Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Tromso and Ushuaia

Tromsø and Ushuaia.

Two cities at two ends of the world. One is probably the northernmost city on earth, and the latter, the southernmost. What struck me about the two cities is that both are picture perfect in the same sort of way - mountains in the background, sea in front, and are breathtakingly pretty. Tromso is a Norwegian city above the Arctic Circle, and has 6 months day and 6 months night (midnight sun), while Ushuaia is at the southernmost tip of the South American continent.

My interest in these two places began the other day, when I saw Tromso on Michael Palin's 'Pole to Pole' series. Michael Palin travelled from North Pole to South Pole in 1992, in this award winning television series for the BBC. (the official site of Pole to Pole is here) Then the day after that, I saw Ushuaia in a Football Mundial show on Argentinian soccer.

Both these places have since hopped up high on my 'must visit' wishlist. I think I'll try to travel to these places sometimes. Probably take a leisurely (and VERY expensive :-P) cruise or something. heh heh. :-)

Some pictures of Tromso and Ushuaia that I managed to gather from the net (click thumbnails for larger pic) :

Tromso









Ushuaia





3 comments:

Sharad said...

There used to be a show called Ushuaia on discovery or something , and I always used to wonder what it meant !

And damn you and damn Air supply !

Majaz said...

Beautiful.

Mark said...

Thankyou. I am currently in Buenos Aires and am flying to Ushuia on Monday morning. I have been to Inuvik and Tuktoyuktuk in Canada´s Arctic, so now I will be at the other end of the planet.

Mark Boiko

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