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The Spirit of Road Scholar

Larry and Jill Fine
Meet Road Scholar participants
Larry and Jill Fine
Q: Why do you choose to learn with Road Scholar?
A: We originally elected to travel with Road Scholar because the travel appeared interesting and the program was designed for older travelers. As for the educational aspects of the program, I agreed to go after my wife informed me there was no homework and no test. How grateful I am that we attended that first program. After the first program, where the travel was most important, we found that travel, while still important, was no more important than the people we met and the subjects to be studied. Where else can you receive top-notch speakers without taking a college course?
Q: What was your first Road Scholar program?
A: Our first program was Food for Thought: Northern Italy's Culture of Cuisine (program #3323) in Verona, Italy. Every program we have attended has been special; however, to date this has been our favorite program.
Q: We offer 6,500 learning adventures in all 50 states and 150 countries around the world. If you could pick just one of those programs, what would it be?
A: Reviewing the program materials online or through the catalog is like placing a child in a candy store. To pick a program is very difficult. However, one program that I have been wanting to attend is Enchanting Rivers of Europe: Amsterdam to Budapest. This travels the Rhine, Main and the Danube, covering so much history and beautiful landscape. The programs at the top of Jill's wish list would include The Heart of England: Cotswolds Villages and Landscapes (program #14010). These villages are so beautiful and include great flower gardens.

We both love the continuous learning with Road Scholar. Often times we will have an outstanding experience that wasn't even mentioned in the program materials. Some examples are the study of bats, how to listen to jazz, how to look at a painting and how to make ravioli — to this day friends travel long distances for my ravioli.
Q: Describe your favorite memory from a Road Scholar program.
A: There are so many — people-watching on the piazza in Verona, riding water buffalo at Heifer Project International ... However, when we think of the programs we have attended we both feel the best memories are of the people we have met, folks from all walks of life with a varying degree of travel experience.
Q: What's the most interesting thing you've learned on a Road Scholar program?
A: On our program to Verona we were privileged to visit the home and farm of Mr. Malpighi. Mr. Malpighi and his family produce one of the best balsamicos in the world. The small bottle cost $175 in the U.S. The story of the real balsamico is very interesting.

I would like to point out that Road Scholar has such an outstanding reputation that we are able to go places that persons traveling on their own and many of the other travel groups cannot go.
Q: In addition to attending Road Scholar programs, how do you like to challenge your mind?
A: We are professional volunteers. We give about 20 presentations a year as Road Scholar Ambassadors and act as group leaders for some Road Scholar programs that are offered in our area. We love being Road Scholar Ambassadors. It gives us a chance to meet new people and helps keep Road Scholar strong. The majority of our non-Road Scholar time is spent volunteering for our library and the friends of the library and at our PBS station where we stuff envelopes, answer phones and even operate the cameras during live performances.



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