The Ultimate Traveller

Winter 2019 series

Multi-media visual and musical presentations by Peter Langer, BA, BSc, MA.  An internationally renowned travel photographer, Peter has travelled to over 175 countries.

Admission: $15 per lecture. Register at 604-925-7270 or online by clicking on the links below. Drop-ins also welcome (space permitting).

India Part 1Impressions of India Part 1: Northern & Western India

Wednesday, February 6, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52629
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In this fascinating audio-visual journey, we will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view, discovering the subcontinent's art, architecture, geography and magnificent cultural heritage, including the religions of various civilizations that have occupied the land. You will view images that evoke the natural and cultural diversity of the country and gain a deeper understanding of India's subtleties, especially valuable if you're a potential traveller there.

We start in Delhi, the capital and continue to Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. We then continue explore the states of Punjab, home to the Golden Temple, the desert cities and hill forts of Rajasthan, and the outstanding cultural heritage of Gujarat.

India Part 2

Impressions of India Part 2: The Himalayas, India’s Northeast and Eastern India

Wednesday, February 13, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52630 Register online

In the second of this three part series, we explore Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala, Lahaul-Spiti, Ladakh, Kashmir, Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian Himalayas. We then head to the remarkable Northeast of India, visiting the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, and travel in the footsteps of Buddha in Bihar, visit Kolkata and admire exceptional temples in Odisha.

India Part 3Impressions of India Part 3: Central & Southern India

Wednesday, February 20, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52631 Register online

We explore prehistoric sites and the oldest Buddhist stupa in Madhya Pradesh. We then visit Mumbai with its amazing cave temples. We explore Goa, the former Portuguese colony featuring Christian churches that could almost have been transplanted from Europe. We then discover the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, plus the Andaman Islands.

Impressions of PakistanImpressions of Pakistan

Wednesday, February 27, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52632
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Pakistan offers great mountaineering and trekking in the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayas. Pakistan also features a vast artistic heritage, from the ancient Indus Valley civilization to the Moghul Empire and has 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites to explore.

Discover the Hunza Valley, an area of stunning natural beauty, as well as the ancient Silk Road Town of Gilgit linking Western China with this region and the impressive rock carvings of the Buddha near Kargah. Above all, experience a multitude of cultures with a long tradition of hospitality.

Impressions of Indonesia

Impressions of Indonesia

Wednesday, March 6, 7–9 p.m.
Course #42634 Register online

The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5,200 km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great - more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforests, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia's biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries.

This show and lecture will explore the islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Flores, Komodo and Sulawesi. We conclude our journey visiting the legendary Baliem Valley in the highlands of Western New Guinea.

Impressions of VietnamImpressions of Vietnam

Wednesday, March 13, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52635 Register online

Marvel at the sublime beauty of Vietnam's landscapes. The Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by farmers in conical hats.

You will explore architecturally beautiful Hanoi and bustling Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) and revel in the sights of splendid Halong Bay and Tam Coc. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ancient Hue and the enticing little town of Hoi An; stretches of white sandy beaches at Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and Danang. See several cultural highlights, such as ancient Cham temple ruins, ethnic minorities in the hills, the extravagant church of Cao-Daism in Tay Ninh and the traditional Water Puppet Theatre of Northern Vietnam.

Impressions of Cambodia

Impressions of Cambodia

Wednesday, March 20, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52636 Register online

Come and learn about Cambodia's fascinating history. Cambodia was once the seat of the Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Indochina from the 9th to the 13th centuries, hence we explore Cambodia's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The great pre-Angkorian temple complex at Sambor Prei Kuk; Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, featuring the famous Temple of Angkor Wat; the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom; Ta Prohm, where trees grow out of the ruins; and the intricately carved shrines of Banteay Srei; as well as the mountaintop Temple of Preah Vihear.

Impressions of Laos

Impressions of Laos

Wednesday, March 27, 7–9 p.m.
Course #52637
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Long isolated from the rest of the world, Laos is surprisingly diverse in terms of its people. We explore Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring streets of ochre colonial houses and ancient Buddhist temples, lines of saffron-robed monks gliding through the morning mist and boats sailing down the Mekong river.

Peter Langer


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