Travel Words of Wisdom – No. 54

30 09 2008

“Let’s go this way.”  “No, let’s go this way.”  “No…”   (Rock hyrax, Serengeti)


“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”


– Henry David Thoreau



Photo and post by:  Simon Vaughan


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




Photo and post by:  Simon Vaughan