Yes, you are absolutely correct. North Americans do have an entirely different perspective on distance. As a case in point, one of my best friends drove on Saturday from Little Rock to Toronto, on his way back from his winter home in Arizona. 1,800 kms in 18 hrs. He covered 3,600 km in 2 days. That's a little aggressive even by our standards but you get the point. It's the equivalent of driving from Barcelona to Moscow. 228 km is a distance we do routinely as a day trip. I never asked Stolpi how he felt about the distances we covered when he was here.