Armchair Travel

When:      Thursday March 7, 28 (6 sessions)                    2:00 – 4:00

Where:    Wynyard Showground Hall

From Mt Owen to Denali and Beyond               John Carswell                                                                                                                                            Thursday March 7

John is a geologist who was born and schooled in Queenstown. He started bushwalking and mountain climbing on the hills and mountains around Queenstown in his youth first climbing Mt Owen with his father when aged 9. John has climbed mountains on every continent and has visited or summited 6 of the 7 Summits – the highest mountain on each continent on the planet. He has also completed the Abels which are all the mountains in Tasmania over 1100metres high – effectively the highest 158 mountains in the state.

John will talk about his experience mountain climbing overseas and in Tasmania.

Into Africa                                                                  Ian Ferris                                                                                                                                                   Thursday March 28

In 2018 I (we) travelled through Namibia and much of Botswana. The two countries and their many different tribes were quite different, although similar. Namibia is a young vibrant country forged in revolution, Botswana is a given-away land which struck it rich. Both are mostly barren desert. Whether they are poor little rich countries, or rich little poor countries will be up to you to decide. Lots of pretty animal pics, and a little bit of local music, will add to the atmosphere.

Russia by Riverboat                                               Alison Horch                                                                                                                                             Thursday April 11

Come with me on a riverboat trip between St Petersburg and Moscow, along rivers and across vast lakes. Visit big cities and tiny villages, gorgeous onion domed churches, churches of spilt blood (!), a metro equalling the beauty of a palace and glamourous buildings equalling other European cities. Add in the history of the Romanovs for good measure.

On the Trail of ‘98                                                    Mervyn Mitchell                                                                                                                                        Thursday May 2 

There are strange things done in the midnight sun                                                                    By the men who moil for gold;                                                                                                       The Arctic trails have their secret tales                                                                                       That would make your blood run cold ….   (Robert Service)

This is not your typical travel story.  It tells, using slides, old photographs, film and poetry, of the Klondike gold rush of 1898, as viewed nearly 70 years later through the eyes of a young man fresh off an English farm.

Cambodia: Canary in the Coalmine:   Part 2     Robert Ogle                                                                                                                                                Thursday May 16     

First, a travelogue: temples, rivers and rice; finishing with slides from the free slum clinic . Then, a brief Royal history up to the Pol Pot regime (sans Vietnam war) then the slide towards China and collapse of democracy.

Zanzibar:  The old and the new                               Mairin Campbell                                                                                                                                       Thursday May 30

Muslims, Christians and Hindus coexist with a large expat population in the old capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town. Winding streets of shanties and stucco and tin houses are juxtaposed with bold Arabic architecture. Swahili culture influences the diverse population. Rural Zanzibar supports the spice plantations and Islamic coastal villages are home to the women who rise early to scour the beaches for seaweed. Zanzibar, a jewel in the Indian Ocean.