qantas Jet.
We next meet as scheduled on Tuesday July 17.
With a number away on winter holidays, the program has yet to be finalised – any volunteers?
March report - a 4WD journey in Central Australia with Rupe & Gwen, then a walking tour with Jan in the south of England
Armchair travellers met for the first time in 2018 on March 20. After a planning session looking at possibilities for the remaining 4 sessions for 2018, Rupe and Gwen Cheetham showed us video of the first part of their 4WD journey through the centre of Australia but we did not quite make it far past Uluru to the Gunbarrel Highway section in Western Australia. We hope to resume that trip at our next session on May 15. Jan Andrews then completed her group walking tour through some of the lovely country tracks in the south of England, much of it in Dartmouth.
Next May we also plan to revisit Antarctica with Marg Law, and Jan will again take us walking, this time in New Zealand.
We resume our travels at 10.00am on Tuesday March 20 at the U3A room. Jan will complete her group travel in rural UK. We hope also to do some bush-bashing in outback Australia with Rupe and Gwen.
With 8 new members and 12 continuing from last year we hope for a lively year. However we desperately need more volunteers to tell us about their travels.
If you do not have slide shows, DVD, or PowerPoint presentations to support your story don’t be put off. Just contact me on 0418 576 155 and I will help by working out some visual support
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.
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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