This year we are following the travels and experiences of the Amazing Race Season 21 using the Travel Goal Getter iPad App which allows you to mark your own map of the world with states visited, countries visited, and continents visited and keep track of bucket-list travel experiences. One of our favorite travel related shows on television, Amazing Race Season 21, Episode 7 left me wondering, how many years has it been since I used a card catalog? Read on for the full story.
The Amazing Racers added an additional country, Russia to their visited countries list. They flew from Istanbul, Turkey to Moscow, Russia. Six teams remain on this "to be continued episode" in which two teams had travel difficulties (flight delayed and missed their connecting flight in Poland) and they fell behind 10 hours.
First, the teams did some navigating via taxi making their way to the Zurab Tsereteli Sculpture Park to get a clue. Zurab Tsereteli is a Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor and architect who holds the office of President of the Russian Academy of Arts. Next, they made their way to the Moskvoretsky bridge to get another clue from "Ivan the Terrible" guard in period costume. The teams then had to choose between the detours, Synchronize or Alphabetize.
► In Synchronize, teams had to learn a choreographed routine from the gold medal winning Russian Synchronized Swimming Team. Not a surprise but the Chippendale dancer team, James and Jaymes finished quickly while the sister team Natalie & Nadia finished after several attempts. James and Abba took much longer but finished after 10 attempts. The two teams that were 10 hours behind, goat farmers Josh and Brent and dating divorees, Abbie and Ryan decided to complete the tasks together and because the library closed at 4pm, had no option but to swim.
► In Alphabetize, teams had to find four library books at the enormous Russian State Library. The library is the third largest in the world with over 17 million books! This task was difficult because the books they were trying to find were in Russian and because they had to find them the old fashion way, using a card catalog! This task proved difficult for rocker/brother team James and Abba. They gave up and went to the swimming task. However, Trey & Lexi "mastered" the Russian language and completed the task quickly.
► Finally, teams had to go to the Luzhkov bridge where they had to find the correct keys that unlocked a ribbon holding their next clue. The clue was on the back of a ruble, a picture of the Bolshoi Theater, the pit stop for this leg of the race. During this task, James and Abba realized they left their bags in the taxi along with passports. There was nothing they could do as the taxi was nowhere in sight so they decided to finish the task and go to the pit stop.
Lexi and Trey finished first, winning a trip to Maui. Second to arrive were Jaymes and James, a result of finishing the swimming task quickly. Also finishing the swimming task quickly were Natalie and Nadia who finished third. Although they would have finished fourth, James and Abba did not have their passports and they could not be checked in. The show ended with Josh and Brent struggling to finish the swimming task, Abbie and Ryan watching them struggle with the swimming task (having completed it and agreeing to wait for them to finish), and James and Abba wondering what in the world they would do in a city of millions to find their taxi holding their bags hostage.
I found this episode entertaining and the tasks more challenging to complete. Also, the decision for two of the teams to complete tasks together was compelling. I wonder what would happen if the two teams step on the pit-stop check-in mat at the exact same time? Would they both be last and eliminated together? I'll keep watching.
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