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
Belgium – Hats and Cops
China – Coca Cola
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!
Finish Line – Postcards
Michael’s Scavenger Hunt bounty was nicely capped off at the finish line with 3 postcards.
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
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!
Ukraine – Back on Track
After a bit of a dry spell, Nora turned on the heat again in Ukraine:
China – Hat Trick
This one’s a trick – Nora managed a photo shoot in a train conductor’s hat.
Vietnam – Brides again
And Michael’s luck with brides wasn’t isolated.
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
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.
Spain – Postcard
Jeannie loved southern Spain, so it stands to reason she scored a postcard there:
Italy – Hats and Wine
Jeannie gets bonus points for producing her Milano “pimp hat” at the finish line!
Ukraine – Dolls
Nora wasn’t the only one with babushka dolls on the brain in Ukraine…
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.
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!