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It’s often overlooked or just a mere stopover to or from Siem Reap, home of the famous ruins of Angkor Wat but Battambang Cambodia should be on your radar of places to visit in this country. Full of Khmer culture, early 20th century French architecture and a unique charm unlike anywhere else in Cambodia. Join me John Saboe for an exploration in and around Battambang, Cambodia in this episode of Far East Adventure Travel Podcast.
Probably the number one site to visit in Battambang, Cambodia is the world-famous bamboo train. Made from left-over tank wheels, small-powered engines and a bamboo platform it’s a metaphor for the people of this country who’ve adapted and overcome incredible devastation and hardship to their culture and way of life. But this town, the second-largest in the country has so much more to offer. On my last trip through Cambodia I stayed in Battambang for several days exploring the town and discovering it’s charm.
To find out a little bit more about Battambang from a native’s perspective and why it’s so appealing I spoke with artist Kchao Touch, who also owns the wonderfully eclectic Jewel In The Lotus Antique and Arts Shop in the arts quarter.
The sounds of a memorial can quickly fade out to a wedding celebration, sometimes lasting for three days. Most Cambodian weddings are now only celebrated on a single day. This memorial in Battambang lasted for several days.
Another uniquely Southeast Asian tradition respected every day in Battambang is the morning alms. For good luck lay people bring a food offering to the local Buddhist monks that wander the town in return for a blessing. Excerpts from "Bats, Beauty, Arts And Culture-Battambang, Cambodia
Excerpts from "Ultimate Trekking Adventure-Everest Base Camp, Nepal Part 2
Having completed one of the toughest days of the trek it was time to move back onto the busy trail to Everest Base Camp.
The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep is only about 5 kilometers but at an average elevation of over 5000 meters it is still challenging, especially when you have a hill to traverse like this one.
This is one of the most spectacular panoramas in the entire Himalaya with more up close views of Nuptse. And you’re last look at mighty Everest in the center before descending further down into the Khumbu Glacier.
Finally you find yourself putting in the last steps to the Base Camp marker at 5360 meters. This was the year that 16 Sherpa guides lost their lives in an avalanche on the Khumbu Icefall. All Everest mountain guides had refused to work the rest of the season out of respect for the victims.
It’s power is best described though in a quote from American filmmaker, climber and 5 time Everest summiter David Brashears. “The mountain doesn’t care whether we’re here or not. It doesn’t compete with us. It isn’t burdened by our hopes and dreams. Everything it means to us is only what we bring to it. It’s what the mountain reveals about us that has any lasting value.”
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We'll share stories about some of the Underground Railroad and a Destination Spotlight will shine on the Faukland Islands and Romania.
The City of Norfolk, Virginia is an important 400-year-old port city and home to the largest naval base in the world. But, surprisingly as a southern mid-Atlantic city, Norfolk also played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad as one of the last port stops on the road to freedom north. Much of this history is now being shared through Norfolk's self-guided Waterways to Freedom Tour that our guest, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander from Norfolk State University helped to create.
Historian and author Debra Sandoe McCauslin has deep roots in Gettysburg and Adams County, Pennsylvania. We learned about her family history and, in our car ride with her along the Underground Railroad, Debra brought to life the voices of some fugitive slaves and the Quakers who helped them.
Lewiston, New York was the final stop for runaway slaves from the South who sought to cross the border into Canada to freedom. Once slaves reached Lewiston, locals helped them cross the Niagara River by boat or by foot when the river was frozen.
After the War of 1812, Canada's reputation as a safe haven for fugitive slaves grew because of the development of settlements like the Southern Ontario farming community of Buxton, formerly the Elgin Settlement. Buxton was one of four planned settlements for former and runaway slaves and its founder, Reverend William King, a white man, fought other white settlers to establish the area.
Singer/actress/author Gloria Loring joins World Footprints to talk about her music collaboration with son, R&B artist Robin Thicke, travel and her book, "Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous". Gloria also dishes on her life past life as Liz Chandler on daytime's Days of our Lives.
Jazz artist Rene Marie credits many women, including Eartha Kitt, for her life's direction and musical influences. After her abusive husband of 23 years gave her an ultimatum to quit singing or leave--she chose to leave and begin her professional music career at the age of 42. Rene reflects on her life journey and how a trip to Germany helped her recognize humanity's common bonds.
According to Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., a person who doesn't feel the rhythm of Zydeco has no soul. We revisit an interview we did with Dopsie, Jr., aka the "Mick Jagger of the Marsh", during one of our many broadcasts from New Orleans' French Quarter Festival.
You'll also hear what Rio de Janeiro is doing to prepare for the Olympics and what the area has to offer to travelers at all other times.
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Tough Talk Christian Radio with host Tony Gambone and his guests Robin Dahms & Monica Parker:
Robin Dahms, Founder of Events of Significance, is a best selling author of three books and a speaker. Her hospitality and event planning expertise of nearly 30 years has been featured on Bloomberg Business Radio, The Authority Syndicate, Business Innovators Magazine, Houston Emerging Entrepreneurs, The OffBeat Business Magazine "Top 15 Best Business Resources of 2015", is a current candidate for the Houston Super Bowl 2017 Manager of Events and Hospitality, and a keynote speaker for 2016 Woman: The Powerhouse Global Retreat/Awards in the United Kingdom.
Monica Parker is an actor, writer, and producer in theatre, television, and film, most notably "All Dogs Go to Heaven." Her latest book is "OMG! How Children See God." Monica’s insightful and hilarious one-woman show, "Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies," spawned her successful speaking career as well as her bestselling, humorous, nonfiction anti-diet book "Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin." Monica has an extensive list of both acting and writing credits. She is currently writing a romantic comedy for The Hallmark Channel and has a recurring role on SyFy's “Defiance.” www.omgkidsbook.com and www.monicaparkerproductions.com
Birmingham, Alabama is considered ground zero in the civil rights movement. In the 1950s, African-Americans of all ages in Birmingham drew a proverbial line in the sand against racial segregation. Their stories, struggles and ultimate success over Jim Crow laws is on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in an effort to keep the stories of this dark chapter in American history alive.
Across the street from the Civil Rights Institute is the 16th Street Baptist Church where a 1963 bombing that killed four young girls changed the course of history in Birmingham and America. We will walk through this church that has, today, become a place to unify a community and people from all over the world.
Downtown Birmingham is the home to the Civil Rights Heritage Trail. Kelly Ingrham Park, also known as Freedom Park, was the staging area for many of the demonstrations that took place in Birmingham led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and others. Today, Freedom Parkt is a sculpture garden that honors those who peacefully demonstrated.
We will revisit our conversation with jazz legend, the late Frank "Doc" Adams. He shared his music and life with us when we met him at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame just weeks before his passing at the age of 86.
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Tune in tonight as we have our annual Valentine's Day Show from 8-10 pm EST on Real Talk...annnnnnnd tonight we have a special Co Host with us to bring the female perspective in to the discussion...our homegirl Honey Banks!!! Gonna ask the questions "Can you and your significant other swap phones for 24 hours and still be in a relationship" "Where can't he take you for Valentine's Day" "How much value do you put in the ring he gets you" so tune in and trend with us and see what all the fuss is about...call in number is (646) 716-4952 press #1 to chime in on the discussion!!!
We'll get you one day closer to the weekend here on BangTheBook Radio with this Thursday edition of the show. Host Adam Burke will cover all the pressing topics from around the sports world, including a detailed look at the February 11 NHL betting card. Matt Cianfrone of Friendly Bounce, part of the Hardwood Paroxysm Network, will join us to talk NBA big stories, teams to buy coming out of the All-Star Break, and more. Alex Nicolas of Miner Rush, the SB Nation home of UTEP, will join us for a look at some Conference USA college basketball for this week and the weekend ahead. Finally, Jordan Bianchi of SB Nation will call in to chat about NASCAR, as the Sprint Cup season gets underway with the Sprint Unlimited this week.
0:00-6:15 - Burke show intro, today's top stories
6:15-27:00 - Matt Cianfrone, FriendlyBounce.com; NBA insight and analysis
27:00-33:00 - Burke's NHL thoughts for February 11
33:00-1:02:15 - Alex Nicolas, MinerRush.com; Conference USA college hoops
1:02:15-1:29:20 - Burke on NBA, NHL, coaching
1:29:20-1:59:40 - Jordan Bianchi, SB Nation NASCAR expert; NASCAR, Sprint Cup futures