Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report — Kuwait & Mauritius

It's two, two, two culture reports in one.

Culture Report — Mongolia

M. Darcy checks in with some information about Mongolia.

Culture Report — Seattle

The ever dependable M. Darcy is back with her Culture Reports for the new season. First up? Seattle.

Culture Report – Japan

Before heading out to TARcon, M. Darcy checks in with info about books and authors from Japan.

Culture Report — Australia

M. Darcy tells us about some books and movies that feature the Land Down Under.

Culture Report — Oman

M. Darcy sends in some information about books that feature Oman.

Culture Report — Rome and Greece

It's two, two, two culture reports in one.

Sicily

M. Darcy checks in with some information about the books and movies that feature Sicily.

Location Report – Moscow, Russia

Caviar, snow, vodka, the Kremlin and big fur hats – most people have a mental image of Moscow as a frozen, enigmatic city. Of course, the real Moscow is all that and much more.

Culture Report — Germany

Achtung! It's time to check out the culture of Germany.

Russia

It's time to take a look at the culture of Russia and Moscow.

Brazil

M. Darcy sends in her report on the culture of Brazil.

Location Report – Brazil

I have no first-hand knowledge of Brazil, but my in-laws did meet there in the Peace Corps, so I've seen numerous faded, slightly blurry slides of the Brazilian countryside

Denver

M. Darcy checks in with some information about TV shows, books and movies that feature Denver.

Costa Rica

M. Darcy checks in with some information about books and movies that feature Costa Rica.

Panama

M. Darcy checks in with some information about books and movies that feature Panama.

New Orleans

M. Darcy checks in with a piece about books and movies that feature New Orleans.

Location Report – Jamaica

Culturally, Jamaica is closer to Africa than to its geographic neighbors in the Caribbean or to the British, who historically governed the island.

Culture Report – England

M. Darcy checks in with books, movies and TV shows that are related to England.

Location Report – London, England

Double-decker red buses, the Thames River, the British Museum, Harrods, the tube, the royals, fish and chips, Westminster Abbey, street markets, the Tower, pubs, crazy pigeons, Speaker’s Corner…London has something for everyone.

Location Report – Istanbul, Turkey

Is Turkey in Asia or Europe? The answer turns out to be “yes.”

Culture Report – Turkey

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Turkey.

Location Report – India

Gandhi, Bollywood, curry or sacred cows—most people have some concept of India. However, the country is so large and complex that these impressions merely scratch the surface of what India really is.

Culture Report – India

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to India.

Location Report – Botswana

Botswana is land-locked nation, roughly the size of Texas, in south-central Africa. Four decades of democratic government and progressive social policies have created one of the most stable societies in Africa.

Location Report – South Africa

This week we jump from the southern tip of one continent to the southern tip of another.

Culture Report – Botswana and South Africa

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Botswana and South Africa.

Location Report – Argentina

Mama Tiger gives us the low-down on Argentina.

Culture Report – Argentina

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Argentina.

Location Report – Chile

“Crazy geography” hardly begins to describe the country whose shape could be described as a dangling, overcooked string bean.

Culture Report — Chile

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Chile.

Location Report – Peru

Okay, I admit it, if you ask me about Peru, the first thing that comes to mind is Paddington Bear’s Aunt Lucy, who lives in a home for retired bears in Lima, Peru.

Culture Report — Peru

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Peru.

Location Report – Xi’an, China

The thriving city of Xi’an is located in the southern part of GuanZhong Plain in Shaanxi province, with the Qinling Mountains to the north and the Weihe River to the south.

Culture Report – Hawaii

M. Darcy checks in with books, TV shows and movies that are related to Hawaii.

Location Report – Shanghai, China

A thriving coastal city of 13.4 million, Shanghai is a study in contrasts.

Culture Report – China

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to China.

Location Report – Sri Lanka

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka to be the finest island in the world when he visited there in 1292.

Culture Report – Sri Lanka

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Sri Lanka.

Location Report – Ethiopia

People who have been to Ethiopia will tell you there is far more to the country than famine and misery.

Culture Report – Ethiopia and Nice, France

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Ethiopia and Nice, France.

Location Report – Corsica

Balzac described Corsica as “a French island basking in the Italian sun,” which is appropriate, given the number of times Italy and France have traded control of Corsica over the centuries.

Culture Report – Corsica

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Corsica.

Location Report – Budapest, Hungary

The city is divided into two parts, the hilly side of Buda on the western bank and the flat plain of Pest on the eastern bank of the river Danube.

Berlin, Germany

With large parts of the city destroyed during WWII, Berlin has rebuilt itself into a thoroughly modern city of 3.4 million people.

Culture Report – Hungary

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Hungary.

Culture Report – Berlin

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Berlin.

Location Report – Dakar, Senegal

Time for a change of scenery - let's go south.

Culture Report – Senegal

M. Darcy checks in with books and movies that are related to Senegal.

Culture Report – Sweden

If it's Sweden, it must be Abba.

Location Report – Stockholm, Sweden

All of the travel guides I have about Sweden say the same thing about Stockholm: “Stockholm is without a shadow of a doubt one of the loveliest cities in Europe.”

Location Report – Oslo, Norway

Although it is a modern, industrialized nation, Norway has lots of open green (or white!) spaces.

Culture Report – Norway

The history of the arts includes many Norwegians.

Location Report – Reykjavik, Iceland

Inspired by the steam coming from hot springs in the area, the first settlers named the area “reykjavik,” which means “smoky bay.”

Culture Report – Episode One

M. Darcy returns for another season of books and movies and tv shows – oh my!

Culture Report – Calgary to Dallas

There's culture in Dallas? Who knew?

Culture Report – Philippines

M. Darcy fills us in on some of the movies and books that feature Philippines.

Culture Report – New Zealand

M. Darcy fills us in on some of the movies and books that feature New Zealand.

Culture Report – Kenya and Dubai

M. Darcy fills us in on some of the movies and books that feature Kenya and Dubai.

Culture Report – Tanzania

M. Darcy fills us in on some of the movies and books that feature Tanzania.

Culture Report – More Russia and Egypt

Time for another climate and culture change! After spending a wee bit more time in Russia, our racers head off to Egypt.

Culture Report – Russia

Much like our racers are now oozing with caviar, Russia oozes culture.

Argentina

Mama Tiger gives us the low-down on Argentina.

Culture Report – California to Argentina

Don't cry for us, Argentina!

Uruguay

Here's a brief overview of this lovely place, once known as "the Switzerland of South America" because of its governmental stability, stable economy, and social peace.

Culture Report – California to Uruguay

The Daily Double Diva has filed her culture report for episode one.

Culture Report – New York City

And...we come full circle. (For the only time in TAR history, we might add.)

Culture Report – Alaska

Time to head back to the mainland.

Culture Report – Beijing, China

But did they have time for Dim Sum?

Culture Report – Thailand

It's finally time to leave India. Let's go to Thailand, shall we?

Culture Report – India

The culture shock contiues. This time, the teams get to see some of the nicer sides of India...and some less desirable bits too.

Culture Report – Delhi, India

India found the TAR1 racers suffering from a huge case of culture shock. Maybe if they had read some of the books suggested in M. Darcy's culture report, they would have been more prepared.

Culture Report – Rome

"All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"

Culture Report – Tunisia and the Sahara Desert

What? You didn't know that planet in Star Wars was named after a real city?

Culture Report – Tunisia

It's all about Tunisia, baby!

Culture Report – France

We go all the way from Paris, France to Southern France. So, this is a focused culture report.

Culture Report – Africa to Paris

From Africa to Paris - we have a lot of ground to cover this week.

Culture Report –New York to South Africa

As the Amazing Race travels around the world, M. Darcy plans on enlightening us about local culture via the books and movies that are associated with a location.

Location Report - Malaysia (Pt 2) and Seoul, Korea

We start off in Sandakan, Malaysia, move on to the Orangutan Sanctuary and end up in Seoul, Korea.

Location Report - Malaysia

You mean there's really a place called Kota Kinabalu? That's so much fun to say!

Location Report - Mumbai

Did you think it was called Bombay? That's so yesterday.

Location Report - France

The Provence region of France covers a diverse area including St. Tropez, the Alpes mountains, Avignon, Saint Rιmy and Marseille.

Location Report - Vienna

Vienna is famous for many things from Freud to waltzes. Three highlights of Vienna are music, horses and food.

Location Report – California to Italy

Get your answers to future trivia questions via the TARflies Location Report. You never know when ABC will be desperate enough to bring back "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."