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Furthest I've been [Mar. 29th, 2010|11:06 pm]
Douglas Spencer
After loneraven posted about visiting Shetland, I got thinking about the furthest I've been in the four cardinal directions.

Furthest north I've been is somewhere on the A93 between Banchory and Ballater. This was in August 1995, shortly before the Worldcon. Of course if I'd been driving in the opposite direction I'd have been on the other side of the road and therefore a couple of yards further north.

Furthest west I've been (on the ground) is probably on some taxiway somewhere at Washington Dulles International Airport, on various occasions between 2003 and 2006.

Furthest east I've been is where the where the Great Wall of China meets the sea sometime in May 2002.

Furthest south I've been is probably Huntington VA metro station, just outside Washington DC. I've been nearly as far south as that in China, but most of the tourism was either in Beijing, just a bit too far north, or along the wall, further north still. Furthest south here in Europe would be Bilbao, laughably nearby.

Later this year I hope to be going to New Zealand and Australia, which will smash my existing records.

[Edit: Northernmost is 644km away; Westernmost is 5890km away; Easternmost is 8350km away; Southernmost is quite near to Westernmost, at 5875km.]

[User Picture]From: the_magician
2010-03-30 01:39 am (UTC)
I'd have to look at a map!

Definitely been to Stockholm, Sweden, have flown north of Russia on way to Japan, have been to Sydney, Australia. Singapore. Hong Kong. Japan. And San Francisco two weeks ago. Have walked to the top of Ben Nevis, and descended into various caves in the US. Have been to the top of the Twin Towers, the Empire State Building (well observation deck) and Sears Tower (now with some other silly name! Willis Tower?) as well as the crown of the Statue of Liberty, the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the observation deck on the Tokyo Tower, and to the Grand Canyon. Gave up in the queue for the Eiffel Tower (another time!) and I've "gophered" Stonehenge (I was a "peace steward" when they reopened Stonehenge to the public on midsummer a number of years ago)

Have been inside the secure computer centre in the Pentagon, and in the Oval Office of the Whitehouse (and behind the scenes in Watergate, the hotel!) ... and had a pass for the Library of Congress to do research into conjuring!
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