Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 40)

It’s the 40th week of Tuesday Travel Trivia and we’re still going strong. We’ve survived an historic presidential election, a plane’s miraculous landing on the Hudson River, and even the death of one of the world’s most famous entertainers. I am speaking, of course, of TV pitchman Billy Mays. We’ve also given away over $400 in prizes and plans are afoot to give away even more expensive booty. (There’s gotta be a better way to say that.)

A hearty congratulations goes out to Tim Laynor, the big winner from last week, whose dazzling brilliance shone like a 24-carat diamond.

Want to become this week’s champ? If you think you know the answers to the questions below, leave your answers in the comments. Come back next Tuesday for the answers… Good luck!

  1. The national dish of Hungary is what rich beef stew flavored with paprika?
  2. Sacha Baron Cohen’s flamboyant character Brüno is said to be from what Central European country?
  3. In what African country was the photo above taken?
  4. When would a car rental agency typically add a “drop charge” to a person’s bill?
  5. When facing forward on a boat, which side is starboard and which side is port?
  6. What Irish playwright born in 1856 once said, “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad”?
  7. Rhodes, Heraklion, Patras, and Ioannina are cities in what European country?
  8. Sioux Gateway Airport in South Dakota goes by what unfortunate three-letter airport code?
  9. A caipirinha, made from cachaça, sugar, and lime, is the national cocktail of what South American nation?
  10. What is the official currency of Denmark?

Last week‘s answers are below the fold…

  1. The Hagia Sophia church (pictured above) is located in what world city? Answer: Istanbul, Turkey
  2. What is the only US state that does not have a straight line as part of its border? Answer: Hawaii
  3. A “truck” in American English is called what in British English? Answer: A lorry
  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”? Answer: Mark Twain
  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? Answer: Rough Guides (get it?)
  6. The city of Asgabat is the capital of what secretive Central Asian country? Answer: Turkmenistan
  7. What type of tree is featured on the Lebanese flag and is the country’s national symbol? Answer: Lebanese Cedar
  8. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was from what West African country? Answer: Ghana
  9. Author of the 2000 book Left for Dead, a Texas pathologist named Beck Weathers survived a disaster that occurred on what natural wonder? Answer: Mt. Everest (Weathers also played a prominent role in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air)
  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? Answer: Germany, specifically Dresden