Dear residents of the North-East Coast of the USA,
You have no idea how weird we find it that you can visit other states with less than a day of driving. “Let’s go to Boston!” a New Yorker can say on the weekend. Simple day trips. Maximum 7 hours by car.
If I want to go to another state, I have to spend 8 hours in my car. Now, I’m sure many of you are like “that’s how long it takes me to get from ___ to ___!” Yeah, well, let me tell you this: when you spend 8 hours in a car, do you end up in a culture/landscape different from where you started?
I live in Southern California. 8 hours puts me in either Arizona or Nevada, which are basically the same state, with different names and ridiculous laws. Both dry, desert-y states. Or I suppose I can spend 8 hours in a car in the same state I live in and see a slight change in climate.
But, omg, you can spend 2 hours in a car and end up in a completely different state.
West Coast Residents