Author Archives: Barbara Lang

About Barbara Lang

My career has been filled with life experiences and professional opportunities all focusing on food, ranging from university lecturer, restaurant owner, schooner chef, and Adult Lifelong Learning Coordinator for the U. of Virginia's Semester at Sea. During the around-the-world voyage, I found food adventures in all 15 countries, but India is the most memorable. Early on I was a Napa Valley, CA winery culinary director and most recently started a company called The Etiquette Factor - helping people present the best of who they are, as they move forward in their careers. In late October, my husband I will start a three-month commitment volunteering at a NGO in Cambodia where I'll be teaching and advising young adults hospitality skills as they pursue careers in the local tourism industry. It is my hope and intent, that in upcoming years, we will return to India for more than 6 days, becoming more acquainted with the people and of course, the incredible food.

Our 5th Return to the Kingdom of Wonder – December 2015

December 5, 2015 As soon as Dave and I stepped off the plane in Siem Reap, that recognizable smell and familiar humid, heavy air greeted us. It is too dramatic (and a bit presumptuous) to say we are “back home,” … Continue reading

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An EGBOK Wedding!

Yesterday Dave and I attended the wedding of Ty and Kot, two graduates from EGBOK Mission — a school romance we didn’t even know was happening under our  noses last year.  We met Kot soon after her arrived from her … Continue reading

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Formally Introducing the Cornell Students for EGBOK Mission

4 million people are visiting Siem Reap this year  walking the ancient temples at Angkor Wat, buying souvenirs at  hundreds of night market stalls, or putting their feet in large tanks of water where  garra rufa fish nibble dead flesh … Continue reading

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Arrival of the Cornell Team

Our four Cornell students have all arrived. Some a little wearier than others, but they are here. Today is our first full day of meeting together. I’m exhausted and I don’t have jet lag to blame.   Ben and I began … Continue reading

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2014 – The Best Launching of a New Year

It is New Year’s Day and Siem Reap is as quiet as it will ever be.  It is a national holiday and just about everyone, locals and tourists alike, were out late celebrating last night. The peak of Dave and … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of a Smile

I am creating a professional development program with our Education Coordinator, Dara, Kong, tailored for our EGBOK Mission graduates. There will be three parts – Self-Awareness, Customer Service and Leadership.  Interestingly, the subject of smiles came up recently, and it provided … Continue reading

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The Week in Review

Dave and I have been in Siem Reap for over 2 weeks — hard to believe. Sometimes it feels as though we arrived yesterday, and at other times, it feels so familiar, as if we never left. The week began … Continue reading

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