Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 10)

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesday Trav-Triv. Hopefully you’ve all got some New Year’s Eve plans figured out by now, so you don’t find yourself sitting on the couch at home with just Dick Clark and a bowl of Rocky Road to keep you company… again.

Big congrats go to last week’s trivia winners! This week we’ve got ten more brain-busting questions for you to anguish over. Check ’em out below and leave your answers in the comments. Come back next Tuesday– same time, same place– for the answers.

  1. The world’s largest art gallery is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. What is it called?
  2. Set mostly in India, the 2007 travel film The Darjeeling Limited was directed by whom?
  3. In what country is the world’s tallest man-made structure located?
  4. If I wanted to eat a pierogi in the place of its origin, to what part of the world would I go?
  5. What Chinese dialect is more widely spoken, Cantonese or Mandarin?
  6. In what easternmost Mexican state is Cancún located?
  7. Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert had an ongoing fake feud with what Korean pop singer after a 2007 Time Magazine online poll cited the singer as the world’s most influential person?
  8. New York City is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and two others. What are they?
  9. What two-letter website is useful for calculating the exchange rates of currency from all over the world?
  10. About how many islands make up the Asian nation of Indonesia? A) 17,000 B) 3,200 C) 102,000

The answers to last week’s questions are hidden below the fold…

  1. Who wrote the critically acclaimed travelogue The Sex Lives of Cannibals, a book about the author’s time spent living in the island nation of Kiribati? Answer: J. Maarten Troost
  2. What western US town is known as the “Biggest Little City in the World”? Answer: Reno, Nevada
  3. Name two of South Africa’s three capitals. Answer: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein (you can be forgiven for forgetting the last one)
  4. What well-known TV travel host and guidebook publisher is on the advisory board of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws? Answer: Rick Steves, who probably just got a LOT cooler to some of you
  5. The three-letter abbreviation for what busy airport comes from its previous name, Orchard Field Airport? Answer: Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD)
  6. American Airlines acquired what large US-based carrier in 2001? Answer: TWA (remember them?)
  7. What large body of water gets its name from the Latin for “in the middle of land”? Answer: Mediterranean Sea
  8. The often-mispronounced city of Wrocław is located in what European country? Answer: Poland (just FYI, it’s “Vrots-wav”)
  9. The first Australian aboriginal word to appear in the English language was the name of what animal? Answer: Kangaroo
  10. In what Russian town will the 2014 Winter Olympics be held? Answer: Sochi