JANEWAY: The Alpha Quadrant still largely unexplored. Romulans hiding behind every nebula.
Space must have seemed a whole lot bigger back then.
Substitute Borg for Romulans and this describes her experience in the Delta quadrant. Except unlike Kirk she was all alone, no Starfleet backup.
But I have to admit, I would have loved to ride shotgun at least once with a group of officers like that.
I think you can see that at time, a certain enjoyment of being on frontier space in the DQ.