People attending two meetings of the St. Louis Chapter of the Travelers’ Century Club in May heard via Skype from people with intimate knowledge of the island nation of Madagascar.
On May 9, Arthur Bolstead, who has lived and worked for many years in Madagascar, gave his insights into this strange and wonderful island. He narrated his presentation from California.
Twenty members and friends attended on a rainy afternoon at Amighetti’s, a restaurant in the historic Italian American neighborhood called “The Hill.” The neighborhood is home to many Italian restaurants and businesses, and it is the boyhood home of baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola, Sr.
Activities began with a reception and lunch where members exchanged travel stories and anecdotes. Steve and Henna Fuller, the TCC coordinators from Kansas City, attended the meeting.
At a second St. Louis TCC meeting on May 30, Debz Oscroft spoke to the group from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been a travel guide on numerous occasions to Madagascar for Real Madagascar, a South African travel agency. The luncheon at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant included 10 members and friends who were unavailable for the meeting on May 9.
The next meeting will be in November 2015. Details will be posted later.