Monday, 25 March 2013

Expat senses: sounds

Welcome to the second instalment in our five part series on Expat Senses. Last time we brought you some of the best sights from around the world, including the amazing Bolivian salt flats. This week, it’s the turn of the ears, so listen up for a selection of amazing sounds from across the globe.

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It’s perhaps no surprise that one of the most intriguing places on earth is also the noisiest. The main square in Marrakech, Jemaa el-Fnaa, is an affront to all of the senses but the sheer melting pot of sounds is arguably most magical aspect of this bustling market. From the horns of the snake charmers to the cries of the stall owners you could be forgiven for thinking you had travelled back in time. To add to the constant hum of noise, five times a day the call to prayer echoes around the square from the tower of the Koutoubia Mosque.

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At its loudest point, the roar of the Niagara Falls can reach up to 95 decibels, which is almost as loud as fully amplified rock band! However, despite the magnitude of this natural beauty, the sound of the crashing water is often recorded and used as a means of relaxation.

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On top of an artificial mountain in Bangkok, Thailand sits the Golden Mount, or Wat Saket. There are 318 stairs exhausting stairs which lead to the dome of the temple and the way is paved with large iron bells. It’s common practice for every bell to be rung on the way up to the top creating a cacophony of noise that can be heard even as you approach the base.

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Do you think you have noisy neighbours? Think again. In the jungles of South and Central America you will find the black howler monkey swinging through the trees. This species of monkey has been crowned loudest mammal on earth and according to the record books their vocalisations can be heard clearly for three miles.

Next week, a treat for the taste buds as we take a look at the tastiest (and most interesting) treats from around the world!

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