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



Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan


Answers: 1b, 2a, 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

Question of the Week

20 03 2008

Arsoli 2

What are the residents of this small Italian town known as?

Post by: Simon Vaughan © 2008

Photo by: Marguerite & Fabrizio Urbani © 2008

TRAVEL QUIZ ANSWERS: Can you speak Kiwi?

27 01 2008

1. B. Slip-slop-slap means to put on sunblock (a MUST in New Zealand);

Watties is the beloved tomatoe sauce of New Zealand- don’t call it ketchup

2. TRUE: A waka is a Maori war canoe

3. Brekkie= Breakfast

Rellies= Relatives

Mozzies= Mosquitos

Sammie= Sandwich

Chocka= Chock full of

Pokies= Poker Machines

Uni= University

Sunnies= Sunglasses

Brill= Brilliant

Krissy Pressy= Christmas Present

4. POMS are from England: “Prisoners Of Her Majesty”

5. Kia Ora= Hello in the Maori language

I’m a Box of Fluffies= Box of Birds= Supergreat! Doing Fantastic!

ABF= About Bloody Fine= Doing Pretty Well

Piss= Beer

6. Togs= Swimsuits

7. Haka. The All Blacks are the National Rugby team and before each game do a very intimidating Maori war dance known as the Haka.

8. F; Paua is a New Zealand abalone, and Marmite is the fermented meat yeast spread.

9. Heaps= A whole lot of

Dodgy= sketchy, shady

Muppets= idiots

Hangi= Traditional Maori dinner cooked in the earth

10. Jandels= Flip-flops

Hundreds and Thousands= Candy Sprinkles

Biscuits= Cookies

Capsicum= Bell Pepper

Jelly= Jello

Bin Liners= Trash Bags

Kumaras= New Zealand Sweet Potato

Gummies= Gumboots= Hardcore Waterproof Farming/Ranching Boots

11. Bach= One room vacation home/cabin

Wop-Wops= In the middle of nowhere

12. False- they are coffee drinks:

Short Black= Espresso

Long Black= Espresso with a little hot water (like a strong americano)

Flat White= Like a strong Latte with less foam

13. Tiki Tour= Headed out roaming, no real plans or itinerary

Chilly Bin= Ice Chest/Cooler

Tuis= A popular New Zealand ale, named after a native bird

Keas= The world’s only Alpine Parrot, found near Milford Sound and known as the “cheeky kea” for its overt personality and destructive tendencies (eating hiking boots and weather stripping from cars)

14. Right Joe= Fool

Piker= Someone who backs out at the last minute

Hard Case= A real character, someone with a lot of personality

JAFA= Just another freakin’ Aucklander

15. Big Smoke= Auckland

OE= Overseas Experience, a right of passage for young Kiwis



0-5: What are ya? Get to New Zealand right away!
6-10: Choice. Work on the accent and she’ll be right.
11-15: Sweet As! You deserve a chocolate fish and a Steinlager.
Good on ya, mate!

What are ya?= Are you stupid, are you crazy, are you mad?

Choice= Cool

She’ll be right= Everything will work out fine

Sweet As!= Very Cool, like “Sweet as pie!” Also: hot as, tired as, funny as…etc.

You deserve a chocolate fish= Kudos to you, job well done (also used sarcastically)

Steinlager= Unoffical beer of the Southern Island and the “Southern Man”

Good on ya, mate= Universal “way to go, thanks, cheers”

TRAVEL QUIZ: Can you speak Kiwi?

26 01 2008

The rugged isolation and incredible natural beauty of Aotearoa are perfectly complemented by the laid back, inclusive vibe of the New Zealanders.  The mélange of native Maori traditions, British influence, and a good dose of shoulder rubbing (and ribbing) with the Aussies has created a culture quite unique in the world.  This is most obvious whenever Kiwis open their mouths.

Keep track of your answers and come back tomorrow for the answers, your score, and one more reason to go to New Zealand!

1. You are at a barbeque at Piha beach and your mate Jaime says you’d better
slip-slop-slap. Quick, grab the:
A. dog’s leash
B. Wattie’s tomatoe sauce
C. sunblock
D. ice cream spoons

2. True or False: You would find a waka in the water.

3. Like Aussies, New Zealanders love to abbreviate. Can you translate these popular words?

Krissy Pressy

4. If you are a POM, where do you live?

5. You overhear this conversation at a pub on Cuba Street in Wellington:

“Kia Ora, how’re you going?”
“I’m a box of fluffies, mate, a box of birds, and I’ll be ABF when I can get some piss!”

Should you notify security?

6. You wear your togs to dinner at SkyCity in Auckland. Why is everyone laughing?

7. Before the start of each rugby game the All Blacks do the _____________.

8. Which is NOT a popular food in the Land of the Long White Cloud?
A. Lime milk
B. Bean sandwiches
C. Paua fritter                            *BONUS*   What is a paua?
D. Spaghetti for breakfast
E. Concentrated meat yeast       *BONUS*   What is the name of this spread?
F. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

9. You arrive with your friends in Rotorua and there are heaps of dodgy muppets at the Hangi. Are you good as gold?

10. You are shopping at the Otara market for your Maori friend Steve who has given you a list of things to buy.  What do you need?

Red jandels
Hundreds and thousands
Three Capsicum
Strawberry Jelly
Bin Liners
One pound of kumaras

11. You have been invited to your cousin’s bach in the wop-wops. Do you pack an evening gown?

12. True or False: A long black, short black, and flat white are types of sheep.

13. You and your friends are headed out for a tiki tour and have a chilly bin. Do you fill it with Tuis or Keas?

14. You are all roped up to bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown and at the last minute you chicken out and can’t do it.  This makes you a:
a. Right Joe
b. Piker
c. Hard Case

15. Your flatmate Ian is leaving the Big Smoke for his OE.  Will he take a bus or a plane?

Come back tomorrow for the answers and your score!

TRAVEL QUIZ: What is your adventure style?

12 01 2008

Choose the answer(s) that best fit your response to each question.

1. You’ve just arrived in a strange new city. You head straight for:
A. The “Sights”
B. Nowhere in particular, you like to wander around for a while first
C. A nearby park or garden
D. An art museum

2. When packing for a trip, you ALWAYS take:
A. Toiletry kit
B. Corkscrew
C. Hiking boots
D. Guidebook(s)

3. Your idea of the perfect meal experience:
A. Five courses and five stars
B. A candlelight dinner overlooking a beautiful sunset or twilight cityscape
C. A picnic meal on the side of a mountain
D. Authentic regional cuisine of the country you’re visiting

4. Your favorite mode of transportation is:
A. Plane
B. Train
C. Feet
D. Local transportation- whatever that might be!

5. Your ideal honeymoon would be a trip to:
A. Somewhere warm and sunny with umbrellas on the beach and in the drinks
B. Paris
C. Peru, hiking the Inca Trail- who cares if there are no showers?
D. China, focusing on monasteries, cuisine, and small villages

7. On any given flight, you can be found:
A. Watching the in-flight movie
B. Snuggling with your seatmate and sipping something warm
C. Sleeping
D. Reading up on your destination

8. You’ve just sat down at a café in Budapest. You order:
A. Coffee- it’s a café.
B. Red wine
C. Bottled water- gotta keep hydrated
D. The local brew

9. You have a week to spend in India. You can be found:
A. in New Delhi, Rajasthan, and at the Taj Mahal
B. Staying in the former palaces of Maharajas
C. Trekking in the northern mountains
D. Mingling in the markets and trying out your Hindi

10. If you were a continent, you would be:
A. North America
B. Europe
C. South America
D. Asia

11. You just returned from your last vacation and you can’t stop talking about:
A. Those amazing temples/cathedrals/museums
B. How much fun you had with your travel partner
C. The mountains! The oceans!
D. The wonderful people you met

12. Close your eyes and picture “someday”. You see:
A. Yourself wrapped up in fine bed linens eating from a silver room service tray
B. Turquoise water, white sand, twenty toes
C. A vast mountain range stretching out before you
D. Living in a far away village or city


Mostly A’s: You’re a CLASSIC ADVENTURER: You enjoy new experiences as long as you don’t have to sacrifice comfort (or hotel star rating), and you like travel for travel’s sake- a true adventurer of style. You like to see the important sights, eat the delicious cuisine, and get back to where you came from in one piece. In your travel destiny: A grand tour of Europe OR a small group adventure to China with deluxe digs.

af014901.jpg The Louvre, Paris
Mostly B’s: You’re a ROMANTIC ADVENTURER: You like to travel in 2’s and drink in the aesthetic beauty of a place while appreciating it’s art, cuisine, and culture. You travel to escape the mundane world and to intoxicate your senses with new and exciting adventures. In your travel future: an over water bungalow in Tahiti for a week, an adventure through the deserts and vibrant cities of Morocco, or the lovers’ favorite: Paris.
2006-french-polynesia-tahiti-and-moorea-135.jpg Moorea, French Polynesia

Mostly C’s: You’re a PHYSICAL ADVENTURER: You love to travel to spectacular locations and prove yourself while you’re there. You never shy away from a challenge, whether it’s fermented yak’s milk in Mongolia or sky-diving in Switzerland. You enjoy meeting new people on your travels and secretly harbor a desire to climb Mount Everest. Your next trip: to Kilimanjaro, to hike the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, to New Zealand to explore the incredible scenery, or to the seventh continent: Antarctica

.2004-marahau-2-to-milford-sound-1-205.jpg Lake Matheson, New Zealand

Mostly D’s: You’re a CULTURAL ADVENTURER: You see travel as an opportunity for growth and education and a chance to get to know a place and a people that are far outside your own world view. You are an independent and confident traveler; you always read up on your destination before you go and try to learn a few words of the local language. In your travel destiny: a visit with the tribes of Papua New Guinea, a six month trans-Africa expedition, or a trip to Japan to explore the nuances of Shinto and sushi

.af013001.jpg Saqqara, Egypt

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days on trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” Jack London

So what are you waiting for? Your next life?

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