And one between Australia & America
Is it just me, or does Australia kind of look like an upside-down-and-backwards version of the US? It's even upside-down and backwards in terms of the weather!
Distance can be kind of a funny thing. Like many others, I grew up in Houston. As a result, my concept of mileage is horribly skewed. I do fine on freeways and such, because it's pretty easy to tie mileage to elapsed time (if you're going around 60 miles per hour, you'll drive a mile each minute). But for shorter distances at slower speeds, I have absolutely no concept of how far a mile is or how long it'll take me to get there. Inside the city of Houston, the two things are so entirely unrelated that I just never learned. Getting from point A to point B could take 15 minutes or an hour and a half, depending upon the time of day.
What I find extra hilarious, though, is my apparently highly flexible concept of what "far" is. In Houston, anything that was within a 30-minute radius of me (during non-rush-hour traffic) was reasonable and not that far. I might not want to go there during rush hour (when that 30 minutes could take 2 or 3 times as long), but I didn't see it as inherently unreasonable. Most of the restaurants and stores I went to took me at least 15 minutes driving.
But now I live in a much smaller city. 30 minutes of driving takes me from one end of it to the other, no matter which direction I'm going. And that includes long stretches of road where the speed limit is a tortoise-like 20 mph and strings of intersections where you either hit every single light green, or every single light red. Despite having lived in Houston until after college and having learned to drive there, I never
go to places on the other side of the city here. It's too far! But when I visit Houston, I'm right back to thinking that something 30 minutes away is "pretty close."
I amuse myself, I really do.