The Longest Train Ride in the World

In March 2010, news sites were abuzz with the announcement of a proposed Chinese-backed high-speed Eurasian rail line that could whip passengers between London and Beijing at speeds of up to 345 km/h (215 mph), completing the 17-country, 8 160 km (5 070 mi) journey in just two days. While such a fantastical project is…

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The Highest of Low Points: The 15 Most Elevated Countries on Earth

There is a special place reserved in respective national consciousnesses for the highest point in a country. Everest, McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Fuji, Olympus, Ben Nevis – the towering peaks that can be seen for miles across the countryside and are held up as national symbols. They form the basis for religious myths (and political…

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