Fall 2019

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer in 2019. Peter has just returned from a lengthy journey on the African continent twill be focusing on a number of fascinating and unique destinations here at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver and at Simon Fraser University. Discover the natural beauty of our world, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of fascinating destinations through beautiful photographic journeys.

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Impressions of Egypt


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Egypt is one of the oldest tourist destinations on earth, ever since the Ancient Greeks and Romans started to come here to admire its magnificent monuments. Our presentation will include all the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Egypt. We explore the Christian and Islamic legacy in Cairo; see the archaeological wonders of Ancient Egypt in Giza, Saqqara, Memphis, Thebes, Luxor, Abu Simbel, Dendara and Abydos. Along the way we explore the stark duality between fertility and desolation along the Valley of the Nile. Discover the whale fossils in Wadi Al-Hitan in the Western Desert of Egypt.

We will head to the Sinai Peninsula, crossing the Suez Canal to visit the Orthodox Monastery of Saint Catherine, which stands at the foot of Mount Horeb where, the Old Testament records, Moses received the Tablets of the Law.

Impressions of Sudan


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Sudan comes as a fantastic surprise, as the Sudanese are among the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. And although various ongoing conflicts mean part of this vast nation remains off limits, the northeast is one of the safest places in the world. The presentation will showcase, Khartoum, where two Niles become one, and will take us the labyrinthine souks of Omdurman and the ecstatic dances of the Sufi dervishes. As we travel along the Nile in Nubia, we explore the ruins of the ancient Kingdom of Kush. We get to see the amazing pyramid fields of Meroe, Jebel Barkal, El-Kurru and Nuri, only to realize that Sudan actually has more pyramids than Egypt! We also get to see sites of the early Nubian civilization of Kerma, which flourished from around 2500 BCE to 1500 BCE, and ancient Christian sites around Old Dongola. The multi-image presentation concludes with a kaleidoscopic look at amazing variety of cultures and people of Sudan.

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Impressions of Senegal & Mali


Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Senegal boasts a stunning array of sights, and we will explore the capital Dakar; the historical Île de Gorée, Africa's largest slave trading centre; the colonial architecture of Saint-Louis.

Mali, once West Africa's greatest merchant empire, conjures up a spirit of adventure, of tiny villages and encounters with tribal peoples. Her we discover Bamako, the capital; the ancient trading port of Djenne. with its scenic market. We then head the Dogon country - a wilderness of rock, shrub and barren sands set in the Bandiagara Escarpment, We then explore the shores of the Niger River in a pinasse (a canvas-roofed motorized boat) to cruise from Mopti to Timbuktu, cruising one of the world's greatest rivers. Finally, we arrive in Timbuktu and explore the winding alleys of this intriguing city, once a famous centre on the lucrative trans-Saharan caravan route, wealthy from trade in cargoes of gold and salt.

Impressions of Northern Ethiopia


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Ethiopia goes back to the very beginning of human existence and features a wealth of historical sites without parallel in sub-Saharan Africa. In this presentation we will explore several cultural highlights, such as lively Addis Ababa; the monasteries of Lake Tana; Tigray's remarkable rock-hewn churches; the giant obelisks in Axum; the medieval castles of Gondar; and the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. We will also witness the elaborate Ethiopian Christmas celebrations held by the Ethiopian Orthodox church. Ethiopia also features incredible natural landscapes, dominated by a high central plateau that falls away abruptly into the chasm of the Great Rift Valley. Here we will see the Blue Nile waterfalls; endemic wildlife such as Gelada baboons in the Simien Mountains and the Danakil Depression, featuring other-worldly geological landscapes that resulted from the divergence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa.

Sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines & Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of Southern Ethiopia


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

In this presentation we will explore Southern Ethiopia. Discover the unique and fascinating fusion of African and Middle Eastern influences in Harar Jugol, an old walled city, located in Eastern Ethiopia. We continue to the the World Heritage sites of the Tiya Stelae Field and the Cultural Landscape of Konso. We then will witness the elaborate Timkat celebrations, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany in the Oromia Region.

We then head to a string of beautiful lakes that characterize the southern Rift Valley, stretching down towards the Kenyan border. . We explore the Omo Valley, home to a diverse and fascinating range of villages, home to some of Africa’s most fascinating ethnic groups. We explore traditional Dorze, Mursi, Karo and Daasanach villages; and witness the Hamer people performing a Jumping of the Bulls coming of age ceremony,

Sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines & Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of Eritrea


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Eritrea is one of the most secretive countries in Africa, going through a tough political and economic situation, yet Eritrea remains one of the most inspiring destinations in Africa.Our show will take as to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. This UNESCO World Heritage city features incredibly well-preserved modernist architecture created by Italian architects. We get to see the lively atmosphere of the Monday camel market in Keren and experience a vintage train ride on the Eritrean Railway, constructed between 1887 and 1932 by the Kingdom of Italy. We also will see Massawa, a historical and important port for many centuries, located on the Red Sea. The city unfortunately is in quite a dilapidated state since the Eritrean War of Independence and reminded me of my visits to Afghanistan. The multi-image presentation concludes with a kaleidoscopic look at amazing variety of cultures and people of Eritrea.

Sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines & Asmara Grande Tours

Impressions of Kenya & Tanzania


Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Kenya and Tanzania are a nature photographer’s dream in terms of wildlife and vast landscapes. Discover amazing national parks, teaming with wildlife. The presentation takes us to Samburu, the Masai Mara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as ell as the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley. We will also have a look at the Mara Conservancies, which offer incredible day and night game viewing; and are managed according to a model that protects the delicate ecosystem and benefits the landowners themselves - the Masai people.

We then head to the islands of Zanzibar, one of the world's great cultural crossroads, where Africa meets Arabia meets the Indian Ocean and travel back in time, as we explore the narrow alleys of historic Stone Town.

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Impressions of Uganda & Rwanda


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Uganda boasts the most varied safari circuit in Africa. The lush montane forests of Bwindi protect the world's largest remaining population of mountain gorillas, many of which have become habituated to tourists. Elsewhere, Queen Elizabeth National Park, set below the snow-capped Mountains of the Moon, is renowned for its tree-climbing lions and abundant wildlife. Kibale Forest offers chimpanzee tracking as well as the opportunity to see other monkey species in their natural jungle habitat.

In Rwanda we explore Volcanoes National Park, which runs along the border with the DRC and Uganda,and is home to the Rwandan section of the Virungas; and take a painful look at Rwanda's Genocide Memorials, which honour the victims of the horrific genocide that brutalized this country in 1994.

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Impressions of Madagascar


Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent” and the island’s legendary uniqueness is best reflected by its plethora of amazing lemurs, colourful chameleons, many endemic bird species, and a fascinating array of endemic flora, all of which combine to make for a truly exceptional photo safari. This travel talk provides an introduction to the nature reserves and cultural sights of this fascinating island.

We start in the capital, Antananarivo and the tranquil surroundings of Ambohimanga Palace. We then explore Perinet Reserve; the sparkling green highlands and typical villages to Antsirabe; the Rainforests of the Atsinanana and the Ranomafana Rainforest. Descending from the high plateau to Ranohira, we explore bizarre sandstone rocks and weirdly sculptured erosions in Isalo National Park, Madagascar's 'Grand Canyon'. We also will explore the area around Tulear on the southwest coast.

Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Journeys of a Lifetime - Part II


Tuesdays from September 10 to October 15, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view —in a voyage of discovery. Discover India’s art and architecture, the long history and the magnificent cultural heritage inherited from past generations. We will present India in terms of her diverse regions from North to South and West to East, as well as the Himalayas and the Northeast. India features the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in South Asia. Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of the country and discuss the geography, the history and the syncretic nature of religion in the areas once occupied by various civilizations. You will gain a deeper understanding of the country’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to India.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

An in-depth Virtual Tour of South East Asia


Tuesdays from September 10 to October 15, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 11:20 AM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Bustling cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, sublime natural beauty—Southeast Asia offers so much to explore. On our virtual tour you will discover Vietnam’s patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies and elegant French colonial architecture; Cambodia’s magnificent Khmer temples; the gilded temples of Laos; and the immense cultural and artistic variety of the Indonesian archipelago.

Each week we will view a multi-image presentation that evokes Southeast Asia’s immense diversity, and we will discuss the region’s geography, culture, history, religion, crafts and cuisine. The instructor, recently returned from Southeast Asia, will share sightseeing highlights, curious anecdotes and some of the secrets each place has to offer. Potential travellers to the region will gain a useful, deeper understanding of its subtleties.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca