A Trans-Siberian Journey and Christmas in Eastern Europe with Cliff

"In 1994 I was visiting Beijing and during my stay there I met many
Europeans who were ending their Asia trip with a journey on the
Trans-Siberian "express" back to Europe. (As I later learned, its
anything BUT an "express"!)
Ever since that trip I've always harboured the dream of going back
to China to embark on that journey myself. Another dream was to spend at least one Christmas in Europe and experience how Eastern Europe
celebrates that festive holiday. So, in 2010, I realized both dreams by embarking on the massive journey starting in Beijing, travelling into Ulaanbaatar and then out to a Ger tent to live like Ghengis Khan for 3 days before venturing north to Irkutsk. From Irkutsk I travelled east to the 23 million year old natural wonder that is Lake Baikal before jumping back onto the train heading west to Moscow. For 84 hours I stared at the passing Russian landscape, slowly watching Asia become Europe, fall turn to winter. From Moscow I meandered through most of Eastern Europe, in constant awe of the beauty of Christmas highlighted in every city. I felt like I was constantly walking through a fairy tale setting. I eventually settled in Cracow, Poland and was enchanted once
again at the beauty of the decorated town squares and cobblestoned lanes, as well as the hospitality of my Polish hosts over Christmas eve and Christmas day. 
Join me as I show off the beauty of those  landscapes and winter wonderland townships!" - Cliff

Cliff returns with a new presentation.  Please note our NEW VENUE.  Parking is available on 9th Avenue ($2 after 6 p.m.) and free on the street.  We hope you enjoy our new location.  Let us know what you think!  Thank you! - CAT Organizers

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  • Judith A.

    MIssed it bec. could not locate the venue!

    March 12

  • Cliff

    awesome

    February 15

  • Nicole

    Nice to meet everyone

    1 · February 12

    • Mavis G.

      I enjoyed our chat Micole. Hope to connect again soon. Mavis

      February 13

    • Gloria W.

      Awesome meeting you Nicole, will give you a call over the weekend! Have a great Valentines Day Friday :-)

      February 13

  • Gloria W.

    That was a fun night ~ great to meet everyone!

    February 13

    • Michael Ting W.

      It was great to meet you too. I hope we can connect via FB.

      1 · February 13

  • Michael Ting W.

    Thanks, Cliff.

    February 13

  • Janice

    Thanks Cliff, Great slide presentation. Sounded like you had an amazing trip.

    1 · February 13

  • Patricia

    Thanks for another great job Cliff. What an adventure.

    February 13

  • Bernie

    Great Presentation ... a little awkward with faulty mike.

    February 12

  • Christine

    Interesing presentation

    February 12

  • John Arthur S.

    That was very informative. Good to hear a first hand perspective.

    February 12

  • Nicole

    Thanks Cliff sorry to of missed the presentation due to work :D but when I did show up I met some beautiful people

    February 12

  • Brenda

    Sorry I had to bail. My furnace konked! Repair man just left. I need to make sure it stays working as I'm away this weekend. Ache!!

    February 12

  • John

    Does the presentation start right at 7pm or will it start later?

    February 11

    • Janice

      The presentations start right at 7pm or within five minutes of that.

      February 11

    • John

      oh wont be able to make it in-time working late :( Sounds like a very interesting presentation hate to miss it :(

      February 12

  • Cheryle

    Stoopid car won't start. Is it summer yet? :-0

    February 12

  • Don F.

    At home nursing flue sorry to miss this event

    February 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry, I have to cancel this interesting evening meeting. I just remembered that I already have another appointment.

    February 11

  • mietka Z

    sorry.have to work.

    February 11

  • Carol J.

    I am sorry that I cannot attend as I already had one venue to attend , sorry to miss it

    February 10

  • Joanna

    Sounds awesome. I've always been intrigued by the Trans-Siberian Express!

    January 31

  • Christine

    Looking forward to the presentation.

    January 25, 2014

  • Sharon C.

    Great, I'm looking forward to seeing what Ceili's is like, hopefully, good as a new venue. Thanks for the efforts to relocate. Cheers,

    January 24, 2014

  • Marge M.

    I am new to Calgary, I would love to attend this presentation but need a ride, I live in Regal Park area, anyone from this way? I am new to Calgary, thank you.

    January 23, 2014

  • Debra S.

    Hi All, the organizers are looking into a new location for our Meetups. We will send out an email when we find a new venue. Thank you for your patience.

    January 13, 2014

  • Sandra

    Is anyone aware of this news articles? Melrose is closing? I assume this may affect to location for this meetup...
    http://news.ca.msn.com/local/ca...­

    January 12, 2014

    • benjamin

      Just saw it! Unexpected! Stand by for more info!

      January 12, 2014

    • Stefanie H.

      I was going to ask the same thing about Melrose closing

      January 12, 2014

  • Nicole

    I'm Looking forward to meeting some like minded travellers. I'm going to head to the Bahamas in the next couple weeks for 7to10 day's.
    I love Jamaica, Great place to travel in a group hopefully you guys can find some more people to go.
    I have to renew my passport mid February :D

    January 9, 2014

  • Sheldon W.

    Jamaica anyone??? We are fairly flexible and looking for mid Feb dates.

    December 25, 2013

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