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domingo, 29 de março de 2015

Mitad del Mundo

In Quito, Ecuador there are two sites that claim they are the centre of the world.

One is a 30-meter-tall pyramid constructed between 1979 and 1982 with each side facing a cardinal direction, topped by a globe.

Many tourists have their pictures taken with a leg on each side of the line drawn down the center of the staircase and across the plaza.

The other place is a private attraction, known as the Intiñan Solar Museum built to mark the true line of the Equator measured with GPS. It is 300 m far from the other. 

It is an amusement for tourists as tour guides demonstrate tricks, which are supposedly possible only on the Equator, such as water flowing both counter-clockwise and clockwise down a drain due to Coriolis effect, balancing eggs on end, weakening of muscles due to latitude or the difficulty to walk across the line of the Equator with both arms outstretched and eyes closed. 

The first one may not be in the right place, but some people say the second is also missing the correct line. Whoever is right, the first one is more imposing but in both I enjoyed taking pictures with one leg in the north and the other in the south.

1 comentário:

  1. I really want to know if/how that egg trick is only possible at the equator..! This reminds me of when we stopped at the equator in Kenya - a great photo opportunity indeed! x