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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Lisa Wurzainer
July 8, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?  

I was born in Seattle, WA and I have lived in Minneapolis, Klamath Falls, OR; Colorado Springs, CO; Munich, Germany; and now Whidbey Island, WA.

Tell us about yourself—what path led you to becoming a Zegrahm Leader?  

I started working for Zegrahm in 1993(!) shortly after I finished getting my M.A. in International Studies. Initially, I worked in...

Torajaland
June 25, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I am from South Africa and have lived in Seattle since1995 when Zegrahm Expeditions sponsored me to come to the US.

Tell us about yourself—what path led you to becoming a Zegrahm Leader?

I started working on expedition ships in the onboard shops. I worked for Ship to Shore who ran the shops on the Explorer and the World Discoverer. I was fortunate enough to learn...

Picture of book shelves
June 22, 2020
Blog Post

Welcome to the third installment of book recommendations by the Zegrahm expedition team! We hope you have enjoyed being transported through reading and possibly found a new favorite book or author. 

In this final reading list, climb aboard for another literary flight around the world—travel to Madagascar and discover the Jane Goodall of lemurs with Merel Dalebout, get a fascinating glimpse into the life of an art forger with Art Historian Matthew Whyte, learn about the intricacies of...

Diver inspecting coral underwater
June 22, 2020
Blog Post

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I’m originally from the UK, and have lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, Seychelles, and Sweden.

 Tell us about yourself—what path led you to becoming a Zegrahm Leader?

I had a 60-foot charter vessel Neptune Spirit in Vancouver from 1979 to 1984. My main client was a Japanese company and their owner was Mr....

Anastasiya Bay, Kamchatka
June 9, 2020
Blog Post

We recently had the opportunity to do a quick Q & A with Rich to learn more about his background, interests, favorite expedition moments, travel bucket list, what he loves about Zegrahm, and more. 

Where are you from and where have you lived?  

I am originally from the New York City area but have now lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for about 15 years. Between those two cities, I've also lived in a small cove on Catalina Island off of Los...

Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa
June 8, 2020
Blog Post

How Archaeologist Colleen Batey Travels from Home

For the last 20 years, I have spent my summers working on expedition ships across the northern hemisphere. The rest of the year, until recently, was spent teaching at the University of Glasgow. I have taught at all levels and excavated widely in my 40 year career as an archaeologist of the Viking era. Being at home in isolation is not a natural state for me, although it is actually one which turns...

Picture of Antarctic Landscape ©Axel Fassio
May 20, 2020
Blog Post

Have you ever found yourself fascinated by an unusual rock? If so, you most definitely have something in commom with Geologist Tom Sharpe. Even if you've never found a rock very fascinating,Tom's in-depth knowledge and unique way of sharing his love of geology captures the attention of rock enthusiasts and rock novices alike. 

We recently had...

Picture of Rich Pagen's porcelain koi chopstick stands from Japan
May 26, 2020
Blog Post

We hope you enjoyed reading part one of our Travel at Home series and learning how Zegrahm’s intrepid expedition team is “traveling” during these unprecedented times. As fellow explorers, like-minded adventurers, and lifelong learners, we know that many of you bring travel into your own homes in similar ways. 

Please enjoy another candid tour of our leaders’ mementoes and...

Zanzibar
May 14, 2020
Field Report

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Today was the day of arrival for most of us—and for everyone our day to gather as a group. We settled into our two hotels, the Serena and the Park Hyatt, next to each other on the lovely beachfront of Zanzibar’s Stonetown.  In the evening we had our welcome dinner and orientation to the next day’s activities by Expedition Leader Brad Climpson and Cruise Director...

Tuamotu Sandpiper by Pepper Trail
May 14, 2020
Blog Post

We recently had the opportunity to do a quick Q & A with Ornithologist Pepper Trail to learn more about his background, interests, favorite expedition moments, travel bucket list, what he loves about Zegrahm, and more. We hope you enjoy discovering more...

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