The Fifth Great Adventure Quiz

6 11 2008

“Call me Cochabamba”                                      (Masai Mara, Kenya)

1) What is the name of the lioness made famous by Joy Adamson?


a) Star

b) Eva

c) Digit

d) Elsa

e) Cara



2) Giovanni Caboto was…


a) The real name of explorer John Cabot

b) Christopher Columbus’ navigator on the Niña

c) The first person to reach the summit of K2

d) The captain of the airship Norge which first flew to the North Pole

e) The Doge of Venice who conquered Zanzibar


3) Cochabamba is…


a)     A large Amazonian cockroach

b)     An annual music festival in California

c)     A spicy Spanish bean dish

d)     A city in central Bolivia

e)     A Mexican term of endearment for a child


4) Which of the following books is set in Colombia?


a) “Getting to Know the General” by Graham Greene

b) “The General in His Labyrinth” by Gabriel García Márquez

c) “The Night Manager” by John Le Carré

d) “Risico” by Ian Fleming

e) “Death in the Afternoon” by Ernest Hemingway


5) Yoruba


a) A mining city in Australia’s Red Centre

b) A lost city of the Aztecs

c) A West African language

d) A Tongan drink of fruit juice and milk

e) An Arabic leather pouch for carrying water



Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan


Answers: 1d, 2a, 3d, 4b, 5c – answer to yesterday’s ‘Spot The Imposter’: Vegas is on the left


The Fourth Great Adventure Quiz

15 10 2008

See question 5


Identify the following:


1) Kikuyu


a) A Kenyan people

b) The capital of Rwanda

c) An Inuit language

d) The name by which Christmas Island is presently known

e) An evergreen native to New Zealand



2) Reinhold Messner


a) The engineer who designed the Suez Canal

b) A famous Italian mountaineer

c) The author of “Seven Years in Tibet

d) The inspiration for the villain in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

e) The first westerner to lay eyes on Machu Picchu



3) Sadza


a) A fiery South American ballroom dance

b) A character in a Rudyard Kipling novel

c) A valley in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush

d) A basic staple comprised of maize meal

e) A Siberian metal urn used for heating water



4) Askari


a) A volcano in Iceland

b) A city in north central Egypt

c) A warrior or guard

d) A blue gem of moderate value

e) A queen of ancient Persia



5) Whose statue is featured in the above photograph?


a) Hathor, Egyptian goddess of love and joy

b) Hatshepsut, one of only a few female pharaohs

c) Neferura, the only child of Hatshepsut

d) Queen Nefertiti

e) Ankhesenamun, wife of Tutankhamun



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Answers: 1a, 2b, 3d, 4c, 5e

The Third Great Adventure Quiz

15 09 2008

“We shall fight them on the beaches…”          (Table Mountain, Cape Town)


Identify the following:



1. Pashtun:


a)     A type of fine cashmere wool often used in scarves

b)     Mahatma Gandhi’s prime minister

c)     The largest ethnic and linguistic group in Afghanistan

d)     The capital of Kyrgyzstan

e)     A large city in Qashqadaryo, Uzbekistan


2. The African rock hyrax (pictured above), is the closest living relative of:


a)     The prairie dog

b)     The elephant

c)     The giant panda

d)     Winston Churchill

e)     The baboon


3. Moshi:


a)     The Japanese equivalent of ‘Hi’

b)     The capital of Mauritania

c)     The town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro

d)     An Indian dish of dried marrowfat peas

e)     The Mayan name for Cancun


4. Okapi:


a)     A rare African forest antelope

b)     The hat worn by the French Foreign Legion

c)     The first president of post-colonial Nigeria

d)     A palace in Istanbulm formerly home to the Ottoman Sultans

e)     A popular bay on New Zealand’s South Island


5. Baltra:


a)     The current prime minister of Algeria

b)     Ancient Roman ruins near Aleppo, Syria

c)     The southern-most province of Sri Lanka

d)     A type of hot curry-style dish originating in Mirpur, Pakistan

e)     The main airport on the Galapagos Islands



Answers:  1c, 2b (yes, apparently!), 3c, 4a, 5e




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The Third Great Adventure Quiz

26 08 2008

Right-side up or upside down?    (Hyena, Serengeti, Tanzania)

Identify the following… 



1) Tangyanika


a) The local name for Kilimanjaro

b) The former name of Tanzania

c) A South Pacific dish of shark wrapped in banana leaves

d) The last king of Lesotho

e) A legendary Japanese sumo wrestler



2) Kuku Paka


a) A Tanzanian/Indian fusion dish of chicken and potato

b) A Polynesian dug-out canoe

c) A long-tailed weaver bird found in Belize

d) A Mayan solstice festival

e) A province of western Pakistan


3) Bongo


a)     An African forest antelope

b)     A type of percussion instrument

c)     The first president of Gabon

d)     A mixed tropical fruit drink

e)     All of the above


4) Siam


a) A Dr Seuss character from Green Eggs and Ham

b) Former name of Thailand

c) The colonial capital of Laos

d) Popeye’s response when asked if he was the Sailorman

e) A type of salamander


5) Bubu Tigre


a) The Surinamese maroon name for a jaguar

b) A river delta in southern Iraq

c) An ancient Cambodian dance

d) The first female president of Vanuatu

e) A mythical monster found in the jungles of Brazil



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Answers: 1b, 2a, 3e, 4b, 5a   – Photo is upside down

The Second Great Adventure Quiz

18 08 2008

Right-side up or upside down?        (Matusadona, Zimbabwe)

Identify the following:


1) Salisbury


a) A meat dish made of ground pork, carrots and corn

b) The pre-independence name of Tonga

c) The capital of Rhodesia

d) The first governor of New Zealand

e) An English county



2) Ushuaia


a) The third largest Island of Japan

b) The Incan word for a Tsunami

c) Argentina’s southern-most city & gateway to the Antarctic

d) The name of Mother Earth

e) The highest mountain on New Zealand’s North Island



3) Formosa


a) A type of laminate covering

b) The Spanish name for Guinea Bissau

c) One of the Canary Islands

d) The capital of Sierra Leone

e) The former name of Taiwan



4) Abyssinia


a) The fifth highest mountain in the Himalayas

b) The former name of Ethiopia

c) The Italian Duke who led the first successful summit of K2

d) The ancient name for Syria

e) The name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s cat in the Bond films



5) Seretse Khama


a) The first president of independent Botswana

b) An island atoll near the Maldives

c) A classic dish from Goa of coconut curry and swordfish

d) The Luo name for Lake Victoria

e) The banned sequel to the Kama Sutra



Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan



Answers: 1c, 2c, 3e, 4b, 5a  – Photo is upside down

The First Great Adventure Traveller Quiz

7 08 2008

Are you an Adventure Traveller?



1 – When you think of “Going south to lie on a beach”, do you picture…


a) Heading to Florida and renting a condominium for a week

b) Taking a week off work, sitting at home and applying ‘tan in a bottle’ while watching Oprah re-runs

c) Crossing the Drake Passage in an expedition ship and photographing penguins in the Antarctic



2 – When someone says they’re “going hiking”, do you think of…


a) Walking to the beer store

b) Flying to Peru and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

c) Renting the summer cottage furthest from the golf course



3 – When you say you are going to “get close to nature”, do you intend to…


a) Go camping in Alaska, watching grizzlies fishing for salmon and listening to wolf howls

b) Drunkenly run naked through a field of daisies chased by the local police department

c) Sit on your friend’s deck eating granola, serenaded by the cicadas



4 – When you tell your co-workers that you are going “on safari” during your vacation, do you mean…


a) Fulfilling a life-long dream by visiting the Serengeti and Masai Mara

b) Stocking up on energy drinks and heading to the 2-for-1 sale at the local Shoe Emporium

c) Taking the children to the Wildlife Park for a picnic



5 – When someone says they’re going “on a cruise”, what springs to mind…


a) Hiring the paddle boat for two hours

b) Exploring the islands of the Caribbean in the outside upper Conquistador Cabin

c) Boarding a Russian icebreaker to reach the North Pole



6 – When you want to spend your 35th birthday “mountain climbing”, do you…


a) Embark on a 21-day trek to Everest Base Camp

b) Take a bottle of champagne and your significant other to the top of the highest hill for sunset

c) Put on your sweat pants and sort out the pile of dirty laundry



7 – An adventurous trip to “the market” means…


a) Heading to Chinatown for some Ginseng

b) Heading to the corner shop to buy a raspberry-mango slushy

c) Heading to China to choose between fried grasshoppers or pickled duck embryos



8 – Your idea of engaging in “extreme sports” is…


a) Skydiving from 15,000 feet over the Great Barrier Reef

b) Watching the High-Definition coverage of beach volleyball instead of curling

c) Riding the inflatable banana on your next trip to the beach



9 – The most “exotic” food you would ever consider trying is…


a) The green Thai curry from the local food court

b) Roasted widgety grubs in the Australian Outback

c) A shamrock shake



10 – “Going fishing” means…


a) Hanging around the water cooler for some juicy office gossip

b) Visiting the local pond with a fishing rod and your iPod

c) Catching piranha with the Akurio people of the Amazon to cook for dinner



Results: If you have to ask…



Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan