Category Archives: Events

London Meeting, Saturday, November 3rd 2018

This month we have:

  1. AGM : The clubs AGM starts at 1:00 pm (card carrying members only), then at 2.30 the meeting begins

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Anh Nguyen – A Cultural Insight of Madagascar’s East, Central & Western Landscape

    The talk covers my solo trip through the middle strip of Madascar, encountering the precipitating landscape of the East, the animated civilisation of the Central region through to the mountains and valleys of the West.

    For more information see:

  2. Adrian Alsop – The land that time forgot: a whistle stop tour of Iceland & the Faroe Isles

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

TORONTO GT’S PICNIC TORONTO ISLAND Sunday, August 26; 2:30 p.m.

Come on out to the annual Toronto Island GT’s Picnic at Bruce Weber’s, 3 Oneida Ave., Algonquin Island – Sunday, August 26; 2:30 p.m.

Take the ferry to “Ward’s Island” (Get your tickets online to avoid line ups.) 

  • Potluck: bring manageable items.
  • We’ll get the rowboat into the water;
  • Pedicab, rowboat, canoe available.
  • Anna’s world quiz

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

London Meeting, Saturday, October 6th 2018

Speaking at our London Meeting on Saturday, October 6th 2018, we have Tim Hannigan – “The History Archipelago: Travels in Search of Indonesia’s Past” and Lindy Pyrah – “Traveling on the Mauritania Iron-ore train”.

Details for this months talks are:

  1. Tim Hannigan – The History Archipelago: Travels in Search of Indonesia’s Past

    Encompassing 17,508 islands, a quarter of a billion people, 300 languages and 127 active volcanoes, Indonesia is a country on a staggering scale. But compared to the other Asian mega-states, India and China, it is little known amongst outsiders.

    For the past fifteen years, journalist and author Tim Hannigan has explored the history and cultures of this enormous archipelagic state, mixing research in libraries and archives with motorcycling odysseys through the hinterlands of Java and Borneo, hair-raising bus rides in the mountains of Sulawesi, and stormy ferry crossings in Nusa Tenggara. From ventures into the crumbling Chinese quarters of Jakarta and Surabaya and investigations of colonial-era misadventure, to meetings with mystics, dragon-worshippers and witch doctors, he shares some of his most memorable encounters in a country where past and present are always in a formidable tangle.

    Tim is the author of A Brief History of Indonesia, Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, A Geek in Indonesia and several guidebooks covering Indonesia.

    Find out more at:

  2. Lindy Pyrah – Mauritania iron-ore train

    The Mauritania iron ore train is the true definition of a cult classic: an epic overnight train journey involving hopping on a freight wagon full of iron ore in zero comfort through a dangerous country while experiencing the amazing Sahara desert and night sky.

    Lindy Pyrah Lindy is a train journey enthusiast and one of our Globetrotters committee members, she did the Mauritania iron ore train solo in January 2018 and would love to share her story of how she prepared, experienced and lived to tell the tale of this amazing journey. Normally desk bound for most of the year, Lindy tries to make the most of her small holiday allowance to undertake memorable adventures. 

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meeting, Saturday, September 1st 2018

Details for this months talks are:

1. Jane Amelia Harries – Hiking the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela – sores, pain and bliss

At Globetrotters Jane will talk about hiking over 750 km along the Camino Frances, an old pilgrim trail from France and across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, which she claims was one of the best months of her life – so far (she hopes).

Jane is the founder of Adventure She, an online magazine which aims to empower, educate and entertain (predominantly though not exclusively women,) through sharing stories of adventure.  She’s also a training consultant and presenter who originally qualified as a solicitor. Specialising in tax enabled Jane to mix work with pleasure, as she indulged her passion for travel whilst working with some of the Big 4 Professional Services firms on three continents

Jane describes herself as a ‘soft’ adventurer, some might agree whilst others my doubt her claim.  Her adventures have included rafting and canoeing for 17 days on the Zambezi River; and travelling across China by overland truck before heading down Pakistan’s Karakoram Highway to Islamabad and doing the infamous Marathon des Sables, a 6 stage race in the Moroccan Sahara Desert, once described by the Discovery Channel as the ‘toughest footrace on earth.’ 

You can watch Jane’s  TedX talk about her MDS experience on YouTube at 

She’s also been a runner-up in veteran women’s team competition at the Australian 24-hour Rogaining Championships; raced across New Zealand’s South Island on foot, by bike and by kayak; and sometime ago, found herself in Venezuela during an attempted coup, as a passenger in a six-seater, flying below radar detection as planes were being shot at!

2. Julian Elliott – Forbidden Access

Photographic stories of going beyond the norm in order to get access to unseen views and imagery.

Find out more at:

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

Toronto meetings, Friday, November 16th, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Tentative topics not yet scheduled.

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Toronto meetings, Friday, September 21st, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” by Bruce Weber and others. Please bring along a flash drive with some slides of any recent travels, etc. (Sampler of Chicago, Manitoulin, The Bruce, Hong Kong, etc.)
Toronto G.T.'s Summer vacation
Toronto G.T.’s Summer vacation

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

London Meetings, there is no meeting in August.

There is no meeting this month.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meeting, Saturday, April 7th 2018

Speaking this month we have:

  1. Olie Hunter-Smart – Walking India Top to Bottom

    In April 2017, British adventurer Olie Hunter Smart set off from the Line of Control in Ladakh to walk the length of India, a 4,500km journey that would take him seven and a half months to complete. His aim: To uncover untold stories about Partition and Independence from Britain that took place in 1947, and to find out how it impacted the ordinary people of India.

    Olie will be sharing some of his experiences from his epic journey, from navigating his way through the crowded streets of Delhi and the fear of walking through a tiger reserve to the difficulty of finding a place to stay in rural villages and seeking out heart-rending stories from those that were directly affected by the largest mass migration of people in history.

    Olie was born in the south of England, spending much of his youth messing about in boats. At the age of 18 he spent 6 months in Belize working on a conservation project to rebuild a remote ranger station and teaching in a local school. The experience gave him an appetite for adventure, travel, to see the world and to understand more about different people and cultures.

    Since then, Olie has worked in the London advertising industry taking every opportunity to travel and see more of the world. In 2013 he backpacked his way from Russia, through Asia, Australasia and across South America. In 2015 Olie became one of only a handful of people to have travelled the length of the Amazon River unsupported on foot and by kayak, and in 2017 Olie took on a new challenge, to walk the length of India to uncover untold stories of India’s struggle for Independence.

    Find out more at

  2. Becca, Max and Joel – Global Convoy -The Art of Absurd Travel.

    The Global Convoy – made up of Joel, Becca, Rich and Max – are a group of young adventurers who somehow managed to complete a full circumnavigation of the entire world in the space of a year! Using two cars they saved from a scrapheap, without a plan and not even close to a sensible budget, they set off East with their fingers crossed and their sights on the horizon. 4 continents, 46 countries, hundreds of hitchhikers and thousands of incredible stories later they rolled back into Dover with the new goal to help people see the world in the best and most exciting ways possible!

    Find out more at

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

Toronto meetings, Friday, May 28th, 2018

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Alex Rice and Francyne Charland will present their recent trip to Vietnam “A Vietnam Sampler”–with Alex’s excellent photography.
Toronto GTs meeting Friday May 25 2018
Toronto GTs meeting Friday May 25 2018

Our Buffalo friends, Linda Schmieder and Jay Wopperer have offered their Youngstown, N.Y. house for our summer picnic. Some overnight accommodation could be provided. Is this possible or too many problems crossing the border? Will discuss at the meeting.

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Toronto meetings, Friday, March 16, 2018;

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • “Ypa! Ypa! (Cheers!) Moscow to St. Petersburg by boat” by Shirley Lewis
Toronto G.T.'s 20180316 Russia1
Toronto G.T.’s 20180316 Russia1

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.