This question is a natural follow-up of this other question, asked earlier today by wspin.

Let's say that a metric space $(X,d)$ has *two poles* if:

- there are two distinct points $x$, $y$ such that for every $r\ge 0$ the open balls $B_r(x)$ and $B_r(y)$ are isometric;
- there is no isometry $f$ of $(X,d)$ such that $f(x)=y$.

Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen gave a very pretty example of a space with two poles (it's the metric space associated to an infinite graph). I've tried to turn this example into a surface by "inflating" it (imagine it in the 3-space, and take the boundary of a regular neighourhood), but failed. Hence my question:

Are there connected Riemannian manifolds with two poles?

If one drops the connectedness assumption, then Włodzimierz Holsztyński's answer to the question linked above is a 0-dimensional example. One can also ask for more: compactness, trivial $\pi_1$, curvature restrictions, *etc.*, but I'll stick with the broader question for now.

The rough meta-question in the back of my mind is: "How nice can a bipolar space be?", so answers/comments in this direction are very welcome.

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