The adventures in worldwide travel continued Thursday night, with another brand new instalment of The Amazing Race, and this week the remaining teams found themselves in gorgeous Italy where they got to take in the sights, sample some delicious food and ride in boats along the famed Lake Como.
Yeah, we felt sorry for them too.
But just because the remaining competitors were given a slice of heaven, doesn’t mean that they didn’t go through their own mini versions of hell along the way. Between a tough rock climbing detour, a double U-Turn and another elimination, here are five new lessons in travel we learned from this week’s show.
1. Be self-aware
We all know the importance of spatial awareness, but it’s probably a good idea to also gauge how you’re doing in terms of social skills — especially when you’re travelling across the country. Vanck and Ashton learned this the hard way when they annoyed more people than they made friends, and in the end that was their downfall. The teams plotted against them during the double U-Turn, making sure they were the only team that would have to do both challenges in Italy. That extra bit of time cost them any semblance of a lead, and they were ultimately eliminated.
2. Have an appetite for adventure, new experiences… and good food
We’ve seen some pretty harrowing Road Block challenges in our days of watching The Amazing Race, and we have to say that the moving tram restaurant was not one of them. It’s hard to feel sorry for anyone who has to soak in the views of Italy while mowing down on fresh gnocchi and wine, even if some of them did have to do it twice. The lesson? Well, we suppose it’s to bring a healthy appetite. Gnocchi can be heavy on the tummy, after all.
3. Learn when to make allies
The only two teams to finish the restaurant challenge correctly on the first try also happened to be the only two teams that worked together (Joey and Tara and Michael and Liz). Everyone else went at it solo, which meant that they couldn’t compare the signs they saw outside the window. Maybe they were just hungry and they wanted to eat another round of food, but it just goes to show you that sometimes you have to make alliances in order to get ahead in the long run. Especially when you’re navigating a foreign country.
4. Trust your partner
Have we mentioned that Scott is our new hero? He’s just always so calm, cool and collected, especially when Brooke is losing her shit. Which, by the way, she does every single week. This week she was losing it while scaling a cliff to get a clue, yelling down at Scott below not to drop her and to tell her where to grab next. Obviously the poor guy couldn’t see, but he did his best to calm his partner down, and talk her through the process — successfully, we might add. Sometimes you just have to trust your partner, Brooke. Trust that he won’t drop you when you’re scaling a cliff, and that he won’t drop-kick you when you’re freaking out again next time.
5. Stop to smell the roses
Okay, so there were no actual flowers in this case, but there was a ship that came fully stocked with food and booze. Sure, this is a race for a million bucks, but in situations like that it’s important to just stop, look around and remember where you are. When’s the next time any of these people will be in Italy, if ever? Sure, money is nice, but this is also a trip many of us would kill to take. Hopefully these contestants made the most of their time and enjoyed the mini-party the show threw for them. Because from what we’ve seen, the race is on in full force again next week.
The Amazing Race airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CTV.