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Snow Holing in Scotland

Jo Whalley is learning winter survival skills in the mountains of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park and Carmen Roberts is eating her way around Seoul, the capital of South Korea.


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Now on BBC News, it's time

for The Travel Show.

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Coming up on this week's show... We

dig in on a snow-covered mountain in

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Scotland.

The camera is finally

starting to completely freeze over

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and I'm obviously freezing.

There

are tips on the best placed a

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honeymoon. And I am enjoying my own

company at the new Korean restaurant

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for solo diners here in Cellmark.

That was really bad chopstick

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etiquette.

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-- here in Seoul.

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First up this week, we in the

Cairngorms National Park in the

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heart of the Scottish Highlands. The

frozen landscape is beautiful at

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this time of year but conditions can

be brutal and recently, a number of

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hikers found themselves in trouble

there after reaching higher the

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main. The advice is never to attempt

this on your own in bad weather

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conditions without an experienced

mountain in, so we sent Jo Whalley

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on an overnight tour with a guided

group to learn some winter survival

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skills. This is the snow is place in

the UK. Over 1700 square miles of

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listening icecaps picks. --

glistening. The snow makes it a

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popular spot for winter sports but

at this time of year, the weather in

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the mountains can also be

unpredictable and extreme. If you

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find yourself lost in a blizzard

like this, one of the best survival

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techniques is to dig a hole to

shelter from the elements. I have

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scaled Mount Cairngorms with a tour

group led by an expert guide. He is

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going to teachers how to safely

construct a snow hole. One of the

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best places to dig is this small

valley, 1200 metres up the mountain.

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-- he's going to teach us. I am so

cold, it is so snowy. I can't

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actually imagine how we're going to

stay the night.

Well, the big killer

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in terms of your own temperature is

the wins. If we build a snow hole,

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we are totally out of the wind.

What

is the temperature right now?

We are

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in quite a sheltered area right now,

so it is probably ten to 12 miles an

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hour, something like that. When we

came over the top, it was

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considerably more than that but once

we get the snow hole dug... We are

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going to get you warmed up, so there

is your shovel.

While we have been

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preparing the equipment, three of

the team have made a start on the

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whole by digging tunnels into the

snowdrift. When they are deep

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enough, we will connect them to form

a and.

We are just tunnelled into

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the snow at the moment. We have got

to go a good metre from the top

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year, and you want to come in and

have a dig?

Yes.

I am just chopping

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away at this pace is.

And how long

does it take to do this normally?

It

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very much depends on the snow

conditions. We have got relatively

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soft snow about slightly three hours

plus, sometimes as much as five

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hours.

Five hours. It is going to go

dark...

This is a snow saw, designed

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to be able to cut through ice and

snow and by using this, we can often

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remove the snow far more efficiently

inasmuch as we can cut blocks out,

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rather than chipping away.

And are

they going to collapse?

Nour, the

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strength is in the thickness of the

snow. This is quite narrow, so it is

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quite well supported but when we

make a living space, we want to make

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sure that that is no as well so it

is well supported. -- Nowra. Our man

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gets in there with a shovel.

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-- narrow.

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What is it about this that you

enjoy?

I suppose it very much

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engages the brain. You are concerned

about keeping warm, surviving. It

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takes the mind very much back to

survival, it is about survival, but

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survival style, we hope.

So the

camera is finally starting to

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completely freeze over and I am also

freezing. So we are going to focus

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on digging, otherwise we might not

have anywhere to stay the night. We

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chip and carve away at the ice until

it eventually starts to take shape.

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We have finally reached one of the

most satisfying parts of digging,

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when the tunnels start to connect,

when we can reach through to each

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other. He has built over 50 snow

holes with groups of tourists and

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shows us how to sculpt the roof with

a saw to prevent a collapse in

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drips. He has never had one. It is

hard work but it is finally starting

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to warm up in here, the average

temperature of a snow hole hovers

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around 0 degrees, toasty compared to

the freezing winds outside. We are

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making the hole big enough for six

people and allow staff but in an

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emergency, even a small snow shelter

can provide vital protection from

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hypothermia. We heed the biggest

pieces of snow to the exit and use

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them to block up two of the doors,

filling in the gaps to stop grass

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getting through.

There we go.

Thank

you so much. That is amazing. So, we

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made it. This is our beautiful snow

hole, with a nice vaulted ceiling up

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there. And in is very kindly cooking

up a round of tea for everyone. -- N

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T. Cheers, everyone.

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-- and he is.

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After a hot meal from the stove, we

all try to settle down for the

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night. Even with layers of clothing

and a specialist sleeping bag, it

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does feel pretty chilly but it is

completely silent, wishing away from

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the gales outside. -- we are hidden

away. So I survived the night, he is

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outside chipping the ice away, all

this snow has fallen in the night

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and has sort of locked us in, so he

has just dug us out. It has been

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very, very cold. The thought of

heading back outside is daunting,

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but he helped me to pack up and

claimed the out of the hole into a

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blizzard of white. -- clamber.

Getting back down the mountain is a

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mammoth effort because of the

swelling snowstorm, but that feeling

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of knowing we survived the night is

exhilarating.

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Still to come on this week's travel

show... Our global guru is here with

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advice on April honeymoon and the

best ideas for a big family day in

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France. And I am keeping

conversation to a minimum at a new

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restaurant for solo diners here in

South Korea.

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Destination inspiration every week

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Welcome to the slice of the show

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getting the best out of trouble.

Coming up, a Singapore to Italy

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overland. And the best location for

a family celebration in France.

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Korean food is becoming famous the

world over and it is here in Seoul

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that you will find the best. I have

come to discover a unique way to

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enjoy it. First, I am off to a

market to pick up their warm snack

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or two along the way. It is cold out

here right now. Feels like it is

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well below zero. Look at this place!

It is bustling. You would think

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people would be at home with their

heating on full blast but now. You

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cannot keep people away from Korean

street food. I like it. It is a good

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atmosphere. I don't know if you can

see me through the steam but this

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looks interesting. I have never seen

anything like this before. Egged on

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bread and if you look inside you can

see at baking in the. Let's give it

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a try. Let's give it a go. That is

quite good. It is egged with very

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sweet red. A nice combination all

are many Koreans enjoy eating on the

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go, when it comes to a proper meal

it is normally done with a large

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group of rents and family. Is so I

am eating a group of local foodies

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and bloggers who will give me the

lowdown on how to share a meal

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Korean style. Hi, guys. How are you

doing. Sorry I'm late. I was

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laughing about the scissors. You

know Western people find this

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concept strange. Why is it so

important for Koreans to eat

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communally? Food is a social

activity however in Korea it plays a

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role in terms of... For example, if

I am with someone younger I feel the

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need to feed them.

I will cut

something up and put it on their

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plate. Tell them here, enjoy. Give

me your plate.

OK.

For me this is

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very common.

Really? What is the

order to be served in? Age. You are

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the guest of honour so you get it

first. Wow. Seniority. I heard in

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Korea that if you pour your own

drink you will have an ugly spouse.

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Is that right?

It is different. You

can give the other person a bad

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spouse. So I have to pour for you.

And then I should receive it with

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two hands.

OK. I will pour red with

two hands. What happens if you spill

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it? -- pour it.

Because Korea went

through such a long time of the TI

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think that food is so symbolic of we

have now. Being able to watch

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someone eat or share food together

is more important than just giving

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nutrition. I like to watch people

eat.

It is a Korean girl thing.

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Really? You watch them eat on social

media?

You can live stream people

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eating.

It seems that all Koreans

enjoy company whether they are

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eating together all online. But in a

country where family ties and

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traditions are strong I have heard

there is still something of a taboo

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about actually going out to enjoy

Korean food on your own. Although

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life here in South Korea is changing

and with more young people choosing

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to live alone, a couple of new

restaurants have opened up for those

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who enjoy their own company and

traditional food. I am off to check

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one hour. I am eagerly awaiting my

meat and my barbecue for one to be

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delivered. It is very exciting. You

see the event here? That will suck

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up the fumes so I don't smell like a

barbecue when I walk out of here.

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There is a guy next door who does

not seem to be keen to have a chat.

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Gosh. It is really quiet here. Do I

get scissors? Wow. There is a lot of

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heat coming off this. It is such a

strange concept. Normally when I

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come to a Korean barbecue I am with

a huge group of people, friends,

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family even work colleagues. Usually

other people do the grilling. I

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don't know if it is a good place to

come. You are surrounded by single

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people that everyone is on their

scientific there is a partition

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between the walls and no-one wants

to talk to each other. Oops. I am

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burning this now. That was bad

chopstick etiquette. You are not

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meant to go like that with your

chopsticks. It shows that I am not

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very good. See, this is the thing

where you miss having other people

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with you. I am not the best barbecue

grill person so this is not the most

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relaxing. I feel like trying to

multitask a lot of things at once. I

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could do with another set of hands,

really. But it is nice to not feel

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pressured to talk to anybody.

Delicious. Compliments to the chef.

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If you are thinking of heading to

South Korea any time soon, here are

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some travel show tips on things you

could see and do. Soloed 1717 is the

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capital 's version of the high line

in New York. It is the biggest green

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space in the city with 24,000 trees

and plants lining the route along

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with cafes and performance spaces.

It is all part of efforts to make

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soul more pedestrian friendly. A

three-hour train ride from Seoul is

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the second city of Korea and the

cultural Village. This former

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rundown area overlooking the coast

has been renovated and repainted and

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you will find minerals and

sculptures created by the locals

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here as well, making it a big

attraction for tourists. And if you

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did not manage to catch the Winter

Olympics, do not despair. There are

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dozens of annual winter themed

festivals here in South Korea. Want

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to look out for is the yearly ice

fishing festival close to the

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Olympic site in Jung Chang where

thousands of tourists and locals use

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their bare hands, traditional Robson

lures to catch fish from the icy

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river. It runs every year throughout

February so wrap up warm. But is it

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for this week that you can enjoy as

next week on the travel show when...

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Christer is in Norway as she takes a

journey along one of the world 's

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most spectacular rail lines in

search of the route of Norwegian

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music.

It is the kind of sound of

nature.

This is great. And don't

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forget, if you want to follow us on

the road you can to our social media

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feed. Until next time, from me,

Carmen Roberts and the rest of this

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travel show team here in Seoul, it

is good by.

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Jo Whalley is learning winter survival skills in the mountains of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park. Plus Simon Calder answers travel questions and Carmen Roberts is eating her way around Seoul, the capital of South Korea.


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