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A camel poses at picturesque Karakul Lake against the Pamir Mountains. - Givonna De Bruin  photo
A camel poses at picturesque Karakul Lake against the Pamir Mountains.
— image credit: Givonna De Bruin  photo

Life is a highway and the public is invited to see and hear two new presenters take us on fascinating roads-less-travelled.

Presented by Grannies à Gogo, Silk Road Adventures: Across China will be featured May 2 while Cycles of Life: Cycling Vienna to Budapest takes place May 9. Both power-point presentations are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the People Place (room 006).

Givonna De Bruin follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo along the modern day Silk Road across China, taking in ancient sights of Beijing, Turpan, Urumqi and other historic venues.

Along the way, we will see through her eyes the exquisite Karakul Lake in the Pamir Mountains en route to Pakistan, contrasted with the desert oasis of Dunhuang.

Her journey passes through the walled city of Xi’an with its terra cotta warriors, and through the crossroads where various Silk Roads came together in Kashgar. Geographically and culturally, we will encounter something far different from the traditional China.

Sue Ulmer, in the second travelogue, joins 11 B.C. women on an eight-day bicycle excursion alongside the Danube River. Starting in Austria, she shows us the glittering sights of Vienna before they cycle out into the countryside, passing ancient Roman ruins, vineyards, and stopping daily in charming coffee shops for strudel and European coffee.

In Bratislava she notes the contrast of ancient and modern, and throughout Hungary they take side trips into quaint villages, experiencing the cultural charm and fortifying with Hungarian goulash. Rolling into Budapest, she puts on the brakes and takes us through that city’s splendid highlights.

Admission is $5 per travelogue and is payable at the door.


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