The team ride the Freedom Railway between Tanzania and Zambia ahead of its planned refurbishment and Christa Larwood heads to Denmark to practice with an underwater orchestra.
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This week on The Travel Show...
Seeing Africa by train.
This week on The Travel Show...
Seeing Africa by train.
seven lions that were chasing a
zebra. It was like a movie! And this
The history of selfies.
Selfies have a very interesting
history that goes back 40,000 years.
And rocking the mike underwater in
We're starting this week in Africa
on a train line that passes through
some of the continent's wildest
landscape. The Freedom Railway cut
through more than 8000 kilometres of
mountains, jungle and Savannah. As
it winds its way from Tansey to
Zambia's central province. But more
than 40 years after it opened, it is
now beginning to show its age and is
overdue and major upgrade. We bought
a ticket and went to find out what
makes the journey so unique.
scared of using the bus because
buses aren't safe. The first time on
the train I was like...
And if you're tempted by a rail
journey through Africa, here's our
pick up some of the highlights. The
continent's first ever high-speed
train line is due to open this
summer in Morocco. It will more than
half the time it takes to travel
from the -- the port of Tangiers
where you can pick up slower
connections. Another key upgrade
recently has been the stretch from
Mombasa to Nairobi, in Kenya. That
route used to be known as the
lunatic express because its
construction in the late 19th
century was so dangerous. Thousands
of labourers died working on it.
Many from malaria. Some from being
attacked by lions. The 12 hour
journey has now been reduced to four
and a half, but at those speeds you
might find that any visible the game
makes it slightly trickier to spot.
One of the most luxury is and most
expensive rides Africa has to offer
is South Africa's Blue Train. It
takes to be seven hours to travel
the nearly 1000 miles from Pretoria
to Cape Town and will set you back
around £900, or about $1200 US.
However, you are paying not just for
dramatic views of the landscapes but
also for high-end 5-star service
onboard. And in Egypt, the line from
Cairo tracks the course of the Nile
River and offers excellent views of
plantations and villages on the way.
If you try and book at the ticket
office they'll put you on the
sleeper services and you will miss
all the views, however there is
nothing to stop you booking online
or just turning up and getting your
ticket on the train. Do check the
latest travel advice before you go.
Still to come on The Travel Show, we
take our best pal along to be Museum
of Selfies. And why I'm getting a
good dunking in the name of music.
It's lovely and warm!
singing into the water you have to
have watered down your throat and if
you open up you get the water in
So, do stay with us. The
Travel Show, your essential guide
wherever you're heading.
OK, it is time for Trend in Travel,
your monthly mash-up of the best
travel stories, pics and leapt.
Apparently over 1 million selfies
are posted to social media every
day. So it was probably inevitable
that someone would open up a Museum
of Selfies. It opened in LA for a
month starting in April.
It is more
than just a gallery of art, it is an
installation that allows people to
create selfies of there own. Selfies
have an interesting history that
goes back 40,000 years. The human
form is a very old thing that we've
depicted since we were able to start
drawing on cave walls. It's changed
because technology and techniques
have become more advanced.
year, the Africa celebrates 100
years since the birth of Nelson
Mandela. With a packed calendar of
concerts, celebrations and a new
app. Madiba's journey guides
visitors around many other sites
that shaped the great man's life,
including Robben Island, when he was
imprisoned for 18 long gruelling
years. The listings are decked out
with images, histories and even
audio guides. Available for both iOS
and Android. Now we need to travel
photographer with a difference.
Jackie Kenny uses Google Street View
to explore the world, posting her
screen grabs. She suffers from a
fear of open spaces, leaving her
largely confined to her house, but
her work is spreading across the
globe, with an exhibition in New
York and nearly 100,000 Instagram
followers. For a limited time she is
donating a portion of the profits to
the brain and behaviour research
foundation. We caught up with blind
backpacker Tony, fresh from his trip
to Israel and Palestine for a
Facebook live interview
to Israel and Palestine for a
Facebook live interview. He has
visited over 120 countries, despite
losing his right as a child.
What has been the most unforgettable
place that you have visited? The
most amazing place.
India is the
most amazing country, I have been
twice and the first time I spent
months on the bus, travelling around
and bungee jumping. I love the
people and the nature, I can smell
it all and since it all. -- sense.
Thank you to everyone who sent us
your pictures from your travel,
using our hash tag. Here is what
caught my eye. Mario took this
stunning sunset shot. While Roger
captured and other sunset view.
Don't forget to share your travel
pictures with us on our Twitter
feed. OK, here are the travel videos
we have been viewing this month. 70
years ago this month, shrill anchor
declared independence from Great
Britain. So we have selected a
couple of films that show the
country at its best that you can
also check out online.
And if you see anything you think we
should go about, please do get in
touch. You can find us on Twitter at
BBC travel show. And finally this
week, I travel to aALBORG in
Denmark. -- Aalborg. This is a
country Company surrounded by water,
no matter where you are you are
never more than 50 kilometres from
the coast. So it should come as a
surprise that that it was here that
a local artist was inspired to
combine music and water in a way
that you have never heard it for. --
heard before. This is the group
Between Music, their latest show is
a four part series called Aqua
sonic, which explores who we are as
human beings and it begins with our
time in the wound.
-- womb. We are
so often divided by you and me, them
and us, religion and different
cultures, but this is something we
all know about. We have our first
nine months covered by this water
filter so I think somehow the
audience, I think they are on at
least an unconscious level will have
a flashback to hearing those sounds.
So as performers, how does it feel
when you are underwater performing
to an audience?
It gets really,
somehow a sense of loneliness to it.
There is not only a visual
loneliness to see the human in the
tanks, but also the sound has a
loneliness to it, I think that is
quite a nice idea.
So, here goes.
One deep roof and, well, actually
this is quite nice.
You are doing
It is lovely and warm.
this is great. So if you take this
microphone that is hanging and then
you hit this bell plate, you see the
one? Yes. Then you take the
microphone and put it in the water.
Do you hear that effect? Then you
can sort of play with it. Playing
music in water has two sides. On one
side it is terrifying because also
when you are singing into the water
you have to have watered down your
throat and if you open up you get
the water in your lungs. So that is
So how on earth do
you get musical insurance to play
Well it took us ten, 11
years to make this and how come it
took so long? OK, it is something
that you need to really research and
when you see what other people have
done and are trained, most
instruments didn't sound really
good, but we saw somehow a potential
in this. But we also realised we had
to build instruments to work in the
water, so we found collaborators
around the world to help us build
issuance for this project.
instruments. From his studio in Bath
in England, Matt Nolan works with
artist all around the world to
create custom-made instrument. --
I guess somehow I become the guy
people go to when they need
something unusual. I was approached
by, I think it was one of the
production guys will Aqua sonic,
they needed some bespoke underwater
percussion. I tried a lot of things
in a small tank of water here and
was astonished by how many things
literally just go clunk and do
anything else. All of the high
frequencies that shimmer like a
symbol all just disappear. With
various train, we narrowed down on
those instruments that were heavy
and massive and could sustain and
contain a certain amount of sonic
energy and radio out, the water
doesn't kill it too quickly. It is
always good to find something that
is not working and figure out how to
make it work.
Back in Denmark I am
beginning to think I am a natural.
Maybe move this to the window and if
you hit it with a hammer you can
close the sound with your hand.
Another thing, if you take, there is
a small stick on the top of the,
yeah, exactly. And you can use that
for the ring over there, with the
holes in it.
That's so cool axe Mac you're making
-- that's so cool axe Mac --
. It is so cool, you have
these hammers, it resonates and you
can feel it in your body. It is a
totally different experience than
hanging a bell with a hammer.
when you have been out of order for
a couple of weeks and months and
when we go and we have to play
somewhere and get in the tank, it
feels like getting home again. Try
to go down and hit may be number one
and number three together. -- may
Underwater music, trickier than it
appears and definitely one not to
try at home. Unfortunately that's
all we got time for on this weeks
show. Coming up next week: With the
Winter Olympics in full swing in
South Korea, Carmen heads to Seoul
for a taste of its strict culture.
It is pretty cold out here right
now, it feels well below zero, but
look at this place, it's so
bustling! You would think people
would be at home with the central
heating on full blast, but no, this
place is really happening.
are off to one of the toughest,
wildest environments the UK has to
offer. Jo joins a tour which teach
-- which teach you how to survive
the night outdoors in Scotland's
I have been digging for a
couple of hours now and the camera
is finally starting to completely
freeze over and I am also freezing
over. Cheers everyone!
So do join us
then, if you can. In the meantime
don't forget you can catch up with
us while we are out on the road in
real-time. Details are on the screen
now. From now, from the team and the
rest of the team in Denmark, it is
This week, we're riding the creaking Freedom Railway between Tanzania and Zambia ahead of its planned refurbishment, we join one woman who manages to see the world from the comfort of her armchair and Christa Larwood heads to Denmark to practice with an underwater orchestra.