I observe, that for the majority of Americans New York is just as far away and is surrounded by approximately as much “mystery” and “unreachableness” as for us, Europeans. The only difference is that they actually live in the same country, where New York is situated, but that’s that. To get to places is relatively expensive and flying to NY from Roanoke is not substantially cheaper than from London. It’s interesting, especially with my “Estonian” (arguable, but partially true) mentality, to observe how big a country could be and how big can distances be within a single country. For a resident of Virginia, California is just as distant of a “land”, as Italy for an Estonian.