Armchair Traveler

All Armchair Traveler presentations are collected here.

Explore life above the Arctic Circle and close to home

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Explore life above the Arctic Circle with Janet and Craig Swan, and closer to home with Carol Urness when UMRA’s Armchair Traveler program meets via Zoom on Wednesday, March 6.

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Craig and Janet Swan in Longyearbyen, Norway

Knowing Iceland

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For our Armchair Traveler Program on January 24, 2024, Kate Maple took us to western Iceland.  Her photos are incredible and her descriptions are informative and poetic.  She and her friend and traveling companion Michelle Schermann had an amazing experience exploring some lesser-known parts of Iceland and we had an amazing experience hearing all about it and seeing amazing pictures.

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From northern Spain to western Africa

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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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Banana Island

Pieranna Garavaso and Lory Lemke's visit to Pavia and Verona, Italy

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Pieranna Garavaso and Lory Lemke, retired professors of philosophy at UMM, took us on an incredible visit to Pavia and Verona, Italy.

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Mount Kilimanjaro and the Cleveland Way in England

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Watch the recording of the January 25, 2023 Armchair Traveler Program and be transported to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and enjoy a hike along the Cleveland Way.

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Korea and Japan: September 2022 Armchair Traveler

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At this presentation, we traveled to South Korea with Marilyn DeLong and to Japan with Kathy Jensen and Gary Engstrand.

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Turkey: April Armchair Traveler 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.

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January 26, 2022—Inuit Art Communities on Baffin Island and Aussie Travel and Trivia

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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.

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

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The UMRA Armchair Traveler Program featured a compelling presentation by Charles Muscoplat 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 shared pictures and information about her 2019 visit to Oslo, Krokerøy, and Bergen Norway and Tanumshede, Orust, and Uddevalla Sweden.

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April 6, 2021 -- Muir Trail & Amazon Rainforest

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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. Her presentation was in three parts: the Huaorani Ecolodge, the Kichwa Añangu community, and a “toxic tour” of oil exploration sites in the region. 

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From Star Island to China

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Visit Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire and explore China with UMRA’s Armchair Traveler program on Tuesday, February 2. 

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Travel back in time

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Two presentations: 1) Historical maps and air photos of UofM campus 2) Mission Kid in Ethiopia in the 1950s.

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Explore campus history and Ethiopia with Armchair Traveler

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CANCELED.
The Armchair Traveler program scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, has been canceled. I hope to reschedule Ryan Mattke and Ron Anderson for September. 
— Lynn C. Anderson

 

 

 

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Explore PNG and cruise to North Cape with Armchair Traveler

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The two-part January 14 Armchair Traveler “tour” will feature photos and recollections from Papua New Guinea and a Great Northern Lights cruise along the coast of Norway.

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Armchair Traveler invites you to tour India, and the world

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Discover India "off the beaten path" with tour guide and photographer Don Johnson.

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