If you think it’s been tough commuting during the snowy deluge gifted by the #BeastFromTheEast, then imagine train surfing to the office or cliff climbing in deadly temperatures to get to work or school.
Here are some of the craziest commutes from around the world.
The Open Elevator That Can Crush You To Death
If you’re not so keen on using the lift in your office building since you suffer from mild claustrophobia, you aren’t going to want to entertain the idea of this open elevator in Eastern Europe. Labeled the ‘Elevator of Death’ this questionable contraption could crush its user in the case of a alighting at the wrong time.
Chinese Students Who Climb An 800-Meter Cliff
Kinds as young as six years old have no choice but to scale an 800-meter cliff to get to school in this rural village in China. The climb is nearly half a mile and includes a rickety wooden ladder and takes 90 minutes to ascend. Yikes.
Indonesia’s Train Surfers
Jakarta’s public transport can barely accommodate all of its 400,000 daily commuters, leading to folks literally climbing on top of the train and holding on for dear life, much to the dismay of the officials. In a recent attempt to discourage commuters from train surfing, they’ve installed concrete balls above rail crossings.
China’s Terrifying “Sky Road”
Although including some pretty incredible views, the “sky road” in the remote village of Yushan, China is darn scary. Since 1997 villagers have used a second hand cable from a ski resort to ride across a full kilometer of treacherous terrain, carrying food and children packed into a tiny car. The cable has since been updated for safety but still looks like a pretty terrifying excursion.
Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’
Officially named the ‘Yungas Road’, this trucking road connects the cities of La Paz, Coroico and Chulumani in Bolivia. Extremely narrow with treacherous cliff drops on either side, this road was built with slave labor Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War in the 1930's.
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