Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 39)

Hey there, friends o’ Gadling! You’ve just unknowingly stumbled across (let’s say) the web’s most popular weekly trivia game. Little-known fact: Playing travel trivia is not only a lot of fun, it’s also the best place to increase your “travelers’ cred.” Okay, except for Afghanistan.

Congrats to all the winners from last week who navigated their way through some very tough questions.

Want to become this week’s travel trivia top dog? Just check out the following ten questions and write down your answers in the comments. Next Tuesday I’ll post the answers and a fresh set of questions. Buena suerte!

  1. The Hagia Sophia church (pictured above) is located in what world city?
  2. What is the only US state that does not have a straight line as part of its border?
  3. A “truck” in American English is called what in British English?
  4. What quotable American author once wrote: “I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them”?
  5. With the motto, “Make the Most of your Time on Earth,” what guidebook publisher (despite its name) aims to make sure that your travels are always smooth?
  6. The city of Asgabat is the capital of what secretive Central Asian country?
  7. What type of tree is featured on the Lebanese flag and is the country’s national symbol?
  8. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was from what West African country?
  9. Author of the 2000 book Left for Dead, a Texas pathologist named Beck Weathers survived a disaster that occurred on what natural wonder?
  10. A couple weeks ago, UNESCO added thirteen new sites to its World Heritage list, but in a rare move, one site was dropped from the list because of a construction project that ruined its landscape. The dropped site was the Elbe River Valley located in what European country?

Last week‘s questions and their curiosity-satisfying answers are after the jump…

  1. In what European city was the photo above taken? Answer: Berlin, Germany
  2. What Moroccan city just across the straight of Gibraltar from Spain was designated an “international zone” from 1923-1940? Answer: Tangier
  3. A lake surrounded by Mayan villages and several volcanoes, Lago de Atitlán is located in what Central American nation? Answer: Guatemala
  4. Motorcycle helmet laws in many parts of the world provide exceptions for male members of what religion? Answer: Sikhism
  5. An RV is a vehicle equipped with living space and many of the other features found in an ordinary home. But what does RV actually stand for? Answer: Recreational Vehicle
  6. Tirana is the capital of what country in southeastern Europe? Answer: Albania
  7. A “barrister” or “solicitor” in England is called what in the United States? Answer: Lawyer
  8. Mongolian barbecue is not actually from Mongolia but from what Asian island? Answer: Taiwan
  9. What Of Mice and Men author once said: “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it”? Answer: John Steinbeck (great quote!)
  10. According to Ernest Hemingway, if Madrid contained nothing but what well-known art museum,”it would still be worth spending a month in every spring”? Answer: The Prado