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Annual library travel talks start Wednesday

Winter blues starting to get you down?

Come to the annual travel series for a little pick me up without the expense of travel.

Mali

Join Marilyn Dickson for a talk on Mali this coming Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the library.

“A journey to the ends of the earth? You know that you’re going off the beaten track when there is no Lonely Planet Guide to Mali,” says Dickson. “We travelled to Mali in West Africa in 2000 spending the last day of the millennium in the dusty non-descript town of Timbuktu.”

She says their interest in Mali arose after watching a documentary on the Dogon people - a tribe with fascinating traditions, beliefs and understanding of the universe. Their complex and orderly culture, art, masks and dance ceremonies has been preserved even in the midst of Islamic invasions.

Other highlights of this two-week trip included visits to several UNESCO World Heritage sights and a three-day boat cruise up the Niger River.

Colombia

On January 24 join Darryl Grams for a talk on Colombia - the Passion and the Paradox.

Colombia is a country sitting on the top of the South American continent.

It evokes many images from media reports and movies.

So what does the media say and what is the reality? You are about to learn that Shakira, Juan Valdez coffee, Simon Bolivar and Pablo Escobar are only part of the myth and reality of the intensity to be experienced when visiting here.

It is truly a place of passions and at times unusual paradoxes. This presentation will offer a few of these paradoxes as you glimpse various social and geographical aspects of a dynamic and at times challenging country.

Darryl has a perspective to share on what he has seen and learned from his various visits to this unique Latin American treasure. There is no charge for the travel talks but space is limited to 50 people on a first come first serve basis.

Check upcoming issues of the Tribune for the next talks planned.

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