Armchair Traveler

Come share the wonders of the world in the virtual company of other UMRA travel enthusiasts. We have three, 90-minute programs each year, and for 2021-22 these programs will again be offered via Zoom. Each program shares travel highlights from two speakers.  We have seen Mongolia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Poland, the Muir Trail, Ecuador, and more. 

A Zoom invite will be sent out to all UMRA members via email a couple of weeks before each program.  For now, mark your calendars for 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, January 26, and April 27.  Contact Lynn C Anderson for more information or if you would like to share travel photos and memories.

Armchair Traveller Past Programs


September 22, 2021 -- Jewish history, Sweden and Norway

The UMRA Armchair Traveler Program featured a compelling presentation by Charles Muscoplat, professor and dean emeritus from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.  Charles shared pictures and information about his wife Sue's and his visits to the WWII Concentration Camps of Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland and Jewish historical sites in Budapest and Prague.  Lynn C. Anderson, former associate director of the Learning Abroad Center, shared pictures and information about her 2019 visit to Oslo, Krokerøy, and Bergen Norway and Tanumshede, Orust, and Uddevalla Sweden. Lynn apologizes to Chuck and viewers that she was unable to record the first part of Chuck's presentation.


April 6, 2021 -- Muir Trail & Amazon Rainforest

You can now view the amazing April 6 Armchair Traveler Program online at YouTube.
We had two fabulous presentations. Craig Swan, economics professor emeritus from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, presented on the John Muir Trail. We traveled with him and his family 211 miles along the trail from the Yosemite Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney, from 4,000 to 14,500 feet. Cross 11 passes, 6 of them at 12,000 feet or higher. He gave us a glimpse of the grandeur and glory of the High Sierra so we could understand why the Muir Trail is among America’s premier mountain backpacking experiences. Donna Chollett, anthropology professor emeritus from the University of Minnesota Morris, took us on an incredible journey to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, where she spent time in indigenous communities, learning about rainforest ecology and indigenous culture. Her presentation was in three parts: the Huaorani Ecolodge, the Kichwa Añangu community, and a “toxic tour” of oil exploration sites in the region.