Fall 2017 Presentations

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 Fall 2017. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Impressions of Vietnam


Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travelling to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

 

Impressions of Cambodia


Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travelling to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

Impressions of Laos


Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travelling to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

Impressions of Northern Thailand


Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter will be travelling to South East Asia in May and June 2017, visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Specific details about the presentation will be posted in July 2017.

Presentation sponsored by Aurora Travel & XiamenAir.

 

Impressions of Bali


Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The Indonesian archipelago comprises 17,000 islands and Bali has long been Indonesia’s premier tourist destination and although it suffers the predictable problems of congestion and commercialization, Bali’s original charm is still very much present. With its emerald-green rice terraces, beautiful beaches and exceptionally artistic culture, the small volcanic island of Bali is the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia. Having been to Bali in 1992, I have to say that in spite of the increase in tourism and traffic, the mountainous areas of the island have not lost the magical charm, which still makes Bali one of my favourite destinations anywhere. Add to this the sense of humour of the Balinese and the fact that you are surrounded by their beautiful artistic heritage and you feel that you are in heaven.

Ubud has a renowned multi-faceted art scene that developed after the arrival of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and music, and dabbled in dance. We will see images of a performance of a Kecak, a form of Balinese dance and music drama that developed in the 1930s.

Impressions of Chile


Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

A long, narrow sliver of land, clinging to the edge of a continent, Chile has often drawn attention to itself for its wholly implausible shape. Seen in the pages of an atlas, the country’s outline strikes you as aberrant and fantastical; 4300km in length (the equivalent of Norway to Nigeria), and with an average width of just 175km, the very idea of it seems absurd. The Andes, the great mountain range that forms its eastern border, are a formidable barrier of rock and ice that cuts the country off from Argentina and Bolivia. The Atacama Desert, a 1000km stretch of parched wasteland, separates it from Peru to the north. And to the west, only a few islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean break the waves that roll onto Chile’s coast from Australasia. All this has created a country distinct from the rest of South America and one that defies many people’s expectations of an Andean country. It is developed and relatively affluent. A country of geographical extremes, Chile’s diversity is reflected both in its people, from the alpaca herders of the Altiplano and the gauchos of Patagonia to the businessmen of Santiago.

Impressions of Argentina


Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Argentina ranks as the world's eighth largest country. Standing between the tropic of Cancer and the most southerly reaches of the planet's landmass, it encompasses a staggering diversity of climates and landscapes. The mainland points down from the hot and humid jungles of its northeast and the bone-dry highland steppes of its northwest through windswept Patagonia to the end-of-the-world archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, a territory that is shared with Chile.

Argentina is less obviously exotic than its neighbours to the north, and its inhabitants will tell you how great an influence Europe has been on their nation. Yet it's a country with a very special character all of its own, distilled into the national ideal of Argentinidad – an elusive identity the country's Utopian thinkers and practical doers have never quite agreed upon.

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

A Virtual Tour of Peru & Bolivia


October/November 2017. Dates & Times TBA - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We will explore Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador —in an in-depth voyage of discovery. Along the way, you will learn about the ways of life and culture in the Central Andes, its art and architecture, the long history and the magnificent cultural heritage inherited from past generations. Even describing each country, as one entity is practically impossible because of the immense variety each country presents. Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of each country, and then discuss the geography, the history and the syncretic nature of religion in the Andes. You will gain a deeper understanding of the region’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to the area.

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

A Virtual Tour of South East Asia: From Indochina to Indonesia


October/November 2017. Dates & Times TBA - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes South East Asia’s immense diversity, and then have a discussion about the geography, culture, history, religion, local crafts and cuisine.  We will explore bustling cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way here. Peter Langer will share with you many sightseeing highlights, curious anecdotes and some of the little secrets that Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos have to offer.

In Indonesia we will explore the islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bali, Flores, Komodo, the highlands of Western New Guinea and East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Asia's newest country. You will gain a deeper understanding of the region’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to the region.

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

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