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On this edition of World Stories, we cross the River Jordan to stay at an Eco Lodge. Then we get down to work with a potmaker in the Congo who recycles scrap metal and a sandalmaker in Pakistan who works with precious metals. We cycle through a Romanian town with a local barber and check on progress restoring a 300-year-old alterpiece in Mexico.


Jordan: Feynan Eco

The Feynan Eco Lodge was built in in 2005 in Jordan's desert Dana Biosphere Reserve. It has no electric power besides what its solar panels generate and no roads nearby except the desert track that leads to it. It has no telephones and no computers. What it does have is spectacular desert landscape surroundings and candle-lit evenings with bedouin baked bread.

It provides peace and tranquility for its guests and jobs for the local people. Firas Al Taybeh checked out the accommodation for the IKBIS-Online Plattform.

Congo: Car Engines to Cooking Pots

Scrap metal collectors in Kinshasa were making a living from recycling whatever metal they could scavenge as cooking pots and other simple household items. But some five years ago, as soon as they saw the boom coming, big recycling companies started muscling in and sweeping the Congolese capital clean.

One-man operators like Carlito Landu are putting up a brave but losing battle against the oversized competitors. Congo Web TV's Elysée Odia and Julia Mielke took a look into the pots and what goes to make them.

Pakistan: the Emperor's New Sandals

On the Indian subcontinent, the emperor's clothes were always of great importance - in this case, the 16th and 17th-century Moghul emperors' sandals, woven of fine gold and silver threads called "Tilla". Now, in spite of price tags sometimes running into the thousands of euros, they're coming back in style.

For the Virtual University Television Network, Tahir Almas strolled through Lahore's famous Shaikopur bazaar, famous for its hand-cobbled sandals.

Romania: City of Cyclists

The town of Lugoj in western Romania has long been known as the City of Cyclists. Indeed it is a kind of two-wheeling oasis in a bicycle desert - Romanian cities have very little bike-riding tradition and almost no bike paths. Catalina Filip for RTV looked up Alin the barber, a cycling enthusiast who takes dozens if not hundreds of fellow bike riders on outings every weekend.

One family has even taken their passion across Europe, covering tens of thousands of kilometers and setting records along the way.

Mexico: Restoring an Altarpiece

The Mexican town of Huamantla has been honored with the title "Pueblo Mágico" - magic town. One thing that makes it magic is the colonial-era San Luis Obispo church. With federal and local funding, citizens' projects are hard at work restoring the church for what may be the first time in its nearly 300-year history.

The restorers clean the surfaces, re-attach loose pieces and stabilize the foundation and gilding of sculptures, reliefs and paintings Rafael Meza looks at the progress of work on an altarpiece for Televisión Tlaxcala.