Free in-store events at our store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood:

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Wednesday, April 5th, 7 pm – Egypt with David Muerdter and Nancy Penrose

Egypt is a bucket-list destination for many travelers, but recent years of political turmoil and terrorist attacks in the country have caused tourist numbers to plummet. In November 2016, Seattle residents David Muerdter and Nancy Penrose assessed the risks of traveling in Egypt and decided to make the trip. They worked with Maha Serhan of Caravan-Serai Travel, who arranged for them to tour with a highly experienced guide and Egyptologist. Maha is Egyptian herself and has family living in Cairo, so she stays in touch with what’s happening on the ground.

David and Nancy will present a talk and slideshow on the highlights of the 12 days they spent in Egypt: Cairo, the Pyramids at Giza, the Upper Egypt city of Aswan, the great temple at Abu Simbel, a Nile River cruise from Aswan to Luxor, and visits to the Valley of the Kings and the great temples of Karnak and Luxor. Topping it all off was a hot-air balloon ride near Luxor on Thanksgiving Day. Nancy and David came home from Egypt thrilled with the great historic sites they had experienced and the warm welcome they had received from Egyptians. Many security measures are in place in Egypt and prices are low compared to years of high tourism.

Nancy, a writer, and David, a geophysicist, travel frequently. Between the two of them, they have lived in Iran, Laos, Malaysia, France, and Singapore.

Wednesday, April 12th, 7 pm – Walking the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago, Spain with Sheri Goodwin

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, began as one of the 3 major Christian Pilgrimage routes in the middle ages. It is alive and well today, walked by thousands of people from around the globe from varying cultures, languages, and belief systems. This fun, practical, and informative talk covers everything you will need to know to be successful on the Camino.  Learn about way markings, where to stay, food along the way, packing, training for this 500-mile journey and more.  There will be a question and answer session at the end.  The talk will be presented by trek trainer and 3X Pilgrim SHERI GOODWIN of Transformational Journeys: Train, Trek, Transform! Sheri has walked the Camino Frances, Camino Norte, and Le Puy Camino, as well as many other treks around the globe.

Saturday, April 15th, 9 am – Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.  Bring your coffee and your questions! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.