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Road Scholar Participant Blogs
 
Firsthand Accounts of Lifelong Learning Across the Globe
 
Now you can hear firsthand from Road Scholar participants about their experiences across the U.S. and around the globe!
 
 
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Program #20996 | June 8-13, 2014
 
After five days of doing nothing but hitting golf balls, playing golf, talking about golf, watching golf and reading about golf, you'd think that by day six it'd be time for some tennis. Au contraire. Having arrived a casual golf fan, I'm leaving a little bit addicted.
 
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Program #20612 | March 13-29, 2014
 
We danced our way across the street to experience the Cuban musical style and rhythms of changüí. The manager of the Casa de Changüí explained to us that the sounds of chang consist of a marímbula, bongos, tres (Cuban guitar), güiro and one or more singers. After becoming acquainted with the instruments, we were treated to our own private concert complete with a guest appearance by our driver Willie on the maracas!
 
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Program #21305 | February 17 - March 1, 2014
 
We headed to the port to board our ship, the Louis Cristal. For the next four days, we will be sailing around Cuba on her as she makes her inaugural season on this run. We will be amongst the first Americans to circumnavigate Cuba by cruise ship!
 
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Program #21309 | January 22 - February 7, 2014
 
After dinner Ernesto, our indigenous guide, paddled us across the lake and into a long U-shaped canal in search of caymen small crocodiles though they can grow to five feet in length and other wildlife. On the return trip to the Lodge, the air was soft and the stars bright, and cicadas and frogs were in full voice. We were too lulled by the shush-shushing of Eduardo's paddle to talk.
 
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Program #14734 | April 21-26, 2014
 
Chef Nick Landry, who had a wide variety of experiences in his impressive culinary career, guided the group through today's lunch preparation of mixed green salad with spiced walnuts and strawberry vinaigrette, New Orleans style barbeque shrimp with creamy smoked cheddar polenta and fresh apple cobbler with sweet potato crumble. Do I have to tell you that everything was delicious?
 
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April 24 - May 3, 2014
 
We started our amazing day with a visit to the largest flower auction in the world. It was overwhelming to enter a building that covers an area of 220 football fields there are more than 34 million flowers traded there daily! Flowers come from all over the world including Kenya, Ethiopia, Israel, and Belgium.
 
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Program #12831 | December 21-26, 2013
 
We thoroughly enjoyed the program. The accommodations and the food were excellent. The mix of sightseeing, lectures, and free time was just right. The group leader and lecturer were knowledgeable. And, as always, our fellow travelers were interesting and interested. What a great way to end 2013!
 
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Program #9068 | December 6-9, 2013
 
During the furious snow storm, our group leader Fred spent a 1/2 hour in the blizzard flagging down taxis for us to take. Eventually, we made it to the Barnes Foundation.What a remarkable place! Originally, it was built outside of Philadelphia by a rich eccentric named Dr. Arthur Barnes. Living at the beginning of the 20th century, he became an avid art collector, but rather than displaying his works by artist or time period, as most museums do, he created ensembles based on the principles of color, form, line, and light.
 
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Program #18520 | October 28 - November 2, 2013
 
The afternoon found us on our first island field trip. We set off in our very comfortable mini coach for the north section of San Juan Island. The first stop was at Lime Kiln Park. It was a gorgeous park overlooking the sea. In addition to being the top land based whale watching spot in the world there was a beautiful lighthouse and a recreated lime kiln. What an interesting past these islands have. We would see several more lime kilns before our field trip was done for the day.
 
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Program #13977 | October 27-31, 2013
 
We were very impressed with our guide Shirley's knowledge of the trees and their history. The trail meandered up and down through the grove with one tree on its side allowing the visitor to see its size from another angle. We were shown a photo of ten rangers on horseback standing on this downed tree many years ago. Towards the end of our hike the sky turned blue and the sun shown brilliantly between the beautiful Sequoias. We hiked for about 5 miles, with an altitude change of about 500 ft.
 
 
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