Are you running out of countries to visit? Or you haven’t decided where to go next for your holidays or long weekend?
Let’s have a quick activity.
Imagine if right at this very moment you will start digging a hole in the ground and you will continue to dig until you reach the very end of it on the other side of the world, where will you be? Any wild guess?
Did you know that there is one such term for that?
If you’d look up for the term antipode, the dictionary would define it as the exact opposite or contrary. Often used in geography, the antipode of any place on the Earth is the place that is diametrically opposite it, so a line drawn from the one to the other passes through the centre of the Earth and forms a true diameter. Sounds complicated? Simply say, the place on the opposite side of the earth.
When I was 7, my mom bought me a small globe. It was actually a pencil sharpener but attached to it was a miniature globe. I was not yet keen to geography, let alone, traveling. That little globe will sit on top the bookshelf in my room. By 9 years old, my fascination with places and cultures started and my little globe became one of my best friends. I will spend hours spinning the globe trying to read the names of the countries written (most I can’t even pronounce yet).
One afternoon during my summer holidays, a random idea came to my mind. If I am here in the Philippines, what could be on the other side of the world right at this moment? Would there be a country or just a vast ocean? I went to my room and grabbed my globe. I pointed my finger to the Philippines and with my 9-year-old estimation, I roughly saw that there is indeed a country on the other side of the globe. It read B-R-A-Z-I-L. Brazil.
That was 1995. I never even had any idea that such term antipode ever existed? As I grew up, I just remembered that Brazil is a very far away place and someday, I told to myself, I will be able to go there. Someday.
That plan stayed with me and I became fascinated even more with Brazil and its culture as I became acquainted with Ronaldo (during 1998 World Cup) and with Leila Barros in 1999 when she visited Manila and became an instant sports celebrity.I became more hungry and excited to fulfill such wild dream. Thinking about it back then, it was close to impossible given the distance and the expensive flight ticket it will entail. But like most travelers would say, you would always have your ultimate dream destination and for the longest time, for me it was Brazil.
I stumbled upon this website recently where it gives a rather accurate (or at least) estimation of an antipodal location of a specific place. Thanks to technology, you wouldn’t need a globe and a handful of estimation to find out the answer.
It felt like I went back to that summer of 1995 when I tried to locate the antipodal location of our place in the Philippines. Here’s what I found out:
Apparently, if I will start digging in front of our house, I will end up somewhere in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Shout out to Diego and Bruno who are from Matto Grosso!
Go try it.
Do you want to know it yourself? Click the link and discover what is on the other side.
Share your discovery in the comment section below. I’d be happy to hear from you!