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Our Planet's Superlatives

The most northerly pub in the world; driest desert (see photo); wettest place; your most easterly, westerly, southerly and northerly destinations you've reached so far; your highest and lowest places; your longest plane journey—you get the picture.

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Hello, everyone, I've taken it upon myself to mediate this group. Ny-Ålesund (the most northerly settlement); the Atacama Desert (the driest desert), Mt. Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai (the wettest place)...any suburban English pub at closing time (the most dangerous)...these are some of the places I've been to, but I'd love to hear your adventures. Superlatives can be modified, qualified, quantified and abused, too, so if you've been to the reddest spot in Rhode Island, that counts just as much. --Terence Baker

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Comment by Terence Baker on December 4, 2009 at 10:07pm
The World Cup finals are being played next June in South Africa and is as always the World's Largest Sporting Event. The draw for the group stage was held today, and England will play Slovenia, Algeria and the US of A. I have been in the States for more than 16 years but have ABSOLUTELY NO divided loyalties when it comes to the beautiful game. C'mon England!
Comment by Terence Baker on December 2, 2009 at 2:26pm
At the very bottom of the world is Punta Arenas (Ushaia, I state, does not count as it is on an island, Tierra del Fuego). The few miles south of Punta Arenas, Chile, is just sodden turf and confused penguins. I was amazed at the number of tarnished sign advertising perhaps long-gone social clubs for Croats, Serbs and Moldovans, men who came here no-questions-asked in the 19th and early-20th century. if you walk through this small city, along a thin gully-canal of hardly moving water you will come to the World's Last Thing, a broken-down roundabout facing the bleak Magellan Channel. Sitting on it, I swung around seven times for all the seventh sons of seventh sons, who legend suggest are liable to be kidnapped by the Roma.

Comment by Jose Balido on December 1, 2009 at 12:26pm
WOW!! Not just walking, but cycling! I'll have to get on the next plane and blog the whole way on the trail!
Comment by Terence Baker on December 1, 2009 at 11:30am
José, here's another "path" that I think you should hike or bike without delay. All the members are, with bated breath, awaiting your report. Apparently, it's also in Spain, this time in País

Vasco.
Comment by David Paul Appell on November 30, 2009 at 9:03pm
Terry, à propos your earlier comment including Jane Birkin, well, I have next to no clue as to what you're talking about. But I still like you a lot...
Comment by Jose Balido on November 30, 2009 at 8:54pm
Hi Terence,
apparently the trail was built at the turn of the last century as an access for railroad workers servicing a nearby line. needless to say, it must have been much safer then. after it was abandoned decades ago, it fell into total disrepair, and now it is what you see on here today. No, I haven't hiked the Napali trail, I have a big fear of heights!! I don't know how this guy did the Caminito trail, it is INSANE!!!
Comment by Terence Baker on November 30, 2009 at 8:03pm
Hi José,
I am watching it as I write. Amazing. Several questions. Who was mad enough to build the damn thing! Why didn't the filmmaker dive at the first point of doubt? Have you walked the Napali Trail on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, even to the first beach at Hanakapi`ai Beach? 2.5 miles took me 2.5 hours, and I've 20 marathons under my belt. I saw feral-men emerge with severed goat carcasses tacked to their backpacks and, even more strange, tourists deciding to walk the trail 30 minutes before sundown. I persuaded them to turn back.
Comment by Terence Baker on November 30, 2009 at 7:54pm
Hi Wendy,
Attacking my home! I am a Brooklyner now, but London is where I spent all my youth and where I'm from. Yes, it's expensive, but I think no more so that NYC. When you live in a place, you learn how to cut corners. You think the tube is expensive! Never take a black cab from Heathrow. I got a double-espresso in Copenhagen, and when I worked out it was the equivalent of $12 I nearly choked on the grounds and fell to the ground.
Comment by Wendy Capra on November 27, 2009 at 11:14am
How about most expensive place I've ever been? That would be London, almost $7 for a ride in the Tube-- YIKES!!!
Comment by Jose Balido on November 26, 2009 at 11:03am
How about the world's most terrifying hike? Try the Caminito del Rey near Málaga, Spain... And if anyone can find a more terrifying hike, they can post it on here!!
 

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