Marco Polo Traveler Networking Night

By Geographical Society of Philadelphia (other events)

Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Travels in Northern Sudan - presented by Sherry Carr
From today's capital of Khartoum north through the Western Desert to the foot of Jebel Barkal, the Holy Mountain of Nubian Pharaohs, and as far north as the 3rd cataract, Sherry explored numerous archeological sites from Nubian, Pharaonic, Merotic, Christian and Ottoman periods in this fascinating but not so well known region of the ancient world.  Stops in agricultural communities along the Nile and in nomad comunities in the surrounding deserts showed ways of life not so changed from ancient times.  Included are the UNESCO sites of Napata and the necropolis of Nuri and the iconic pyramids of Meroe. Visits to local markets, the Mahdi's tomb, a traditional Nubian wrestling tournament and a Sufi ceremony all represent colorful samples of life in this 3rd largest African country.

A visit to Lebanon and war-torn Syria - presented by Anne Grauer 
Join us to better understand the cultural dynamics of the Middle East. Anne spent a week in Lebanon visiting schools for refugee children and four days in Syria visiting communities struggling with the effects of the war. She will share her personal reflections on the resilience and resourcefulness of people in crisis. 

A trip to Slovenia and the Dalmatian Coast- presented by Tom Tauber
Lured by the "Cowball," a celebration when literally the cows come home from the high pastures into the rural valleys of northern Slovenia, Tom Tauber and Grace Schuler traveled from Munich to Bolzano, and then via the Dolomites to Lake Bled in the northwest corner of Slovenia. Included is their spur of the moment drive down the Dalmatian Coast via Piran and Split to sunny Dubrovnik.

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