TRAVEL TOURS

Bountiful Brazil

Tue, Mar 5 2024, 9am

Location
Brazil
 

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association has organized a trip to Brazil next spring. Rooms are filling up quickly so if you hav an interest, please register as soon as possible (click on the green "Check Availability" button to select your preferred stateroom). Once you have signed up, please let Cherie in order to keep count of UMRA members on the trip. 

Dates: March 5 through 15, 2024.

For all questions/concerns, contact Cherie at: [email protected] or 612-929-0233.

Below is a description of the trip from UMAA.

Step aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina and let your wanderlust guide you on an unforgettable 10-night journey through the vibrant heart of South America. 

Embark in Buenos Aires, where the rhythms of tango echo through the streets. Uncover the timeless charm of Montevideo and stroll through its historic streets, relishing in the elegance of colonial architecture. Soak up the sunshine on a beach in Punta del Este or let the colorful streets and bustling markets of Itajai captivate your senses. Enjoy Sao Francisco’s waterfront historic district adorned with buildings of German, Norwegian, and Portuguese origin, dating back to the 18th and 19th century. 

In Sao Paulo, discover a vibrant metropolis pulsating with art, fashion, and gastronomy. Unwind in Parati, a picturesque town nestled between the mountains and the sea. Revel in relaxation in the pristine paradise of Ilha Grande, a lush island where beaches meet tropical jungles. Lounge on Buzios’s glistening golden sands or shop for a unique souvenir on the main street lined with boutiques and cafés. 

Conclude your journey in the iconic Rio de Janeiro, where Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue stand guard over the city.



Upcoming Events

Event Date: April 15, 2024, at 9:30am

Join us for a 4 to 5 mile hike at one of the most popular parks in the West Metro, Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It is located at the north end of Hyland Lake Park Reserve at 8737 East Bush Lake Road in Bloomington.  This trail is mostly dirt and grass with some paved areas.  Enjoy the park's wildlife and celebrate Tax Day with your UMRA hiking friends!


Event Date: April 15, 2024, at 10am

UMN Technology Commercialization facilitates the transfer of UMN innovation beyond the research lab by helping our diverse researchers in development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth, and generate revenue to support the University's mission.


Event Date: April 16, 2024, at 11am

How did children’s mental health become a public health crisis? How can you tell the difference between developmentally appropriate misbehavior and behavior that needs professional intervention? For answers to these and other questions, we invited Sarah Jerstad, clinical director of psychological services at Children's Minnesota, to be our guest speaker for UMRA’s April 16 workshop. 


Event Date: April 19, 2024, at 2pm

Joni Mitchell will lead the discussion of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne when the UMRA book club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19.


Event Date: April 23, 2024, at 11am

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has attracted substantial debate recently because it can be used in many contexts, including educational settings to do things such as answer exam questions and write papers. But what is generative AI? And how can we know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing? Law School Professor Daniel Schwarcz will enlighten us during UMRA’s Luncheon Forum on April 23.


Event Date: April 24, 2024, at 10am

UMRA’s spring Armchair Traveler Program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, will take us to South Korea with Marilyn DeLong and to Germany with Lynn C. Anderson. Please mark your calendars and save the date. 


Event Date: April 26, 2024, at 2pm

Silk Parachute, an anthology of essays and the 40th of 44 published books by author John McPhee, will be the topic of discussion when UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club meets via Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on April 26.


Event Date: May 6, 2024, at 9:30am

We are so fortunate to have former Arboretum Director and UMRA member, Peter Moe lead this approx 3.7 mile hike at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!  We will meet on the welcoming terrace and travel through the Arboretum's Display Gardens, Sensory Garden, Woodland Wildflower Garden,  Shade Tree Exhibit, Tall Grass Prairie, Rhododendron Garden, 1920 Red Barn and the Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Sphagnum Bog and Green Heron Pond, Display Gardens and many other gardens and plant collections. 


Event Date: May 6, 2024, at 12:45pm

This session will continue the discussion begun in the May 8, 2023 session.  See that article for details.


Event Date: June 14, 2024, at 7:10pm

UMRA will be celebrating U of M Days with the Alumni Association.  The Minnesota Twins will be playing the Oakland Athletics on Friday evening, June 14, 7:10 PM.  


Event Date: June 17, 2024, at 11am

Picnic under the covered, open-air Como pavilion, gaze at the water, spy some birds, catch up with friends and former colleagues, and meet new members. We’ll have lunch with plenty of time for visiting and then compete in teams as we are challenged by our Quiz master(s)!


Event Date: June 24, 2024, at 8am

Healthy aging, mindfulness, fighting ageism, and more will be the focus of the third annual Age-Friendly University Day to be held on the U of M Twin Cities campus.