Studying for my Geography final exams about the pacific ocean, I noticed that parts of New Zealand are exactly halfway around the earth from Spain. I went on to read a bit about antipodes, and I started wondering which 2 antipodes on earth you could travel between in the least amount of time. I found some great resources, including a map:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0d/Antipodes_rect2160.png

Another map:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Antipodes_LAEA.png

And a Wikipedia article containing a list of some cities that are exact antipodes to each other:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antipodes

So let's get the competition started.

Through Google Maps, I found that the antipode of Madrid Barajas Airport is in New Zealand at 4h 11 min. driving distance from Wellington International Airport. The quickest flight connection from Madrid to Wellington seems to be 31:05 hours, on Qantas through Frankfurt and Sydney. Now if you start your clock right when the airplane takes off at MAD, and assuming you need about 45 minutes to deplane at Wellington and rent a car, you'd need EXACTLY 36 hours to travel between these two antipodes.

How much further can we cut down the time? I challenge you to come up with anything shorter than 36 hours, but you HAVE to consider the time to get to the exact spot, not just between airports, unless they are exactly antipodean.

Have fun!

Soren