Last summer, a group of 16 alumni and friends joined the UMAA’s Travel Program trip to Iceland, a top destination for the past several years. Led by an expert local guide and chauffeured by an equally knowledgeable and entertaining coach driver, the group toured the country’s highlights over 11 days. They saw otherworldly landscapes, bubbling lava fields, and powerful waterfalls, all the while learning about the sagas of Iceland and local culture.
The best moment for many, though, came during the closing event in Reykjavik, when 10 Icelandic U alumni joined travelers for a social hour and dinner, which turned into an unforgettable evening of swapping University of Minnesota stories.
“Meeting the Icelander alumni was one of the highlights of the trip,” says traveler Edna T. Pampy (B.A. ’70). “As individuals, we have much in common with people from other countries and are richer for sharing our perspectives and experiences.”
Traveler Rich Rosenberg (B.A. ’70) agrees. “We shared the same set of feelings toward each other, bounded by respect and a common bond—that we all attended the University of Minnesota,” he says. “It makes for a smaller world.”
COMING UP: Give your 2018 Gopher graduates a pat on the back and memories to last a lifetime. Through the UMAA tour Essential Europe, May 20–June 7, they’ll see the highlights of Europe with other graduates, furthering their education and bonding with the U.