Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Far Away Places with Strange Sounding Names

I'm not sure if anyone reads my boring-little-blog anymore, I have been away for so long, but just for fun I have decided to hold a contest, with the prize being a box of Purdy's chocolate hedgehogs.  They deliver anywhere in the world, so there are no restrictions.  The rules of the contest are this: correctly identify each of the four cities I have posted here.  For some folks, it should be very easy, for others ... not so much.  The relevance of this post is that each of these cities has a fairly high profile, and each of them is newsworthy in its own way.

The first person to correctly identify all four cities will receive the prize.  There are no clues, and no hints.  The prize is waiting to be awarded to the first person who guesses correctly.  Have fun, and good luck.

City No. 1


City No. 2


City No. 3


City No 4.

Far away places with strange sounding names
Far away over the sea
Those far away places with the strange sounding names are
Calling
Calling me
Goin' to China or maybe Siam
I wanna see for myself
Those far away places I've been reading about in a
Book that I took from a shelf
I start getting' restless whenever I hear the whistle of a train
I pray for the day I can get underway
And look for those castles in Spain
They call me a dreamer
Well maybe I am
But I know that I'm burning to see those
Far away places with the strange sounding names
Calling, calling me Me ~~ Willie Nelson

 

Winners:  In just a few short hours, we have two winners:  Leslie and Hilary.  Congratulations!

City No. 1 is Baghdad, Iraq.  City No. 2 is Damascus, Syria.  City No. 3 is Tehran, Iran.  City No. 4 is Nairobi, Kenya.  The reason is posted this is because all four cities have been in the news lately, and I have actually been hearing people say things like, "Does the Middle East have running water and electricity?" or "Where do people tie up their camels?"  Regarding Nairobi, I have heard people say, "Do they have malls made out of grass huts?"  These people were serious.  Tehran is twice the size of the city of New York, and all the other cities are larger than most North American cities.  How will we ever have peace and tolerance in this world, while we still have so much rampant ignorance?  These far away places with strange sounding names are actually sophisticated cities.

19 comments:

Leslie: said...

Gee thanks for giving me something to do to while away the time as I'm waiting for His Majesty to serve me dinner - which smells delicious, by the way. So it's taken me almost an hour researching, but here are my answers:

City #1 - Baghdad, Iraq
City #2 - Aleppo, Syria
City #3 - Tehran, Iran
City #4 - Nairobi, Kenya

I hope I'm right cuz I could sure use a box of chocolates right about now!

Alicia said...

I read your blog and check all the time to see if you've posted anything new. You are one of my favorites!

Oh honey...as much as I would love a box of chocolates I don't know any of them...lol. But cute idea!

Hilary said...

Darn you. I have stuff to do but I love these kinds of challenges and just can't resist.

I think Leslie is spot on with three of them but I think number 2 is probably Damascus.

If not, it was fun playing. If so, I think Leslie should get the chocolate. ;)

Leslie: said...

Actually, I think Hilary might be right that it's Damascus, although the photo was found under Aleppo but maybe that's because of the sign that indicated its center. ???

Jo said...

Leslie and Hilary have both won the chocolates, fair and square, and I am happy to award them both. Leslie, I know how to get you yours, Hilary, please send me a note to josie_n@shaw.ca with a note where to send them. You both have earned them. Cheers! Josie

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the walking man said...

I guess I wouldn't have one with not Detroit, not Detroit, not Detroit,Not Detroit. They are all to clean and built up to be Detroit.

mrsnesbitt said...

I need to get out more Jo - we have only ventured to France!

Bruce Coltin said...

I still read it. And I still enjoy it. I just don't always comment.

Leslie: said...

Gee thanks Jo! Looking forward to the chocolates - that is if my lovely zit will clear up! Hah!
And Hilary is in for a real treat!

Hilary said...

Jo, that's very generous of you. Unfortunately, my hips are also rather generous these days and I really probably shouldn't add (more) chocolate to them. I very much appreciate it but I think Leslie won fair and square. Thank you for the kind offer though. :)

NovaBlog said...

The volume of ignorance and stupidity, especially in North America, that I encounter out there frightens me. More and more often I find myself saying (to myself) "can anyone really be that ignorant?" or (worse) "that stupid"? Perhaps I am just becoming more intolerant of it. I hope so because, as I say, the ever increasing level of it is frightening.

fiftyodd said...

Nope - they all look the same to me. Fun idea though.

Shellie said...

I just stumbled on your blog but love the idea purpose behind this challenge. We all need to keep expanding our horizons.

Donna B. said...

I just stopped in to let you know I am still visiting your blog as I have for the past seven years. I may not comment, and I have to admit, I have had a very busy year with all kinds of family stuff, and have not really written that much…only sporadically and not really taking the time to visit…or comment…but to vent. But I am still here. I still enjoy your blog very much and think some newspaper should hire you to write articles. (((((((((HUGS))))))))))) to you!

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