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From northern Spain to western Africa

September 20, 2023, at 10am

Enjoy the recording of UMRA’s first Armchair Traveler program of 2023–24. Nanette Hanks shared fabulous pictures and information about the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Tom O'Toole told us about his return visit to Sierra Leone in West Africa.

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From northern Spain to western Africa

Wed, Sep 20 2023, 10am

Event to be held via Zoom.

UMRA’s first Armchair Traveler program of 2023–24 will take us from the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain to Sierra Leone in West Africa on Wednesday, September 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom. 

We will have two fabulous presenters, both UMRA members. Here is a preview, including descriptions by Hanks and O’Toole.

Nanette Hanks will take us to the Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimage trails leading to the shrine of the apostle James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. “Pilgrims have been walking to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain for thousands of years, but its popularity has swelled in the last 20. The scenery along this unique and historic 500-mile trail is breathtaking, passing through fields, forests of eucalyptus, small villages, big cities, and tiny hamlets."

Thomas O’Toole will take us to Sierra Leone, where he served in the Peace Corps in 1963. “With its vibrant culture and natural beauty, Sierra Leone offers a great introduction to Africa. Those interested in an intimate look at a lesser-known African country ought to think about a visit. Its palm-fringed white beaches and warm people are most welcoming. You will gain a deep appreciation for Salone as people share their zest to tell you about their story of struggle, resilience, and hope.”  

The Zoom link for the meeting will be emailed to UMRA members one month and also one week before the program. I hope you can join us.

Lynn C. Anderson, Armchair Traveler program chair 

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