Category Archives: Events

Toronto meetings, Friday, November 15, 2019

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Tentative topics not yet scheduled.

Mark your calendars.

  Future Presentations:

  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

We need volunteers for presentations.

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 20, 2019

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Dejan Ristic presents “A Zeal for New Zealand”. 
    • Friendship Force Toronto members may be particularly interested as we do a travel exchange there in 2020

Future Presentations on Fri., Nov. 15; Jan. 17, 2020; Mar. 19 TBA

Mark your calendars.

Austin Zhao will present North Korea as soon as University pressures ease a bit. Newcomers Dino and Loretta have offered to present Croatia.

Travel notes: Bruce and Ken Wallace did Boston Aug. 27-Sept. 2.  Friendship Force Toronto to Winnipeg, Brandon, Calgary, and Penticton Sept. 23-Oct. 9.Bruce, Graham Mudge and 2 others to Nepal and Bhutan Oct. 14-31.  Cuba beckons during cheap November/early December.  Where have you been?

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 G.T.s 20190920 Zeal for New Zealand

TORONTO GT’S PICNIC TORONTO ISLAND, August 25, 2019

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

TORONTO GT’S PICNIC TORONTO ISLAND

Sun., Aug. 25; 2:30 p.m. at 3 Oneida Ave., Toronto Island

Happy Summer.  And at last the flood waters are receding!  Come on to the Picnic at my place–3 Oneida Ave., Toronto Island.  Pot luck-manageable items.  Help me to get the rowboat and canoe into the water.

at Bruce Weber’s, 3 Oneida Ave.

  • Algonquin Island. Take the ferry to “Ward’s Island”
  • (Get your tickets on-line to avoid line ups.)
  • Pedicab, rowboat, canoe available.
  • Potluck: manageable items. Picnic 2017
  • …Anna’s world quiz

Mark your calendars. Future Presentations:

  • Friday, Sept. 20; (tentative – Austin Zhao presents “An Excursion into North Korea”
  • Friday Nov. 15;
  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

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, September 7th 2019

Speaking this month we have:

1st: Julie and Keith Tame – Camping in Africa – a Grown up Gap Year.

Julie and Keith have had many holidays in Africa but in 2015 we set off on an overland trip for 15 months in their Landcover, camping in remote places, watching wildlife and having adventures.

From South Africa to Uganda and everywhere in-between. Along challenging roads, through deep sand and through water crossings Julie and Keith had some amazing experiences and  we would love to share some of this with you.

Julie and Keith hope that their talk will inspire you to take a grown up gap year of your own.

Follow their next adventure on:

2nd: Peter Jartoft – Beowulf VS Hygelac and Geatland.

Beowulf,  a fictional king in the epic poem!

But king Hygelac mentioned in the poem was real, what kind of locations with names and archaeology can we find that may explain the origin of the poem?

We will also add other real kings mentioned in old texts such as Emund Coal-burner as we speak and include Geatlands medieval history.

About the speaker:

Peter Jartoft, born 1969 AD, has a Master of Science Engineering Physics, one of his interests is in history and archaeology.

Reading the Beowulf poem he asked himself the question “Where did Hygelac live?”.

Based on this question, the Land of Beowulf guided tours originate.

Find out more at: www.LandofBeowulf.com


Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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

London Meeting, Saturday, July 6th 2019

Members Slides : Around the world in eighty minutes.

10 presentations of 10 slides

Speaking this month in a fast paced journey around the Globe with 10-12 talks of 10 slides.

  • Francesca Jaggs – Dubai
  • Simon Finnamore – South Africa
  • Kim Rix – Solo Travel
  • Suzanne Mcgauley – Grenada To Antigua
  • David Shamash – Israel
  • Mary Fogarty – Cows change beach in Corsica
  • Nicola Sanderson – South Korea
  • Richard O’Shea – Croatia To Venice
  • Justyna – Iran
  • Paula Williams – Cycling In Yorkshire
  • Pete Hall – The Trip from Hell pt2

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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

London Meeting, Saturday, June 1st 2019

Speaking this month we have:

1st: Tim Hanigan – On Foot through the High Atlas: Exploring Morocco’s mountains

The mountain spine of northwest Africa, the High Atlas walls off the fertile coastal regions of Morocco from the vast expanse of the Sahara. Rising to 4,000 metres in places and snowbound in winter, the range is the stronghold of Morocco’s indigenous Berbers.

Today traditional transhumance cultures sit uneasily alongside an expanding network of government roads, which are rapidly transforming former mule-trails into tarmac. But for now there’s still plenty of wilderness, and some very fine trekking.

Tim Hannigan shares insights from his many journeys in the High Atlas, with a particular focus on the beautiful Ait Bougmez and Mgoun region at the very heart of the range, as well as tales of his repeated failure to make it to the summit of Morocco’s second highest mountain!

Tim is a writer and journalist. He’s the author of Murder in the Hindu KushA Brief History of IndonesiaRaffles and the British Invasion of Java, various guidebooks, and numerous travel articles – covering the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, amongst other places.

Find out more at:

2nd: Janey McGill – Oman: Her Faces of Change

Janey returned in January from walking Oman’s Empty Quarter with an Anglo-Omani team exploring the human condition and encouraging respect, understanding and acceptance regardless of gender, culture or identity differences.

The winter of 2018/19 saw Janey undertake her most challenging expedition.  Born of a decade worth of experiences, overcoming injury and adversity, challenging relationships and an adoration for extreme natural environments.

With her two team mates, Baida Al Zadjali and Atheer Al Sabri, walked nearly approximately 800 kms through Oman’s Empty Quarter desert.

Why? To deliver a message that we are better together regardless of gender, culture or identity. To foster understanding between nations and cultures.

The three women were supported by a small team and sponsored by Land Rover.

Janey will be releasing a feature length documentary on the journey in January 2020

Find out more at:


The talk by Francesca Jaggs on Eswatini (Swaziland) has been postponed as Janey kindly offered to speak this month.

Unfortunately Michelle Ellison’s talk has had to be postponed.


Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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

Chester Meetings, Saturday September 21st 2019

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents


1st. Lindy Pyrah – Riding the 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 is a train journey enthusiast and a London branch Globetrotters committee member, 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.

2nd.  John Brinkley  – the white South – the Antarctic wilderness

A geology lecturer, both on land and on cruise ships, John will present an illustrated talk on one of the World’s last wilderness, the Antarctic. Using his own material from recent visits, John will discuss both the geological history and natural scenery of this remote region.

Chester Meeting Poster, September 2019
Chester Meeting Poster, September 2019

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday November 16th 2019

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

1st. Sarah Crofts  — Veedub adventures – travels with my daughter

When Sarah took her ten year old daughter Tabitha out of school and embarked on an epic road trip the only thing they knew for certain was they would head north whilst it was warm and south when it got cold, 382 days and nearly 28000 km later they landed back on British soil.

This is the tale of their epic adventure from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara desert.

2nd. Don and Eve MacPherson — Myanmar Revisited

We took in a brief itinerary of Yangon, then journeyed on to Maymyo to see the Hill Station. Then we went to British Burma. The journey continued to Mandalay cruising along the Irrawaddy river to old Bagan. Next stop, a flight to Inle Lake to visit local villages along the canals before returning to Yangon, and ending the journey in Singapore.

Chester Meeting Poster, November 2019
Chester Meeting Poster, November 2019

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

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London Meeting, Saturday, May 11th 2019

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Will Linsdell – The Road to Damascus

Approximately two years before the start of the devastating conflict that has broken the Middle Eastern country’s spirit, Will travelled by train from Istanbul to Syria.

In 2009 Will found a country filled with extremely hospitable & seemingly very contented people, together with majestic ancient cities, incredible Roman ruins and well-preserved crusader castles.

Hear about Will’s life affirming epic trip, the colourful locals he encountered and the spellbinding sights he experienced as he takes you on a journey uncovering eight thousand years of history and also take time to reflect on the travesties that have occurred there over the past eight years.

Find out more about Will on:

2nd: Lindy Pyrah – Overland through Scandinavia

Globetrotter member Lindy will talk about her overland trip through Scandinavia which she undertook in the summer of 2017; starting in London on the Eurostar she explored the countries overland by trains and ferries, uncovering amazing landscapes, dined at some interesting restaurants in remote places (Noma, Fäviken and Kok’s) and came away with a love for the area.

The previously advertised talk by Oliver Dowson has had to be postponed

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

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, May 24th, 2019

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Czech Republic by Svatka Hemanek

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.