While talking with somebody about traveling, he commented:
"But you Spanish speakers are used to express distances in hours, right?" An Italian unknown.
I was unaware of that. Let me formalize just a little. What he meant, is that to the question
¿Qué tan lejos está X de Y?
Spanish spekers tend to reply in time units, instead of (kilo)meters. But I must admit I unconsciously do say:
- Mi casa está a media hora del centro.
- X ciudad queda a 5 horas en autobús de Y ciudad.
(But of course nobody says Mi país mide x horas en autobús.)
Does that rule in general holds? (I mean, the first quote).