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 2022-23 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.  Next year's programs will include Korea, Pavia and Verona Italy, Mt Kilimanjaro, the Cleveland Way, and Japan.  

A Zoom invite will be sent out to all UMRA members via email a couple of weeks before each program.  For now, mark your 2022-23 calendars for 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, January 25, and April 26.  Contact Lynn C Anderson for more information or if you would like to share travel photos and memories.

Armchair Traveller Past Programs

Turkey: April Armchair Traveller Program

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Jean Kinsey and Frank Busta spent 3 weeks in Turkey in 2013.  They share their incredible experience through pictures and wonderful descriptions that include archaeological, historical, religious, political, culinary, and geological perspectives.

January 26, 2022 — Inuit Art Communities on Baffin Island and Aussie Travel and Trivia
This Armchair Traveler Program featured two very interesting presentation about two very different parts of the world.  Kathryn Hanna, retired faculty member from the Waseca campus and the College of Biological Sciences on the Twin Cities campus, talked about how her interest in Inuit art resulted in a  trip to Baffin Island where she visited three Inuit communities and met many Inuit artists.   Her presentation was illustrated with beautiful pictures of Inuit art.  Next Gene Allen, retired Professor, Dean, Provost and Associate Vice President for International Programs, took us to Australia, a country he has visited six times, first as a post-doc fellow in 1966-67 and more recently when leading several UM Global Seminars for students.  Most of Gene’s time in Australia has been spent along or close to the eastern seaboard.  He shared pictures and stories as we traveled with him from Melbourne to Cairns.

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. 

Armchair Traveler Events

Event Date: Sep 28 2022 - 10:00am

Our next Armchair Traveler program will take us to South Korea with Marilyn DeLong, and to Japan with Kathy Jensen and Gary Engstrand.