The featured image is from New York with rows of skyscrapers in the background. The view is iconic: Many have seen this scene or others from the Big Apple, in real life or on film. North America is about a lot more than this.
This region is defined as Central and Northern America, including the Caribbean. The variations encountered in this northern part of the Western Hemisphere are enormous, making it a very fascinating part of the world to be travelling in.
Unfortunately I have previously paid very few visits to this part of the world. Actually only Cuba had been plotted on my map until recently.
Likewise, with ridiculously meager impressions from having spent only one week in the United States, and only in New York, and four days in the big cities of eastern Canada, I may not have much to say. I did get a lot of impressions from, say, New York, but the Big Apple is far from average North America. Most of my impressions of the United States and Canada are based on prejudice, meeting Americans abroad, and not least reading about the countries, watching movies and so on.
Instead, let me quote this American (i.e. citizen of the USA).
Traveling in Europe made me understand that America has an island mentality: No one exists except us. There’s a whole other world out there, but most Americans – all they know is America, the marketing plan. (will.i.am)
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