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  1. Sarah
    December 3, 2018 @ 10:11 pm

    What a fascinating post. I had no idea that you could actually swim from Russia to USA, I wonder if anyone has. They must have! And how typical of daft borders that students have to cross borders just to go to school. Looking forward to reading the African version 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      December 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am

      Thank you, Sarah- I’m really glad to hear you liked this post.

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  2. Laura Pedlar
    December 3, 2018 @ 10:30 pm

    This is a really interesting post, I didn’t know about any of these borders so I feel I’ve learnt something too. The quirkiness if these borders are great, I especially like the idea of ‘swimming’ from the USA to Russia. That road in Argentina/Chile looks insane!

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    • dankiteski
      December 4, 2018 @ 8:59 am

      Thanks, Laura- I’m glad you could also learn some new things from this article.

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  3. Courtney
    December 3, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

    What a unique topic. You can literally swim your way to 23 hours into the future (if you can stand the cold), sounds a little crazy. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      December 4, 2018 @ 8:59 am

      Thank you, Courtney

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  4. Rebecca Pattee
    December 4, 2018 @ 2:38 am

    I love learning about borders. Another spot in the U.S. that you have to visit via Canada is Northwest Angle in Minnesota.

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    • dankiteski
      December 10, 2018 @ 9:10 am

      Thank you, Rebecca

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  5. Kavita Favelle
    December 4, 2018 @ 10:53 am

    The Bering Straits border is such an interesting one, especially knowing that when the water levels were different, that some of our ancestors crossed from one land mass to another at this very location.
    I particularly appreciated learning about the Chile and Argentina border issues and the geographical questionmark on setting borders by how the waters were separated!

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    • dankiteski
      December 5, 2018 @ 8:23 am

      Thank you, Kavita- I’m glad you liked this article.

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  6. Amanda
    December 4, 2018 @ 8:40 pm

    This was an incredibly intriguing post! I didn’t know any of these borders’ history and I feel like I’m going to be a trivia ace now. The craziest looking one has to be between Chile and Argentina, but the most fascinating one is the U.S. Russia one! Who knew you could look into, and swim to, the future! Mind blown.

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    • dankiteski
      December 5, 2018 @ 8:24 am

      Thank you, Amanda- I’m really glad to hear you liked this post.

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  7. Jackie
    December 4, 2018 @ 9:06 pm

    These are truly fascinating facts! I’ve never really given borders much thought except to have my passport in hand. The biggest surprise was that the border between the US and Canada is zig-zagged–so different than the maps we all look at! I’m particularly perplexed by the difference in time zones between the Russian and US islands only 2.5 miles apart. You’ve definitely piqued my interest, here. I will be on the lookout for more curious examples!

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    • dankiteski
      December 5, 2018 @ 8:27 am

      Thank you, Jackie- I’m glad to hear this article piqued your curiosity 🙂

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  8. Soumya Gayatri
    December 5, 2018 @ 2:00 am

    This was quite a unique post. I have great interest in the Bering Strait especially because of the fact that at some point in history both the continents were exceptionally close and people crossed over from Asia at the Bering and settled down in the Americas. I had no idea the distance was quite small even now. Borders are an interesting subject. And it is true that you cannot just draw a line somewhere. Without causing a huge mess of course!

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    • dankiteski
      December 5, 2018 @ 8:28 am

      Yes, you’re right, Soumya but many people today don’t know that the distance is so short even today

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  9. Medha Verma
    December 5, 2018 @ 8:10 am

    So cool that you can actually swim between USA and Russia! I am always intrigued by borders between countries – how does one know? Sometimes there are gates and fences to mark the borders but mostly, especially when the borders run through rivers/ lakes or desert, there’s hardly anyway to know when you cross it, right? Love reading this post about some strange borders across the world!

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    • dankiteski
      December 6, 2018 @ 8:12 am

      yes, technically you can. The two islands are incredibly remote and isolated and connected to the mainland whatsoever but technically you will get from Russia to the US and vice versa.

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  10. MEENAKSHI J
    December 6, 2018 @ 5:01 am

    Reading about Hispanola island made me cringe on the way the colonial rule crushed the natives of every country.Diomedes was indeed a revelation.I completely enjoyed reading this quirky post that made me learn and read about new places which otherwise would not have been in the purview of many including me !

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    • dankiteski
      December 6, 2018 @ 8:16 am

      Thank you Meenakshi, I really appreciate it and I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

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