I still genuinely have a hard time fathoming just how big Texas is.
Or the entire rest of the US.
Like, there was this thread on Reddit where a bunch of Europeans were complaining about Arrogant Americans ™ assuming that Europeans don’t understand how big America is and claiming it’s because we think they’re stupid and don’t understand how space works??? But like??? It’s because there are plenty of Americans – LIKE MYSELF – who don’t really GET how big parts of it are??????
Like I’d never been further west than Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before I flew out to Texas a few years ago, and that flight wasn’t super long. But then we flew out to California a couple of years ago and the flight took as long as it took to fly to France when I went there with my high school? Except when we landed we were still in the US???? And it kinda fucked me up a little???????
I have a friend who moved to Vermont from Missouri and he just decided to bop down to NYC for a baseball game once and I was like why????? That is a five hour drive why?????? And we joke-argued a bit about the definition of “close” and finally he was just like look, if I can leave at lunchtime and get somewhere before first pitch with time for dinner that’s close and I was like oH RIGHT you’re from a BIG STATE.
And did you know???? That Texas is SO BIG???? That there are SPACES IN BETWEEN THE TOWNS????? Like there is a town and then there’s the town line and then the next town line is like twenty minutes down the highway????? The towns don’t just butt up against each other?????? Because they have SO MUCH SPACE???????
America is SO BIG, YOU GUYS, it’s not that we think Europeans are too stupid to understand that, it’s just that a lot of us ALSO come from small places and WE know that living in a SMALL place fucks up your perception of how BIG, big places are.