1. Africa is big.
Europe feels it’s important. And in many ways it is, but its inflated sense of self has led it to continually exaggerate its dimensions on the world map.
Growing up in Zimbabwe, there was always space, but I only came to fully appreciate just how much we had when I came to Europe.
To give you an idea, the distance between Stockholm and Madrid is more or less the same as the distance between Harare and Cape Town. If you can’t quite picture it, this map says it all… And that’s why you can get one-week travel packages to Europe.