“If you start digging a tunnel to the other side of the world, you’ll end up in China.” Logic right? The earth is round, and that was where characters on TV normally ended up when they started digging. The whole idea has some minor flaws, in addition to being technically impossible how could China be the other side of the world for both Americans and Europeans? Apparently I’m not the only one with this though, and this is why I was fascinated when I found out that google maps would find the exact opposite side of the world for me.

Photo: Jeff Brownell (CC)

Photos: AJ Franklin (left) & Claire Sutton (right) (CC)

With an antipode map, a map showing the exacte opposite position on the earth, you can find out where you would actually end up if you started digging that tunnel you heard so much about as a kid. I never got around to digging that tunnel as a child, and that’s a good thing, since I grew up at the Norwegian coast I would have ended up somewhere in the sea outside New Zealand.

What about you, do you have more luck with your destination than me?

While you’re digging your way all the way to the other side of the world, listen to James Figurine feat. Erlend Øye with All the way to China:


Kathrine Opshaug BakkeKathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.