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Lifelong wanderlust fuels Amy Dane's 'second act' as a travel lecturer and photographer


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Lifelong wanderlust fuels 'second act' as a travel lecturer and photographer
By Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com
Amy Dane is a modern traveler with the soul of an old-fashioned adventurer. At midlife this lifelong Longmeadow resident has already visited more than 90 countries, yet still thirsts to see and do and experience more, then share that knowledge with others.
"If you want to understand a people and a country, you have to peel back the layers and get into the streets, into the back alleys and get into where people live and work," Dane explained. "You can't just get on and off a bus (tour)."
Her latest journey, a two-week visit to the land-locked country of Chad, had her crossing endless sands wedged between other travelers in the back seat of an enclosed jeep in 130 heat. Her nightly accommodations consisted of a sand-whipped tent and a bowl of water to wash up in. The first meal of the day was stale French bread, "we called it croutons," Dane said. One afternoon, they stopped at a well and she was able to wash her hair. On another, they had the opportunity to take a swim at an oasis.
Camera in hand – "I use a good point and click with a good zoom," she said, Dane recorded the trek in a series of stunning images and videos that could rival the work of any photojournalist.
Back home those images became fodder for her next exhibition, talk, and website post.
Since 2008, Dane has been channeling her passion for this intimate, hands-on style of travel experience into an
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