If you've been wondering about our Portable Lifestyle Quiz, the mystery is finally solved. Below you will find the answers to our Travel Quiz.
Many of the questions related to our own travel experience so we've included photos and anecdotes of our own in the answers.
Hats off to those of you who got all or most right. We actually threw in a trick question as well as some complex ones.
We hope you will get to see ALL of these sights plus others you have wanted to see. That's what the Portable Lifestyle is all about. DREAM BIG, because your dreams are sure to come true as you connect with your inner jetsetter.
Jon & Kathryn
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Three of Our Readers Answered the 15 questions below and won copies of
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Question 1: What do South Africans call traffic lights (a word that is painted even at intersections)?
A: Traffic lights are called ROBOTS in South Africa. Most Westerners are clueless, and we got hopelessly lost in Cape Town, following someone's directions, because we thought we were looking for a rowboat and couldn't see one anywhere. Everyone had a good laugh when we finally arrived and discovered the terminology.
Question 2: What country would you be in if you were greeted by "Bula!"?
A: The country in which you are greeted with the term "Bula!" is FIJI. It generally means "hello", but can also used for "welcome", "goodbye", "cheers", and "thank you". People are so friendly here that you may hear the warm greeting "Bula!" a thousand times a day!
Question 3: How many U.S. islands are in the Caribbean? BONUS: Name each one.
A: The number of official U.S. islands in the Caribbean is 4: PUERTO RICO and the 3 main U.S. Virgin Islands of ST. CROIX, ST. THOMAS, and ST. JOHN. There are many other small islands, reefs, and cays under U.S. jurisdiction (such as Navassa Island near Haiti, Vieques and Culebra off of Puerto Rico, and Water Island off of St. Thomas), but they are all quite small and are either uninhabited, are subdistricts of the larger islands listed above, or are in dispute for conflicting claims of ownership. Kathryn lived on St. Thomas for 2 years. These islands use U.S. money and you don't need a passport to visit them if you're a U.S. citizen.
Question 4: What is the major landmark (two identical ones) in Kuala Lumpur?
A: The major landmark in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is actually two, THE PETRONAS TOWERS which were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 if measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural top. They are still the tallest twin buildings in the world and are connected by a skybridge approximately halfway up. The glass and steel walls on the outside give the buildings an amazing sheen as well as an awesome glow at night. We have adored our view of these shiny structures from our hotel room when we stay in K.L. and at their base is one of the largest playgrounds we've ever seen (for all you parents out there)!
Question 5: Name both the Southernmost point in the U.S.A. and the Southernmost point in the Continental U.S.A.
A: The official southernmost point in the U.S.A. is KA LAE, HAWAII. However, Rose Atoll in American Samoa could be considered the southernmost point in an unincorporated unorganized U.S. territory. The southernmost point in the Continental U.S. is the land on the Truman Annex property (just west of the marked buoy at the corner of South and Whitehead Streets) in KEY WEST, FLORIDA. We visited both spots in the past year in our ongoing World Tour, and ate a sandwich at the U.S.'s southern-most bakery on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Question 6: Where are you most likely to find a cenote? BONUS: What is it?
A: A cenote (seh-NOH-tay) can be found in THE YUKATÁN PENINSULA of Mexico. It appears as a circular pond or lake but is actually a pool of water created when the roof of an underground river cavern collapses. We adored diving these mysterious and ultra-clear waters during this past Thanksgiving.
Question 7: What is the most popular nickname for Australia and why?
A: The most popular nickname for Australia is THE LAND DOWN UNDER because the country and continent lies completely below the equator. Oz comes in as a distant second. Australians, like South Africans and South Americans, have opposite seasons to us here in the north, so the concept of a white Christmas is all wrong in their experience. We spent the holidays swimming and diving in Australia and could get used to summer in December! On another note, the people and families we met while there are some of the most friendly and happy English-speakers we have ever met!
Question 8: Describe the difference between a cidomo and a tuk-tuk. BONUS: Where would you find each one?
A: A cidomo (chih-DOH-moh) is a two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage used for transport on some the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. The name is a contraction from three words: CI, for cikar, a traditional handcart; DO, for dokar, a pony cart; MO, for mobil or sometimes montor, the automobile. The unique thing with the cidomo is that the cart uses automobile wheels instead of the regular wooden spoked wheels. A tuk-tuk (TOOK-TOOK) is a motorized vehicle used for transportation in Thailand. Traditionally 3-wheeled, you can now find hundreds of modern tuk-tuks in heavily touristy areas such as Patong on the island of Phuket. These are essentially converted mini pickup trucks with semi-enclosed seated rear ends acting as overpriced (but cute) taxis. Even though we had a rental car, we hired a customized "party" tuk-tuk to drive us around the nightlife-rich Patong beach, just for the experience. We were quite groovy with our disco ball and blaring music -- shade of Burning Man. And we had a massive tire blowout on our 'round-the-island tour of Gili Trawangan in a cidomo, all part of a fun experience (we just climbed out and shopped as we completed our circle of the island).
Question 9: Name at least three French-speaking countries in Europe.
A: There are many French-speaking countries in Europe with FRANCE & MONACO being the only ones with French as the official language. It is also widely spoken in BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG, & ANDORRA as well as Western Switzerland and Western Italy. Our family spent a month in Belgium and France on a home exchange. We brought all the kids and our mom's to a 6-story townhouse in Brussels. Kathryn loved boning up on her French and we got mighty fond of waffles and Belgian chocolate.
Question 10: What date did both Hong Kong and the Panama Canal transition to their current nationalities? BONUS: Which country did each belong to both before and after the transition?
A: Hong Kong transitioned to Chinese rule on JULY 1, 1997. Prior to that it had been governed by THE UNITED KINGDOM ever since the British colonized it in the mid-ninteenth century. The Panama Canal transitioned to Panamanian rule on DECEMBER 31, 1999. Prior to that it had been governed by THE UNITED STATES since the signing of the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty in 1903. One of our next stops on our tour is Panama, and we're excited to visit this historically rich canal. Jon-Jon, 6, is bugging us to go to Hong Kong so he can check out the Disneyland there :-) and we will include it in our Portable Lifestyle, once we've exhausted tropical locales.
Question 11: Which major world power is the only holdout in Europe in converting to the Euro?
A: THE UNITED KINGDOM is the one country within the European Union that has refused to convert their currency to the Euro. They continue to use Pound Sterling "£" to this day. Some say it's because the British are so slow to change and overly-steeped in tradition. But meanwhile, the pound has been stronger than the Euro for the latter's entire existence. When we were last in the UK, it took $2.00 US to buy £1.00 and only a buck fifty to get a Euro "€".
Question 12: What city is considered the cultural center of Bali? BONUS: And which city is considered the tourist center of this island?
A: The cultural center of Bali, Indonesia is the city of UBUD located in the south center of the island. The tourist center of Bali is the city of KUTA just south of the major city Denpassar (home of the airport). We stayed in both and did an Eat, Pray, Love tour of Ubud, experiencing the healer and veggie restaurant mentioned in this bestseller. Kuta Beach is where the bombs hit twice earlier this millennium, but it has good shopping and is very security-conscious so we felt safe.
Question 13: What is a "ladyboy" and where might you find one?
A: A ladyboy is a TRANSGENDERED MALE typically found in THAILAND. They are widely accepted subculture. --An alternate definition (yet unintended for this quiz) is that of a cocktail: a combination of drinks invented by TV personality, Alan Partridge. The set of bar drinks are a pint of lager with chasers of a small Baileys and a gin and tonic--. We made a game of identifying ladyboys while living it up in Thailand, but it wasn't very easy to tell. You had to get them to talk to have a clue. And then, they were not shy to share!
Question 14: How many countries are there in Antarctica?
A: This was a trick question! There are officially NO COUNTRIES located in Antarctica which is the frozen continent surrounding the South Pole. There have been, however, many territorial claims made by a number of sovereign states, but none of them unilaterally recognized.
Question 15: What is the name of the currency used in Mauritius?
A: The currency used in the country of Mauritius is the MAURITIAN RUPEE "Rp". This small sovereign state, once owned by France (hence its language), is close to the bigger island of Madagascar and is 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa. It is completely surrounded by the clearest and most turquoise water we've seen yet in our tropical tour of the Globe.
Jon Tompkins & Kathryn Alice are married with four children. They have been traveling internationally for over a year, spending more than a month in each of 10 tropical countries. They run successful internet businesses as well as a consulting business. It took them just a few months to get ready to go, and they have already shepherded others into this lifestyle. Accomplished speakers and writers, they have co-created bestselling products together and their work has been featured in Psychology Today, Parade, The New York Times, Body+Soul, Newsweek and on Montel Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, KXLU & KPFK radio, and NBC television.
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