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“We didn’t have tele­vi­sion un­til I was about eight years old, so it was ei­ther the movies or ra­dio. A lot of ra­dio drama. That was our tele­vi­sion, you know. We had to use our imag­i­na­tion. So it was re­ally those two things, and the comics, that I im­mersed my­self in as a child.“

That quote, by Filipino play­wright, poet and ac­tor Jessica Hage­dorn, en­cap­su­lates the magic of au­dio. Those of us who grew up lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio know ex­actly what she means.

Au­dio is magic.

Find­ing and record­ing that magic is one of the driv­ers be­hind our travel pod­cast. While most of our in­for­ma­tion about the world comes through our eyes, au­dio puts us in­side the mo­ment.

In this week’s Sun­day Times Travel pod­cast, we set sail for Mozam­bique aboard the MSC Sin­fo­nia, while the crew tell us sto­ries about life on a cruise ship.

It’ll soon be the start of a new cruise sea­son. In Novem­ber, the MSC Mu­sica — a sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger ves­sel than the much-loved MSC Sin­fo­nia — will ar­rive from the Mediter­ranean to be­gin a se­ries of cruises along South African shores, into the balmy In­dian Ocean and along the Mozam­bique coast. It will be Mu­sica’s first sea­son in South African wa­ters.

You can lis­ten to the pod­cast at — direct link is

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