Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Imaginary lines

Sao Paolo lies exactly at the Tropic of Capricorn. I am fascinated by such phantom borders. I have crossed the Tropic of Capricorn several times, in Australia and South Africa. I have stood with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, or with one foot in the Eastern and the other in the Western Hemisphere. I have crossed the date meridian and lost a whole day of my life. When you cross the Polar Cirlce they give you a certificate. But nobody had given me a certificate for crossing the equator. Is it a greater deed to cross the Polar Circle?

1 comment:

anton said...

the tropics actually move about 15 meters every year, turning back every 41000 years. so at some point it won't go straight through sao paolo. and human-made lines don't count.