Auggies Travel to Thailand and Cambodia

Auggie travelers ready to tour Thailand and Cambodia: Laureen Mathison and Renee Weaver, Jill Watson '10 MBA, Arthur (Dan) Cherryhomes '73 and Pat Collins, Sharon Carlson '72 and Susan Carlson, Deborah Dehnhoff Krofa '96 and Beth Daigle, Marcia Schneider '65 and Joyce McGlaston, Ava Beilke '14 and Laurie Powless, hosts Jack and Kathy Swanson. Not pictured: David Ishida '12 & Kathryn Lawson Ishida.
Auggie travelers ready to tour Thailand and Cambodia: Laureen Mathison and Renee Weaver, Jill Watson ’10 MBA, Arthur (Dan) Cherryhomes ’73 and Pat Collins, Sharon Carlson ’72 and Susan Carlson, Deborah Dehnhoff Krofa ’96 and Beth Daigle, Marcia Schneider ’65 and Joyce McGlaston, Ava Beilke ’14 and Laurie Powless, hosts Jack and Kathy Swanson. Not pictured: David Ishida ’12 & Kathryn Lawson Ishida.

Augsburg alumni, friends, family, and one li’l Auggie Eagle are on their way to Thailand and Cambodia today. The tour will be led by Augsburg English professor, Kathy Swanson, and her husband, Jack, who are both fluent in Thai and have hosted five trips to Thailand with Augsburg students.

This morning, alumni director Katie Koch ’06 met up with the happy travelers at MSP airport to wish them a safe and exciting trip! Alumni Board President Jill Watson ’10 MBA is carrying the same little Auggie that Katie Koch took on last fall’s alumni trip to Germany. Auggie Eagle will continue to share updates on Facebook.

Small plush toy bird buckled into an airplane seat
Li’l Auggie Eagle, all tucked in for a Hong Kong-bound flight.
Jill Watson is carrying the same little Auggie that Katie Koch took on last fall’s Augsburg trip to Germany.

Why Travel with Auggies?

Thailand-WebDan Cherryhomes, class of ’73, and his wife, Pat, saw promotional material for the Augsburg trip to Thailand and Cambodia in January 2017 and decided to go to the on-campus information session.

Both Dan and Pat had thought about different ways to travel and tour in retirement, had looked at tours, but had never given serious thought to any group package.

“We had  the opportunity to try out the idea in an orientation meeting with some of the people with whom we would likely travel. It was not so surprising to us that as part of the extended Augsburg family, we share the same values and hopes for the trip as a number of the participants. When we met the hosts, English professor Kathy Swanson, and her husband, Jack, we also learned they had spent time as Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand.”

Dan’s parents were missionaries, and he spent his first four years in Thailand. Jack talked with Dan about where he had lived and offered that they could make a brief side-trip one day in Bangkok to the place where Dan had lived.

Dan Cherryhomes '73 in Prague, 2014.
Dan Cherryhomes ’73 in Prague, 2014.

“This was something we didn’t expect  in a group tour—the willingness of our host to help make the experience more personally meaningful to us. We left the orientation and decided that the trip was not only something worthwhile, but that this was the best opportunity we would ever have to travel with people willing to share a similar experience.”

Tour host Kathy Swanson promises a trip that will be Uniquely Augsburg. Travelers will visit sites that appear on most trips to Thailand and Cambodia: the temples, the Grand Palace, the night markets, the floating market, Angkor Wat. The tour will, however, also include items that are uniquely Augsburg such as a visit to an orphanage for Hill Tribe children, Augsburg guides who know the country well and speak some Thai, and a group of travelers who share a common background and interest in being citizens of the world.
Swanson and her husband are already looking forward to the trip. “With all of our trips to Thailand, we most enjoy sharing our love and knowledge of the place with others who are interested in various cultures and new experiences. Each time, we see the familiar through the new eyes of our travelers,” she said.
Who should take this trip? “Anyone who values expanding a world view, learning about a new culture, experiencing beauty (and fun!),” said Kathy Swanson. As Mark Twain wrote:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — from Innocents Abroad

The tour is open to all and now accepting reservations—just a dozen spots remain. Find a full itinerary and more details about the Thailand/Cambodia trip here. If you have questions or wish to register, contact Katie Koch at kochk@augsburg.edu.

 

Inspiring Media for Thailand Travelers

Considering a uniquely Augsburg trip to Thailand and Cambodia in January 2017? Get in the mood to travel with fellow Auggies with these books, movies, and resources recommended by your Thailand/Cambodia tour guide Kathy Swanson. Learn more about this tour especially planned for Augsburg alumni, parents, and friends with this complete itinerary.

Books

A History of Thailand, by Chris Baker, Pasuk Phongpaichit

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work, by Nicholas Grossman

The Thai Amulet, by Lyn Hamilton

Lonely Planet writer Isabel Albiston recommends the following “nine of the best books worth cramming into your carry-on”:

Bangkok Days, by Lawrence Osborne (2009)

Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski (2008)

Sightseeing, by Rattawut Lapcharoensap (2005)

Thailand Confidential, by Jerry Hopkins (2005)

Bangkok 8, by John Burdett (2004)

The Beach, by Alex Garland (1998)

Jasmine Nights, by SP Somtow (1995)

Touch the Dragon, by Karen Connelly (1992)

Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind, by Carol Hollinger (1965)

Lonely Planet Thailand — travel guide

Movies

James Bond – The Man with the Golden Gun

The Beach (starring Leonardo DiCaprio)

Television

Google: Amazing Race Thailand

Online

Learn to count and hear simple words via this link:
free.lessons.l-ceps.com/learn-thai-free-lesson-3.html

Uniquely Augsburg Travel in Thailand and Cambodia

January 3-15, 2017Bangkok

English Professor Kathy Swanson and her husband, Jack, will lead this educational trip through Thailand and Cambodia.

You’ll land in Bangkok, Thailand, and tour the Grand Palace, visit the temple at Wat Po (the Reclining Buddha), and shop for tropical produce and sample local cuisine cooked on boats at a floating market. From there you’ll continue to Chiang Mai to ride elephants, perfect your culinary skills with a cooking class, and make a difference in children’s lives volunteering at a local orphanage. This exotic trip will conclude in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you’ll be awestruck by Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

Don’t miss this thoughtful and educational tour customized specifically for Augsburg alumni, parents, and friends! For more information, contact Katie Koch at kochk@augsburg.edu.

Find a full itinerary and more details about the Thailand/Cambodia trip here.


Host

Kathy Swanson

Augsburg English Professor Kathy Swanson and her husband, Jack, are excited to share the  Kathy and Jack Swansonbeauty and culture of Thailand with Augsburg alumni and friends! Both Kathy and Jack are former Peace Corps volunteers who taught English to Thai students in a rural fishing village many, many years ago. Since then, they have led five trips to Thailand with Augsburg students, and have returned a few additional times with family. Kathy and Jack both speak Thai, are very familiar with the country, and are comfortable navigating this beautiful and exotic place. Jack is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in art history and MFA in studio art. Kathy has a BA, MA, and PhD in English and has just finished her thirtieth year of teaching at Augsburg.

 

New Uniquely Augsburg Travel Info Sessions Added

Berlin-WebAugsburg alumni, parents, and friends of the College are all welcomed to be a part of the Uniquely Augsburg Travel programs in 2016 and beyond, including a celebration of Lutheran heritage in Germany and Prague that coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Curious to learn more? A special information session will answer all your questions. Join Sally Daniels Herron ’79 and religion professors Mark Tranvik and Hans Wiersma on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center (OGC) 100. This is your chance to get on board for this historic trip happening October 27-November 6, 2016. Find cost information, registration details, and a full itinerary here.

In January, 2017, English Professor Kathy Swanson and her husband, Jack, will lead an educational trip through Thailand and Cambodia, visiting Bankok, Chiang Mai, and Siem Riep along the way. Learn more at the information session scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center (OGC) 100. Don’t miss these thoughtful and educational tours customized specifically for Augsburg alumni, parents, and friends!

To RSVP for either information session and secure your parking pass, contact Sally Daniels Herron ’79 at herron@augsburg.edu.  For more information, visit the Uniquely Augsburg Travel page or contact Sally via email or phone at 612-330-1525.