Racing Report Leg 7 (#8 will be done tomorrow two legs equal death)
It is the 5th of December as teams enjoy a nice 36 hour Pit Stop, it’s a Tuesday.
Teams leave the Pit Stop of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar (still love typing that). In the order they arrived.
1. Charla & Mirna – 4:20am
2. Oswald & Danny – 4:28am
3. Uchenna & Joyce – 7:55am
4. Dustin & Kandice – 8:00am
5. Eric & Danielle – 3:15pm
6. Joe & Bill – 7:01pm
Teams are provided $121.00 dollars for this leg of the race (Uchenna & Joyce).
Teams must fly nearly 5,000 miles to Warsaw Poland. After they land they will take taxi’s and make their way to Czapski Palace and find a courtyard where (some poor, poor bastard, who I hope got paid by the hour) dressed as Frederic Chopin will be playing the piano. Once they find the Palace and the musician teams will receive their next clue.
Charla & Mirna wait for Oswald and Danny to share a cab ride back to the hotel , they will in the morning make their travel arrangements as a group.
Kandice doesn’t realize that Chopin is a corpse currently.
Uchenna & Joyce walkthrough town and go to a South African Airways Office (that Joyce spotted yesterday) to make arrangements. They must wait briefly for the agent to arrive at 8:30am).
Charla & Mirna and Oswald & Danny make their way to the Holiday & Safari Travel Agency.
Dustin & Kandice go to the same travel agency and teams wait for it to open.
When it opens the agent answers the phone, we find out (as to all sets of teams) that Uchenna & Joyce are calling trying to make reservations over the phone will waiting for their agent to arrive. The teams convince the agents to not handle the call.
Now welcome to Travel Hell, episode # 2.
Big Thanks and shout out to Apskip, after using a the web, I agree with all his choices except one, but I wasn’t able to find the actual connection flight.
Dustin & Kandice are the first to successfully get tickets.
They will arrive in Warsaw on the 6th at 9:15am.
PW 340 departs ZNZ 1230 arrives in JRO 1500
ET 804 departs JRO 1730 arrives in ADD 2850
ET 706 departs ADD 2340 arrives in FRA 0515
LH 3300 departs FRA 0740 arrives in WAW 0915
Next to book tickets (and it takes at least 4 hours) is Uchenna & Joyce.
Who are also scheduled to arrive on the same flight into Warsaw though through a series of different connections at 9:15am on the 6th.
PW 731 departs ZNZ 1315 arrives in DAR 1355
SA 189 departs DAR 1530 arrives in JNB 1815
SA 260 JNB 1710 arrives in FRA 0555
LH 3300 FRA 740 arrives in WAW 0915
Eric & Danielle leave the Pit Stop and arrive at the same travel agency that Dustin, Kandice, Oswald, Danny, Charla, and Mirna went to. And we discover more geography that Danielle doesn't know. Yes Warsaw is in Poland. You know for Eric being a bum, he generally has his geography down.
We discover Charla & Mirna & Oswald & Danny are still there and have been for over 7 hours.
Eric wants to go to a different agency, they walk out, Danielle wants to stay they walk back in, but pushes them to still leave (Danielle, dear this isn’t how you make a point about a team member not listening to you. If he says fine and goes back in, then you stay there and don’t harp).
But they then head to United Travel Agency where they are unable to get better tickets then the ones provided.
Charla & Mirna and Oswald & Danny finally manage to book tickets that get them into Warsaw at 9:40am on the 6th.
KQ 493 departs ZNZ 1445 arrives in NBO 1630
KL 566 departs NBO 1025 arrives in AMS 0530
LO 270 departs AMS 0740 arrives in Warsaw 0940
This by the way is the only flight that does match up perfectly with the Amazing Map.
Joe & Bill leave the Pit Stop and must scramble to make the provided tickets departure with Eric & Danielle.
TC7009 departs ZNZ 1955 arrives in JRO 2045 (and is mentioned on screen, though the map doesn’t include the stop at JRO).
We don’t have the rest of the provided flight info as the teams miss the provided connection in Kilimanjaro.
They must now what for a flight that leaves the morning of the 6th.
Condor 2265 departs JRO 0615 arrives in FRA 1645
LO 380 departs FRA arrives in Warsaw 2240
Nearly 11 and ½ hours later then the provided flights and 13 hours after O&D and C& Mirna arrive and 13 hours 25 minutes after D & K. All through no fault of their own (twice now).
When Dustin & Kandice board from Frankfurt to Warsaw, they see Uchenna & Joyce who miss the connections. They must take a later flight, and it could very likely be the original flight provided by the Producers.
It is the morning of the 6th.
Dustin & Kandice arrive in Frederic Chopin Airport in Warsaw at 9:07am
Where they make their way to Art Academy at Czapski Palace.
It is a Detour.
DETOUR - Perfect Angle or Perfect Pitch
In this detour teams have to choose between tasks related to two of Warsaw’s most celebrated historical figures. The 19th Century composer Frederic Chopin and the first female scientist to win the Nobel Prize, Madame Marie Curie.
In Perfect Pitch: Teams make their way ¾ of a mile to Pilsudski Palace and choose a grande piano. Then they must use the provided tools (A turning lever and wedge mutes) to tune one key on the keyboard. Once they concert pianist has played a piece of Chopin’s music and determined that the piano is in tune he will hand them their next clue.
In Perfect Angle (no Joyce and Charla & Mirna not Angel): Teams make their way roughly ½ a mile to the Escada Boutique and pick up a male mannequin. They will then transport the mannequin 400 yards (
, ops spoiler) to the Panaramik Laboratory . Once there they will have to use an X-Ray machine to locate a clue somewhere inside the mannequin, which must be positioned in a very specific angle for the mannequin to capture the name of their next clue’s destination.
Dustin & Kandice choose Perfect Pitch.
Charla & Mirna and Oswald and Danny arrive at 9:22am and get cabs in the following order.
2. Charla & Mirna
3. Oswald & Danny
Danny & Oswald locate the route marker and choose Perfect Pitch.
Dustin & Kandice complete the detour before any other team arrives (Okay yes, Michael your ladies ROCKED this leg).
Teams must figure out the name on the clue Jan II Sobieski Lazienki, refers to a monument commemorating Jan III Sobieski Lazienki where they will find their next clue.
Which no ones does, all teams simply give the name to the taxi driver who knows where it is.
When they arrive we happen upon an edited out roadblock which appears to have one team member paddle a paddle boat in Lazienski Park’s near Palace on the Water.
W don’t have the team member info on who completed the roadblock task with the exception of Danny.
They are then directed to search the Palace grounds for the Pit Stop. Which by the way is never referred to on screen. No nothing. But it is on a Path near the Palace on the Water in Lazienski Park (Several poster worked on that G-Man, Puddin, Peach, Chateau, ect…).
Dustin & Kandice arrive at the Pit Stop.
1. Dustin & Kandice with an arrival time of 10:54am. They win a trip to Puerto Rico.
They completed today’s tasks in 1 hour and 41 minutes.
Uchenna & Joyce arrive in Warsaw at 11:02am on the 6th (again very possible that it is the same final connection flight that was provided for teams.
They get to the route marker and choose Perfect Pitch. They get lost and end up at The Chopin School of Arts. Where they get directions to the detour’s location.
Oswald & Danny have broken two strings but they press on, while Charla & Mirna attempt it (Tone deaf is all I have to say).
Oswald & Danny finally are judged to have the piano in tune (which by the way it wasn’t, but close enough for the judges). And receive the clue to make their way to Jan II Sobieski Lazienki.
A side note, I shouldn’t be to critical as a Vocal Music student it is required to learn Piano, and often you are using piano’s for practice that get out of tune and must correct the problem yourself. So we were taught how to do this. And I sucked at it. S I shouldn’t be critical.
Charla & Mirna decide to switch detours and try Perfect Angle.
After they have left Uchenna & Joyce arrive.
Danny completes the detour and they make their way to the Pit Stop
2. Oswald & Danny - Who finish at 1:06pm on the 6th. It took them 3 hours and 44 minutes to complete today’s tasks.
Uchenna & Joyce successfully tune the piano and receive their clue and make their way to the Lazienki Park.
Charla & Mirna have found Escada boutique. And proceed on foot to the laboratory, but have great difficulty getting local assistance (I tell you I love these people).
Uchenna & Joyce finish the roadblock and make their way through the park to the Pit Stop.
3. Uchenna & Joyce – Who finish at 2:26pm and took 3 hours and 24 minutes to complete today’s tasks (getting lost must have hurt them).
With a local guide Charla & Mirna locate Panaramik Laboratory and proceed to X-Ray their broken and damaged mannequin. This must take them considerable time as the sun is going down before they successfully find the clue. Probably around 3:40 or so.
They make their way to Lazienki Park complete the detour and make their way to the Pit Stop.
4. Charla & Mirna – Who finish at 4:50pm and took 7 hours and 28 minutes to complete today’s tasks. (This will get some comments later).
Eric & Danielle ad Joe & Bill arrive in Warsaw at 10:40pm.
Teams get cabs in the following order.
5. Joe & Bill
6. Eric & Danielle
The Pit Stop for this leg is a standard 12 hour Pit Stop as it is now 10:54 and Dustin & Kandice are beginning the next leg which will take them to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
But I won’t break the 8th leg down until tomorrow so on with leg 7.
Teams finally arrive at Czapki Palace and find the same poor soul at the Piano (who is now hating all Americans who ever race on the Amazing Race).
Joe & Bill choose Perfect Angle and Eric & Danielle Choose Perfect Pitch.
We get to see Eric break a string and have them fail the test several times before they are cleared for the next tasks (they also weren’t quite on tune, but they were closer then Oswald & Danny).
We see Joe & Bill pick up their mannequins and get directions to the laboratory, and we see many, many different words that they X-Ray before the find the correct clue.
It is now 1:06am on the 7th of December and Oswald & Danny have left for the next leg.
Eric & Danielle complete the roadblock and make their way to the Pit Stop.
5. Eric & Danielle - Who finish at 1:50am and took 3 hours and 10 minutes to complete the day’s tasks (2cd fastest of the day and with the provided transportation would have actually finished 3rd).
It is now 2:26am and Uchenna & Joyce are starting the next leg.
Joe & Bill complete the roadblock and make their way to the Pit Stop.
6. Joe & Bill – Who finish at 3:32am and took 4 hours and 52 minutes to complete the day’s tasks). They are the last team to arrive and are saved by a non elimination round. They are now marked for elimination and either must finished first (
ops spoiler) or must wait out a 30-minute penalty before being checked in.