Ultimate Train Challenge Scavenger Hunt: Time for You to Pick the Winner!


The much-anticipated time has arrived: after 30 days by train from Lisbon to Saigon, we three have amassed quite a list of Scavenger Hunt items. We’re going to summarize them all here, and let YOU decide who should win!

 

As a refresher, here were the items up for “grabs”:

  • photo of Russian train attendant giving you a hug or kiss
  • photo of you with someone in a military or police uniform
  • ticket to a museum
  • karoyke video
  • video of you doing shots of alcohol with Russians on a train
  • video of you dancing a local/native dance with a local
  • menu printed in foreign language — multiples count in other languages/countries
  • hospital gown
  • business card from some government official — bonus for accompanying picture
  • picture of you in train engine car
  • bottle of French, German or Italian wine, bought in one of those countries
  • photos of you in funny hats, different locations, bonus for actual hat at finish line
  • pictures of cans of Coca-Cola in multiple languages
  • picture with a bride
  • picture of you riding an animal
  • Russian nesting dolls — babushka dolls
  • postcard (points for every country you get)
  • photos with locals eating meals in their home
There are a few items none of us managed to get on this list, including – lucky for all of us – the hospital gown.
And some of these items are much harder to get than others. Is it worth bonus points and extra leverage? Well, that’s up to you, dear readers. You decide!
Here is a breakdown of what each Ultimate Train Challenge participant achieved:

Michael

Belgium – Hats and Cops

Michael went on a scavenger hunt spree at a soccer game in Belgium. You can read about his antics on his site here, but here is a summary of what he got:
photo with someone in military or police uniform

photo with someone in military or police uniform

 

photos of you in funny hats, different locations, bonus for actual hat at finish line

photos of you in funny hats, different locations, bonus for actual hat at finish line

 

hat #2

hat #2

 

hat #3

hat #3

 

hat #4

hat #4

 

hat #5

hat #5

 

hat #6 - arguably the best

hat #6 - arguably the best

 

hat #7

hat #7

 

hat #8

hat #8

 

 

 China – Coca Cola

pictures of cans of Coca-Cola in multiple languages
pictures of cans of Coca-Cola in multiple languages

Vietnam – Bridefest

Michael doesn’t do anything in small measures. Similar to his hat extravaganza, he went bonkers with brides during our 12 hours in Hanoi!

 

Line 'em Up! Bride #1

Line 'em Up! Bride #1

 

Bride #2

Bride #2

 

Bride #3

Bride #3

 

Bride #4

Bride #4

 

Bride #5

Bride #5

 

 

Finish Line – Postcards

Michael’s Scavenger Hunt bounty was nicely capped off at the finish line with 3 postcards.

3 postcards

3 postcards

 

 

 

Nora

Nora’s Scavenger Hunt Tally isn’t nearly as numerous in count, but maybe(?) you’ll give her some extra weight for getting some pretty difficult catches.

Spain – Brides and Dinners

Nora started out hot, nabbing two tricky items within the first few days.

Bride in Granada

Bride in Granada

 

photos with locals eating meals in their home

photos with locals eating meals in their home

 

 

Somewhere in France – Engine Car Victory

Then she did something we all thought impossible but worthy of the list as a token item. Who knew she’d actually do it?! She weaselled her way into the Engine Car of a train!

picture of you in train engine car

picture of you in train engine car

 

extra proof; the train engineer was happy to do a photo expose

extra proof; the train engineer was happy to do a photo expose

 

Ukraine – Back on Track

After a bit of a dry spell, Nora turned on the heat again in Ukraine:

Russian nesting dolls — babushka dolls

Russian nesting dolls — babushka dolls

 

it's not a can, and the "Coca-Cola" part is in English....passable?

it's not a can, and the "Coca-Cola" part is in English....passable?

 

Another dinner in a local's home - sweet! (literally)

Another dinner in a local's home - sweet! (literally)

 

China – Hat Trick

This one’s a trick – Nora managed a photo shoot in a train conductor’s hat.

photos of you in funny hats, different locations

photos of you in funny hats, different locations

 

Vietnam – Brides again

And Michael’s luck with brides wasn’t isolated.

wild and windblown - with a bride

wild and windblown - with a bride

 

Nora & Jeannie

Before we move on to Jeannie’s findings, please take into consideration some Scavenger Hunt victories that Nora and Jeannie got together. One of them was a fluke, but something they’re particularly proud of:

China – Coke

pictures of cans of Coca-Cola in multiple languages

pictures of cans of Coca-Cola in multiple languages

 

Russia – Train Conductor Romance

While shooting Nora’s daily diary experience on the Trans-Manchurian train, the Russian train conductor took a fancy to Jeannie and Nora, and on hearing they were Canadian, he couldn’t resist kissing both of them. Watch this video for proof – which you’ll see about 1 minute and 10 seconds into it!

Click here to watch the video on Youtube if you can’t view it here.

 

Jeannie

Spain – Postcard

Jeannie loved southern Spain, so it stands to reason she scored a postcard there:

postcard from Sevilla

postcard from Sevilla

 

Italy – Hats and Wine

Jeannie gets bonus points for producing her Milano “pimp hat” at the finish line!

photos of you in funny hats, different locations, bonus for actual hat at finish line

photos of you in funny hats, different locations, bonus for actual hat at finish line

 

bottle of French, German or Italian wine, bought in one of those countries

bottle of French, German or Italian wine, bought in one of those countries

 

 

Ukraine – Dolls

Nora wasn’t the only one with babushka dolls on the brain in Ukraine…

Russian nesting dolls — babushka dolls

Russian nesting dolls — babushka dolls

 

 

Hungary – Karaoke Stardom

We were unable to determine the amount of alcohol required for this Scavenger Hunt coup – maybe it was the entire bottle of Italian wine (which, mysteriously, didn’t make it to the finish line…hmm….). Either way, Jeannie gets some serious bonus points for this seriously funny rendition of “Like a Virgin”!

Click here to watch on Youtube if you can’t see it here.

 

Vietnam – Bride

We told you it was a bride-fest in Vietnam! We each scored (at least) one picture with a bride during our day of wandering around Hanoi.

picture with a bride

picture with a bride

 

 

Points for Consideration

Item for item, Michael collected the most Scavenger Hunt loot. BUT: his funny hats were all collected in the same place, which is technically against the rules, which stipulated “different locations”. Should he be penalized?

And Jeannie and Nora did well to capture a russian train attendant giving them a kiss BUT: the rules stipulate a photo. They produced video. Should they be penalized?

Nora scored a photo of Coca-Cola in another language. BUT: It’s not a can, and the “Coca-Cola” part is still in English. Does it still count?

And Jeannie got a shot with an Italian wine. BUT: With no evidence of the wine in question at the finish line, did she just stage the photo in a shop? Does it still count?

 

Time for You To Vote!

It’s time for you to decide who the winner of the Ultimate Train Challenge Scavenger Hunt is!

Who do you think should win the Ultimate Train Challenge Scavenger Hunt?


 

 

 

 

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13 Responses to Ultimate Train Challenge Scavenger Hunt: Time for You to Pick the Winner!

  1. Phil October 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Hmm, tough call. Michael has the quantity and Nora seems to have the variety, but I have to go with Jeannie because of the karaoke. I love karaoke, but I’ve always done it with at least a few friends around. To do that shit solo.. takes some guts.
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  2. Baron's October 11, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    I think you’ve all done equally well in different ways and kept us (at least me) entertained throughout your adventure…well done folks and congratulations on this milestone
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  3. ayngelina October 11, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    I have to vote Canadian but I’m torn between Nora and Jeannie…

    I vote Jeannie because I could never sing.
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  4. Keith Louttit October 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Not only can Nora sing, but she can dance up a storm too! It’s not her fault she’s from Canadia…

  5. Abby October 12, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    I think it’s a toss-up between Michael’s bride #4 and Nora’s Vietnamese bride. One of them should clearly take all!
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  6. Raymond @ Man On The Lam October 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Voted! Now, which one of the Canucks will win? :)
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  7. Keith Louttit October 13, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    @Abby… are you saying that Nora got married to a woman in VietNam? If this is how Nora wants to live her life, well, i”m all for that… It’s strictly her decision and nobody should not vote for her because of her belief system…

    Personally, I’m against gay marriage, but I’m all for it when both chicks are hot, which is clearly the case for Nore and her new Bride…

    CONGRAULATIONS Nora, you are doing well… unfortunately, I’m in the stage of looking for my fourth soon to be ex-wife currently, but not having much luck… Maybe I should hit the VietNamese mail order bride catalogues, even though my tastes run more towards occidentals…

  8. Audrey October 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I may have been swayed by Jeannie’s karaoke rendition of Like A Virgin… haha :D
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  9. Deb October 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    How do I choose? I love all 3 of you. Having met each one of you, I think your all the best and want you all to win! Thanks for the points for consideration, that did help with the decision process. You all did so well and it looks like you had a great time! Good luck and may the best blogger win! ;-)

  10. Cassandra October 16, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Congrats to all of you on the completion of their train journey!

    Although I assumed that sneaking in a shot with a bride would be tricky, you all manage to make it look quite easy. I had no idea there would be so may weddings taking place!
    Cassandra recently posted..Ábrete Sésamo

  11. Nomadic Chick October 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Awww, aren’t you guys nice? This karaoke video will go down in infamy, but remember it was all in pursuit of the top prize!

  12. Angie Orth November 5, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    I can’t decide! But I LOVE these pictures. Looks like an amazing trip!
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