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Olga Stavrakis,


Olga Stravrakis holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology specialising in tropical agriculture, an MA in ancient Maya archaeology and undergraduate degrees in Geology, History and Classics. She worked for many years in the Maya region in Central America, excavating the legendary ancient city of Tikal in the Guatemalan jungle.

A native of Ukraine, Olga spent 15 years running a biological laboratory in her home city of Minneapolis, but never lost her love for studies of culture and history--or her sense of adventure. Recent years have taken her whitewater rafting in Chile, hiking in the Falklands, exploring archaeological sites in the Society Islands, walking the Inca trail to Macchu Pichu in Peru, exploring the canals of St Petersburg by boat, studying volcanoes in Hawaii, and tracking game on safari in South Africa.

Her lecture series for this voyage highlights the history and tremendous cultural variety of the coastal area between Lisbon and Portsmouth with an emphasis on how these diverse groups fit into the larger political units of nations and the EU. Olga speaks Russian, Spanish, and French.

Lecture Titles
• Spain and Portugal: Unfinished Empires
• Food, Wine, and the Court of Love – the Medieval Magic of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England and France
• Brittany’s Cornish and Corsair Past
• The conquest of England: Vikings against Vikings and Saxons against Vikings

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