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Armchair Travel Lecture


By John Leupold

Part-time San Miguel de Allende resident John Leupold, owner of Champaca Journeys, has made 35 visits to Bhutan since 2007. He describes Bhutan as the most remarkable place he has ever visited and enjoys sharing his insights into Bhutan. He will give a talk about this small kingdom at the Biblioteca on January 14.

The little-known Kingdom of Bhutan is sometimes referred to as the last Shangri-la. Located between India and Tibet in the Himalayas, the country was isolated from the outside world until 1960. Bhutan’s leap into the modern world was guided by its king, who introduced the concept of Gross National Happiness—which the country is today perhaps best known for. Now a constitutional monarchy ruled by an elected parliament and prime minister, the king is revered throughout the country for his good deeds on behalf of the Bhutanese people.

While Bhutan is both small and poor, it is extraordinarily blessed with beauty and gracious people, and feels both ancient and modern at the same time. Its unique history, culture, geography, and politics will be the subject of Leupold’s program.


Armchair Travel Lecture

“Bhutan: Kingdom of The Thunder Dragon”

John Leupold

Mon, Jan, 14, 3pm

Sala Quetzal

La Bibliorteca, Reloj 50A




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