Here is an article from page 91 of last week's issue (Sept. 19-25) of TV Guide. Note particularly the comment ab out Tunisia. Could they be talking about AR1 or is it really AR19?
"What's new this season? The locations! Among the new stops on the Amazing Race are Indonesia, Belgium, Denmark and Malawi. The last country particularly provides 'some really fun challenges that are extremely local in nature' promises exec producer Bertram van Munster.'We have people from a high-tech society like ours going to a place where everything is borderline no-tech. There are some interesting reactions." Van Munster has added a new wrinkle in the game, The Hazard, but will only reveal 'it will immediately impact the teams.'
These 11 teams, which include alums Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca, a pair of professional snowboarders and two male flight attendants, all have at least one thing in common: Nobody could handle the heat and humidity they encountered in Tunisia(
Even after putting Racers through their paces for a decade, Van Munster still marvels at how many manage to make similarly wrong turns. 'People make the same mistakes all the time' he says with a laugh.'They don't read the clue. They get impatient. They run to stuff that is complicated because they think it's easier. Every episode they'll be a moment when I say 'What? Where are they going with this?' That always amazes me."
Does this mean Tunisia was a leg for AR19? If so, it would probably be between southern Africa (leaving Malawi via either Johannesburg or Nairobi and Denmark because it makes little sense to fly from Thailand to Malawi via Tunisia, adding several thousand miles.