Travel Tales


Essaoira, Morocco 2
Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: What connects these ‘locations’? Answer: Shooting locations for Game of thrones. Essaoira, morocco – Meereen Svinafellsjokull glacier, Iceland – The wall and beyond Meteora, Greece – Vale of Arryn Ballintoy harbour, Northern ireland – The iron islands Dubrovnik, Croatia – Kings landing Dark Hedges, ireland – Kingsroad Doune castle, Scotland – Winterfell Cracked by nobody. And I thought this was a sitter! Click here for the hall of fame of scores!

Been there, Learnt that! Quiz #25


Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary
2nd June 2015 – Budapest, Hungary The most eastern end of the Budapest railway, shone bright In the early sun rays, like a morning-eyed kitten. Thanks to old friends and new benefactors, The wanderlust still rages. I am ever so smitten. I should have have been on a flight to Dubai today, as per my original plan and budget when I first landed in Europe 3 months ago. But then, I had a masterstroke to try crowdfunding. To see if any of my friends hated me enough to keep me travelling longer and delay seeing my ugly face for a little longer. So, I created […]

Project 365: Day 336 – By rail through Romania


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Submit your answer in the comments below. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: When it comes to travelling, what connects these famous peeps? Answer: All have airports named after them. Nikola Tesla: Belgrade Ian Fleming: Jamaica Indira Gandhi: New Delhi Alexander the great: Skopje Abraham Lincoln: Springfield, Illinois Mother Teresa: Tirana   Answered only by Ritwik Ghosh. Click here for the hall of fame!

Been there, Learnt that! Quiz #24



Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: The Marten has given its name to at least 2 important items. The Finnish company Nokia gets its name from the river Nokianvirta, a type of Marten locally known as ‘Nokia’. The other famous etymology is that of an international currency. The skin of the Marten was once highly-valued, and was used for collecting taxes in a particular country. In memory of this culture, the currency of the country is the local word for Marten. Which currency, which is at danger of being […]

Been there, Learnt that! Quiz #23


Lake bled in Slovenia
28th May 2015 – Bled, Slovenia Life is not spontaneity or coincidence, I’ve always been told. Its a matter of meticulous planning, and hard work. Maybe true, but not always, as I found out today. That fateful coincidence laughed at me again, and did his smirk. I am a huge fan of couchsurfing, and I have wrote about it multiple times before. But my faith in couchsurfing as a platform that connects humans, was restored once again today, because of 3 wonderful anecdotes with 3 beautiful people. One was a story of humanity, another of spontaneity and another of sheer coincidence. 1) Kashif Last night, me […]

Project 365: Day 331 – 3 stories of couchsurfing. And lake bled.


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Scroll down for the answers. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: What historic incident happened on 17th February 2008, when this monument was unveiled? Answer: The newborn monument was unveiled on the day when Kosovo declared its independence. Click here to check it out. Cracked only by Ritwik Ghosh, who now leads the hall of fame of scores! 

Been there, Learnt that! Quiz #22



confluence of 2 rivers
Scroll down for the answers. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: This is the confluence of 2 small rivers in a prominent capital city in Asia. The confluence has led to the naming of the capital city itself, which has a name that translates to ‘muddy confluence’. Which city? Answer: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). At the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. Cracked by nobody. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Click here: to check out the Batu caves of Kuala Lumpur.

Been there, Learnt that! Quiz #21


Indonesian city 2
Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: Sir Stamford Raffles had a position as a Lieutenant Governor in this city on the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. In honour of him and his position, a famous street in Singapore has been named after this Indonesian city. Which street? Answer: Bengkulu, or Bencoolen. Bencoolen street in Bugis, Singapore, is named after this. Cracked only by Nicholas Lim. Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Click here: to check out the Sultan Mosque of Bugis.

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #20


Newborn monument in Pristina, Kosovo.
13th May 2015 – Pristina, Kosovo In a newborn country, I find myself today. So new, that youth oozes from its every pore. And a monument to herald it, stands proud. Carrying with it a story. The stuff of lore. I left Belgrade today morning for a new destination. I was about to type country, but then I am unsure about representing it. (Note: Calling Kosovo a country is only to make documentation easier on my blog. I am not endorsing the right of Kosovo as an independent nation, and neither am I against it. I do not take any sides. I […]

Project 365: Day 316 – In a newborn country



Kelani river 4
Scroll down for the answers. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: The Kelani river, is the fourth largest river in its country. The only claim-to-fame of this river is a city that lies on its shores. The city was originally called ‘kolon  Thota’ (Port on the river kelani), but the Portuguese renamed it to what we now know it as. Which capital city? Answer: Colombo Cracked by Ritwik and Stephanie! Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Click here: To check out my episode in Colombo.

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #19


Philippines wartime flag
Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: Look carefully at the military flag of the Philippines, and tell me why is it unique? Answer: The wartime flag of the Philippines is their national flag, only inverted. This is unique among world flags. Cracked by nobody, this one! Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Click here : to check out my Philippines episodes.

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #18


Katie Hopkins 2
Scroll down for the answer to the Quiz. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: Which country – or more specifically, the name of the country – connects these 4 celebrities? (Hint: Jhonty Rhodes was the latest)   Answer: India. They all named their daughters as ‘India’. Cracked by Ritwik Ghosh. Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Click here : to check out my India travels on a motorbike!

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #17



Land diving
Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores. Qn: The land diving of Pentecost Island, is an ancient ritual in which young men jump from tall wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles as a test of their courage and passage into manhood. This is said to have inspired the modern sport of Bungee-jumping, but unlike in modern bungee-jumping, land-divers intentionally hit the ground, but the vines absorb sufficient force to make the impact non-lethal. Which country does Pentecost island belong to? Answer: Vanuatu Cracked only by Arpan Roy. Click here for […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #16


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Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Qn: The first major world fair was held in 1958 in this city. And in honour, the city built a giant model of a unit cell of an iron crystal, which they named ‘Atomium’. Which city?   Answer: Brussels. Cracked only by Stephanie. Click here for the hall of fame! Click here: To check out my visit to the Atomium.

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #15


Picture Z 2
Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Qn: X is the Hotel Crown plaza in Prague, Czech Republic. Y is the Palace of culture and science in Warsaw, Poland. Z is the Latvian academy of Sciences in Riga, Latvia. There is a specific name given to architecture like this. What is such architecture called? Answer: Stalinist architecture, also called the Stalin Empire style, is used to describe the architecture of the soviet union under Joseph Stalin, between 1933 and 1955. Remnants of this architectural style are still found all […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #14



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Scroll down for the answers. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Qn: The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchants and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. It stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland, flourishing during the late middle ages. The below pictures shows the map of their reach. The legacy of the league is now remembered in several names of European companies, but most importantly, in the name of an European airline carrier. Which airline? Answer: Lufthansa. The naming of the airline has two theories. The more famous of […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #13


Picture B
Scroll down for the answers. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the hall of fame of scores! Qn: This capital city was originally called just ‘town’, although in the local language. In 1967, the King (Picture A) abdicated his throne to his son, and took the title of ____ _____. The son (Picture B), who is also the current king, renamed the city and added his father’s title at the end of it, to give the city it’s current name. Identify the capital city, which has 3 words in its name. Answer: Bandar Seri Begawan. (Brunei) The original name for […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #12


Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes. Click here for the Hall of fame of scores. Qn: Where on earth is this fully-functional underwater post office?     Answer: Off hideaway island, near Port Vila. The country is Vanuatu. Cracked by nobody, this one! Click here for the hall of fame of scores!

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #11



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Scroll down for the answers!. Click here for previous quizzes. Qn: Easy one for today. Look carefully and tell me which city. Answer: A notable feature is a one-fourth scale replica of the statue of liberty, 22 metres high and facing west in the direction of its larger sibling in New York. This monument, which was inaugurated on 4 July 1889 (nearly three years after its counterpart), was given to the city of Paris by the American community of Paris, commemorating the the French Revolution. Cracked by Shu Cil O-Jha, Mustafa Sabuwala and Anand Khisti! Click here for the hall of fame! Click here : […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #10


24th April 2015 – Riga, Latvia I’ve been given a spot to sleep in,  Even if the owner has gone far away. Sometimes, all the world needs is a little trust. Because trust has us all in its sway.   Couchsurfing in Riga turned out to be interesting. I’ve couchsurfed in over 24 countries so far, and collected many friends in different countries thanks to this platform. So much that an Indian newspaper recently ran an article about couchsurfing which carried my photo on it! (Bragging rights!) But nothing prepared me for the eye-opening experience I had today. Yeah, couchsurfing is all […]

Project 365: Day 297 – Couchsurfing. Without a host


riga, latvia, travel, photography
22nd April 2015 – Riga, Latvia If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch. Then you have entered the realm of wanderlust Where differences don’t exist. Or nothing such.   I took the Ecolines bus in the morning today, and left from Vilnius to Riga. At just 6 Euros, I had free wifi, free coffee, and the side seat all to myself! Was in Riga by noon, and had to kill some time till 6 pm, before my host was available to pick me up. So, I decided to do […]

Project 365: Day 295 – I take all kinds of people



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Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes.   Qn: Which city? And what is the significance?     Answer: ‘The shoes on the Danube bank’ is a memorial in Budapest, Hungary. The sculpture honors the Jews who were killed by the Arrow cross militiamen in Budapest during Second world war. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.   Cracked by Pushpendra kumar and Helen! Click here for the hall of fame! […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #9


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Scroll down for the answers. Click here for previous quizzes. Qn: This is the basketball team of which country during the 1992 olympics, and why are they dressed like this? Answer: After becoming independent in 1990, the Lithuanian basketball team was hastily formed for the 1992 Summer olympics and they were frantically in search of a sponsor. The American rock band Grateful dead picked up on this story, and they decided to help by donating $5000 and providing the team jersey. And that explains those colourful jerseys. Cracked only by Anand Khisti. Click here for the hall of fame! Click here: […]

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #8


travel quiz
Scroll down for the answer. Click here for previous quizzes.   Qn: Which bridge is this, and what happened recently to the one section of the bridge that is highlighted?   Answer: The pont des arts footbridge in Paris, is weighed down by the ‘love-locks’ on it, that a section of the bridge collapsed recently.   Cracked by Akshay Wagh and Mangesh Chaudhary. Click here for the hall of fame! Click here: For my visit to this amazing bridge!

Been there, learnt that! Quiz #7