Angel Cloud


*a Latino male is sitting on the streets in Tuscany, he is wearing a blue shirt with “Gallaudet University Education Abroad” on the top right of the shirt*
Hello everyone, my name is Angel Cloud.
Where am I? I am here in Tuscany, Italy!
I am studying abroad at the Siena School for the Liberal Arts.
I am studying LIS - Italian Sign Language.
We don’t socialize with ASL as we focus on their culture’s language.
My favorite signs: [LIS signs shown]. That’s all.

Richard Watkins Jr.


*a picture of the snowy trees and mountains in Norway and bold black letters in the upper left corner that reads “Oslo, Norway 2020 Richard Watkins Jr”. White background with a white male sitting in a gray and maroon shirt*
I just arrived in America two weeks ago from Oslo, Norway where I did my internship for my Master of Social Work in order to graduate.
I did the internship in Norway related to DeafBlind, I worked at two different agencies.
One agency, Signo, where I mainly worked with the DeafBlind clients, it was a really wonderful experience to work with.
Other agency, Eikholt, which is similar to Signo but more focused on teaching independent living skills to ensure all of the DeafBlind individuals to get prepared for future jobs, living on own, and so on.
From my experience and my perspective when I arrived in Norway has changed a lot.
It was unexpected, I had a little bit of culture shock and and I started to learn things.
I learned their sign language, Norwegian Sign Language.
It was an amazing experience even though I did learn some things in Italy back in 2015.
It changed my perspective as well. So, I think master's program should do international internship abroad to learn different languages and cultures.
As a social worker, being culturally competence is very important, so I believe that if we travel more, we will understand more different perspectives of the world and have an and have an opened mind and think outside of the box.
So, why is this experience so important to me?
In the future, I want to work close with the DeafBlind population as a specialist in America.
However, I feel like all of the visions, resources, and the services has become more common, when exposing the resources to the younger DeafBlind generation, they have already tried this way or is already aware of the resources.
I believe when I am traveling, I'll learn different perspectives, resources, methods and more. I learn them and bring them to America to pass them along and increase our our communication usage as well.
Lastly, why should Gallaudet students consider traveling?
Well, the opportunity is right there, other universities may have travel options but it is limited, but Gallaudet will open the doors for students, so if you have the chance to experience international travel, DO IT.
Talk with Education Abroad at Gallaudet that you are interested in international study abroad and they will help you to find the right place in any countries to study or intern.
They were very wonderful for helping me to find the right place.
If you have any questions, contact them and they will be very happy to help you.
They WANT to see more students to go study abroad around the world and bring back their experiences to Gallaudet.
Gallaudet University is a big community where world comes together.
One more thing I forgot to mention, I did meet a lot of Deaf and DeafBlind in Norway and the community.
I went to three different cities in Norway. Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim. (showing signs for each cities)
I visited all of the deaf schools in each city, deaf museum, and involved with clubs meeting with people.
When I met a Deaf person, we feel the connection immediately like a family, just like in America when we meet new Deaf person.
It is a Deaf thing.
Also, I lived with a deaf family for three months, the experience was so good because I learned a lot of things and learn sign language quickly.
I also had the chance to eat their homemade Norwegian food instead of going out to eat. The homemade food was so delicious!
Thank you.

Felix Gonzalez


*Picture of nightlife in Madrid, Spain. White text across the screen reads: “Viaje conmigo”*
Hello! I'm Felix Gonzalez. I'm Chicano DeafBlind, majoring in IT and minoring in Spanish. I participated in Gallaudet’s study abroad program in Madrid which emphasized two main areas; it kept me very busy!: LSE and theatre (dramatic arts).
*a graphic appears in the top right corner: “Gallaudet In Madrid” in red capital letters embedded in an orange box*
LSE is Spanish Sign Language. I attended class every morning, which taught LSE and written Spanish. I really enjoyed learning in that class.
*photo of the LSE class appears in the top-right corner of the screen. Sete Nieto, the Spaniard LSE teacher, and her Spaniard assistant, Manu, focuses to film two Chicana students, Isela Garcia and Carina Dominguez, both dressed in black standing against a whiteboard*
*Sete and Manu films comparisons between ASL (Felix Gonzalez) and LSE (Juan Cornejo, Chilean Deaf) both dressed in black, standing against a whiteboard*
The second component was dramatic arts in LSE. What we learned in the LSE class was applied to actual use in the theater. We reviewed a script in Spanish and then translated it to LSE.
*theater poster/flyer appears in the top-right corner of the screen: from top to bottom: “Taller de teatro Gallaudet; “Espíritus de Oriente (El camino de la sabiduria);” center, a hand grasping a ball of light by the index finger and thumb (like the LSE/ASL sign for spirit); bottom, cast names and sponsor logos, including GU, CIEE, etc.*
Then, we took turns playing with our lines in LSE, role playing with each other and then discussed (feedback) with the teacher. We continued to rehearse until it was time to stage our performance to really grasp the experience.
*A photo collage of 3 photos staggered and embedded onto the left of a larger, main photo of Felix, main focus on right, (stage not seen) and another actor, Juan, in background at bottom of photo. Staggered photos on left: 1) Felix in the center wearing black t shirt with other light skinned and brown actors in the background wearing black mingling; one is wearing white to represent the spirit 2) Felix and Juan sitting on a couch going over lines 3) a white Latino actor, Esteban Kovacs, wearing white tshirt and jeans, signing “look/watch” at a distance as 2 other actors are in the background wearing black. Then another photo appears. It is a wrap-up photo of cast members, teachers, and drama teachers involved*
There were other activities we did, such as touring museums or different restaurants to try different foods.
*Photo of a Museo del Prado appears in the top-right corner of the screen. It then changes to a picture of a local Spanish restaurant*
We also toured different cities and learned about their local cultures and histories.
*Picture of statue of a white, marble man on a horse in the middle of a dome building with glass windows on a large marble floor appears (Palacio de Cristal)*
We also visited the local Deaf community.
*Photo of a community center for the Deaf appears; writing on the door mantle is not completely legible (Asociacion Valenciana), but last couple words read “De Personas Sordas”*
There are two highlights I would like to share. At one museum I visited, there were many different pieces of art, which I enjoyed very much.
*Photo of the outside of Spain’s national museum of 20th century art, Museo Reina Sofía, with what appears to be glass elevators on either side of the front entrance in the middle of the building. It has 4 floors and multiple windows on each floor. Few people are walking by*
There was one painting that caught my attention, "Guernica" by Picasso.
*Photo of people gathered around the painting “Guernica” by Picasso in the museum*
I was deeply fascinated with this huge painting! I truly appreciated being able to study this painting.
*Picture of the painting “Guernica” by Picasso appears. It appears abstract using geometric shapes of people and bulls in distress, interlocking in grey, black, and white colors*
I also went to a city called Toledo, which is about 45 minutes from Madrid.
*Picture of the city Toledo, which sits opposite luscious green mountains separated by a river. It is sunny*
It has a beautiful, rich history, and is a very old city. I noticed that there is a mixture of Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim cultures there. It is a beautiful and old city with many churches that have Gothic-style architecture.
*Picture of a tall Gothic-style building in Spain with tall, spiked columns*
It was very nice and fascinating!
*2 collages of photos embedded: 1st collage) 3 photos left to right, top to bottom, 1) Felix looking out upon a river near the city of Toledo; 2) a long street passing under a bridge leading to large walls; 3) an outlook at the large city of Toledo, filled with many buildings under the sky above. 2nd collage) 4 photos, top-left, top-right, and bottom-right show the insides of Gothic-style churches in Spain; bottom-left, the outside of a tall Gothic-style church under a blue sky* This program definitely impacted my life! LSE helped me greatly improve my reading and writing of Spanish. I can write so much better now. Secondly, I saw so many people from many different walks of life that increased my knowledge and understanding. This influenced me to grow inside. I saw so many diverse people who were so connected harmoniously. This program is extremely important. I strongly encourage you students to apply and get out there! You'll learn about new cultures, gain new experiences, learn a new language, and truly grow! Finally, those who are DeafBlind, you CAN. I was able to!
*While Felix signs, two classmates respond using Protactile backchanneling (one signs an emphatic ASL “yes” nod on Felix’s upper arm; the other less visible, taps with open palm for ASL nod on his other arm as if “listening.” Felix, brown Chicano, is dressed in a black shirt. On his left is a light skinned Latina with long, curly brown and blonde hair dressed in a grey tank top. On his right is a light skinned Latinx sporting a short, side-swooped hairstyle and is dressed in a multi-colored tank top with necklaces* Check out my FEA vlogs/blogs for more! Bye!
FEA Vlogs/Blogs by Felix Gonzalez
*Logo for Fund for Education Abroad appears in the top-right of the screen. There is a circle in the middle of four arcs pointing inward towards the circle. At the bottom of the logo is a blue bar with the words “Fund for Education Abroad” inside of it*
*Video is a screen recording. Person is typing in the Google search bar “funds education abroad felix gonzalez” and searches. The results appear, and the mouse clicks on the first link, which reads “Felix Gonzalez, Author of Fund for Education Abroad”. This pulls up Felix’s journal and the person scrolls down the page and clicks on a journal entry, “Protactile Solidarity….” They scroll through this blog, and the screen fades to black*

Nichelle Steffen


*a background picture of the land in Uganda with bold white letters in the center that reads “Uganda Internship Experience, Nichelle Steffen Spring 2020” A white woman with dirty blonde hair and is wearing a black shirt and light green jacket, the background is a wooden wall*
Hi, my name is Nichelle Steffen. I'm a graduate student at Gallaudet University and dual degree candidate in Deaf Studies and International Development.
This past semester I completed my internship in Uganda, an African country located on the equator.
I participated in a project called Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA). The project works across the country of Uganda; a country which is home to the second largest population of youth.
This project aims to support youth in accessing the labor market and establishing successful careers in agriculture.
My internship took place at St. Anthony's School for the Deaf a partner organization of YLA. YLA Procured and maize mill to the school while the school constructed a maize mill building and storage facility.
The two organizations worked in collaboration.
You may ask why the school needed a maize mill. The school was actually run as two entities; a school for educating students and an agribusiness.
The farm had animals, grew maize and fruits which are sold and provide a source of income to run the school. The ground maize now also provides daily meals for the students.
My role was to support the school through training for the mill. The surrounding community was invited to attend trainings to learn about the mill and the milling process. I supported the planning of these events.
Secondly, YLA provided a computer for the school to effectively and efficiently conduct business. So I hosted workshops on computer literacy for staff, teachers, and vocational students.
Third, I helped established a filing system for the business electronic copies and hard copies and explained about organizational processes and procedures, again to support the business to run effectively.
That briefly summarizes my role.
My experience in Uganda was a time of learning. From the time that I arrived and during the entire month and a half, I had to learn to reground myself. It was overwhelming.
Everything - my clothes, my food, my lifestyle, my people, the language- they were all different.
It was entirely new environment and I had to learn how to navigate that.
Be patient with myself and slowly by slowly I began to pick up their language, The Deaf students taught me their sign language by pointing and showing me objects and I began to acquire that language. I also slowly acquired a few words in Luganda, their spoken language.
It was a long process and the community was incredibly supportive. When I asked for help, they had my back and in this way I became more accustomed to the culture there.
One week, after being there a month and half, it struck me that I needed to invest more of myself. Of course, I was doing my work everyday and I was supporting the school, but, while the community supported me, I didn't feel as much as though I had invested all I could.
I started dialoguing with community members, talking to them about how I could bring myself into this work. Then one night, I fell asleep considering some possible ideas.
When I awoke the following morning, I received a message from the Education Abroad Program; I needed to return home immediately. I was utterly taken aback.
At this point COVID-19 had spread worldwide Trump had just announced a travel ban on flights from Europe to the United States, which was to begin that Friday. Gallaudet had made the decision to call students home. I was devastated, but decided I had to make the best that day and attempt to show the community how grateful I was for my time there.
To try to invest my heart however I could in the next 24 hours. It was a disorienting and difficult experience, but I did my best. I met with friends to tell them I was leaving. I was struck by the significance of every movement of our lives. The following day as I prepared to fly out, things were a bit challenging. Flights changed repeatedly or were cancelled. I had to get on a new flight; everything was in flux. My itinerary was scheduled to fly back to DC, but I informed the Education Abroad Program that I would actually need to fly straight home to Minnesota.
I have no place to stay in DC as the dorms were closed. They immediately rebooked my flight which was a relief.
Many people, some at high levels at Gallaudet also contacted me to make sure I was safe and those a part of my internship program showed up for me as well.
I was reassured knowing that I had people behind me who would ensure I could get home. Once I arrived home, it was difficult to maintain communication with the Deaf school.
Their power has been out and internet access unreliable. I did have some communication with them, but have not continued my internship with their school.
Instead, I connected with the organization conducting the YLA project, Chemonics International. They are an international development firm and conduct projects worldwide.
I work directly with their Gender Equity and Inclusion team to development a document on inclusion of Deaf and hard of hearing people and what that entails.
The project was also done with the support of Deo, a Deaf intern from Uganda. It has been an excellent experience arriving home and having the chance to continue my work.
Additionally, I hosted a Webinar for the organization which was a platform to share my internship experience and the significance of establishing intern programs. Interns of course gain from these experiences with the chance to learn professional skills, but organizations benefit from these opportunities, too.
We can bring ourselves and lived experience to this work, This is essentially an exchange of knowledge and a rich experience for all individuals involved.
If you are considering traveling abroad, go for it! Gallaudet will be there to support you.

Angie Bedoya

(Cape Town)

*a latina woman with long black hair and glasses, she is wearing a black buttoned! shirt, the background is in the corner with two white walls and a picture on the wall on the right side*
Hi everyone! I want to introduce myself first before explaining about my internship.
My name is Angie Bedoya, I was born in Colombia. But I moved to the USA at 4 years old. Because there was no deaf education there.
I was raised in New York, Long Island. Now, I’m a senior and studying in business at Gallaudet University. I’m also interning at I LOVE COFFEE in Cape Town, South Africa.
I recently learned about CIEE, related to study abroad and intern abroad during my studying at Gallaudet last fall.
Honestly, I never thought of internship abroad at first but I decided to do it because it was a great opportunity.
It was my first time to visit South Africa, Cape Town but I am glad to take a chance to see and what is a real as a traveler! I’ve always wanted to travel to see all over the world and hope to travel more after getting a lot of experiences in South Africa!
I really enjoyed learning about South Africa’s culture and a beautiful table mountain and some of the old buildings. There is a great history at the Slave Lodge Museum, it’s so heart-breaking but interesting as well.
Also, there are some nice restaurants with good food! I understand there are many resources that are very behind than the USA and Europe.
One reason is that I’ve arrived in Cape Town because I learned about I LOVE COFFEE, where I am currently interning for 8 weeks. As I’m interning at the shop called I LOVE COFFEE, its common for the coffee shop when you like to order a coffee and some great good BUT.. this shop is different and unique because there are deaf staff!
It is rare to see this but it’s so great opportunity for me to learn about this shop and how it became successful after three years! It’s a nonprofit organization and an award-winning social enterprise staffed by the deaf.
It helps members of the deaf community shine as baristas and chefs at the cafes. It’s so great to have experience because I am deaf and my intention of learning how a social enterprise works, how one integrates Deaf and hearing staff as a team.
There is some challenges, but I Love Coffee has learned to grow and better. My work is to connect to this mission by helping to get an idea and to improve with these deaf staff to due to their experiences but keep the business running and communicate well.
My goal is to leave with a better understanding of operating a business and establishing a great team. These skills will enable me to start my own business one day, but continue to support I LOVE COFFEE, of course! We share our passion for the Deaf community and I am an addict of coffee because I’m Colombian which is a perfect internship for me, but I am so thankful for my supervisor, Jessica Combrink who gave me a chance to learn about it, helped me and taught me some new things and make a lot of experiences.
I met a great team who are deaf while enjoyed to learning some South Africa sign language too. They’ve made great food and kinds of coffees! So delicious! If you are all interested to go there and learn more about it when you will travel to Cape Town, they are such nice and welcome you all!
I hope you all will enjoy learning some South Africa sign languages, plesae help yourself to enjoy your coffee and food! Thank you so much! Last thing, I will take a video these deaf staff and I LOVE COFFEE looks like. I will show you all, see you there!
*video tour of the location inside and outside of I LOVE COFFEE*
Hope you like this short video of I LOVE COFFEE!
Thank you so much for watching! Love you all! Bye bye!

Jarvis Grindstaff


*a white male with brown hair and beard, he is wearing purple shirt, standing in from of green background*
My name is Jarvis Grindstaff and I am a Master Student majoring in International Development and MPA.
I was recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship a few months ago, that is wonderful news for us.
I was awarded the scholarship to conduct research in Thailand.
My proposal focuses on Deaf people in Thailand and their access to VRS, Video Relay Interpreting.
I will gather information about the impact, how Thailand will motivate their Deaf people and provide accessibility.
I have two tips for anyone who is planning on applying for a Fulbright scholarship.
During the application process, there are different categories you need to fill out such as your interest or what you will propose, your biography, and your application. Ask many people for feedback during your application process.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. I received over 20 people's feedback.
People are experienced in different things so all of their perspectives were helpful.
For example, I asked someone who is an expert in technology to look at my proposal to see if it makes sense and if my technical language was correct.
I asked a specialist in Deaf education about how Deaf people petition.
I asked different Professors for the perspectives and to help with editing my grammar.
My roommate doesn't know anything about international issues but that is important to me because He could read my application and let me know what was not clear.
Perhaps the people who will review my application do not know anything about international issues or disability issues.
So my application was edited to make sure that my terminology was clear and simple.
My second tip for you is to start your application early. I started mine in June, it would be better to start in April or May. It can be a frustrating and tiring process but do not give up, keep going!
In August or September, the application is due to the campus. There is a committee who will help you further revise your application.
Then in October, you submit the final application to the National organization.
I hope my tips were helpful. Thank you for watching!

JamiLee Hoglind


*a video is being shown of the body of water in Stockholm, Sweden, words appears in the bottom left corner that reads “Stockholm, Sweden, Summer Internship - JamiLee Hoglind". Fades to black background then shows a green background with a white female in black shirt and blue jeans*
Hi! My name is JamiLee Hoglind. I am doing an internship here in Stockholm, Sweden.
*a video of plane flying in Sweden, driving past the plains in Sweden, buildings, people, highways, over a bridge, fades into black*
I am doing graphic design for a deaf organization called: Swedish National Association of the Deaf Youth.
*video of walking toward buildings, a building that reads “Valla Park”, elevator moving up from fifth to sixth floor, elevator opens, put a id badge to scan, showing around the surrounding of the organization. Showing shelves, books, the desk in the office, meeting room, kitchen, taking a biscuit to eat, fades to black background*
I am responsible for layouts, editing, gathering old pictures and videos, making templates for magazines or brochures, pictures and flyers, and various short clips.
Gathering all these and moving it around to make viewable. There was a lot of self learning tutorials I had to watch
To figure out how to do these projects.
*fades into black background, then shows the site of an Instagram page of the organization, showing different pictures Showing the organization’s Facebook page Walking in the hallway, the office* Pretty cool. There are some Deaf employees who are born and raised in there, Some were new and just joined, and some temporary.
*video of Midsummer Festival, people gathering around in the park, pushing a post up, Women’s 5K Marathon - women marching and jumping, Gronalund Amusement Park*
One thing I really liked in Sweden was having Fika everyday at 2 pm. Meaning it was coffee and fruit tea break.
Just a few minutes of Fika - drinking coffee and socializing - then heading back to work.
Since then I learned a lot of independent work, being patience, self focus, and discipline.
This experience gave me the understanding that my work was as equally important as others work.
And this work reaches future generations, Deaf children, and Deaf youth!
I want to also thank Gallaudet Education Abroad department for making this possible and happen for me.

Joseph Antonio


*A male of color in a black shirt with a long black hair and black glasses*
Hello, my name is Joey Antonio.
I am a student involved in the project called Connecting Capitals
under Motion Light Lab (ML2) at Gallaudet.
Bozar in Belgium partnered up with Gallaudet and created a program with around 20 Deaf students!
Right now we are doing a cultural exchange with digital media
Why? Because technology is taking off!
We Deaf individuals have to figure out how can join with consideration while the world is still continuing to oppress us.
How does Bozar [in Belgium] and America connect?
Through video chat frequently.
Sometime we discuss history, experiences, stories, knowledge, as well as involving presenters who represent their work and their progress on how they arrived to success especially as an ASL Deaf individual.
As we watched them present, we felt inspired.
DEAF-SAME can do all of these various things!
After that we went ahead and set up this creative project called “My Culture, My Story”.
You can find this on the website,
It includes various stories from each Deaf individual.
That project will impact me forever for sure because we went and came back exchanging cultural differences, privilege differences, and historical differences.
It was a rich experience for both groups.
Still we collaborate through hands on projects, interaction, meeting new people with new ideas - ones we never thought of.
Very valuable.
Always encourage those other students who haven’t had this experience.
Go and encourage them to travel because you never know the world is bigger than what we expect it to be.
We have to continue to keep an open mind and heart when we interact with various cultures.
Because each individual have their own reasons and you can’t assume that you share the same as everyone.
We become a better person in the world if we continue to learn, that will become a part of us.

Alberto Sifuentes


*a Latino male in a white shirt with colorful letters on the left corner of the shirt that reads “DCVA”, the background is white*
My name is Alberto (LSE name), Alberto (ASL name).
I was one of the group of classmates with the study abroad trip to Madrid, Spain, where we stayed for a month.
I want to share my experience with you, but it is impossible!
But I can tell you it was one of the most fantastic experiences!
You know if you are taking a course prior to going abroad, you'll learn about another country, history, politics, food, and many things or what to expect.
Yes, I paid attention in my class, discussions, presentations, etc., but it did not really "hit the nail on the head."
Once I arrived in Madrid, Spain, I was kinda and overwhelmed with all the new things there in my first week with their culture, buildings, food, and the city itself.
We stayed in the right heart of Madrid, Spain, where you can see a lot of tourists around in that area.
My friends and I decided to roam around outside of the tourist areas in Madrid where we saw real Spanish food, people, clothes, and so forth!
Often we avoided any American chain restaurant food. We threw ourselves in and explored Spain's food every day!
What was my most favorite thing to do in Spain?
I went to more than 12 or 13 museums around and in Madrid when I had the opportunity to visit!
Two of my favorite museums are Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo de Historia de Madrid, formerly the Royal Hospice of San Fernando.
These museums explained how Madrid was set up in the 9th Century, and how it became a big city!
The city is 'the Desert City' with the mountain on the side of the city.
Another thing about their food... you know, we usually do eat a large dinner.
But not in Spain... they eat large plates during the afternoon instead of the evening.
At first, I did not believe others who said that Spain's food is more healthy than American food, but it's true!
And I did feel more healthy.
When I returned to the USA, it was somewhat bittersweet for me
If there is ever any opportunity to find a job in Madrid, indeed I will move there.
We also went to Valencia, Spain to visit the Deaf Community and their city.
By comparison, Madrid and Valencia both are different.
Valencia is right next to the ocean.
Madrid is more of a city and more people, while Valencia is more quiet.
Not only that, Valencia's LSE accents are a little different than Madrid's Deaf/HoH communities.
Madrid's Deaf community is more fast and Valencia's Deaf community is more laid back.
Anyway, we took two courses: Lengua de Signos Española and theater classes.
My experiences, wow!
It was my turn to learn a new language. Hearing Americans must feel the same way when learning ASL.
Now it was my turn to experience the same when learning LSE.
I really enjoyed this.
Now, the theater classes. I have to tell you, I am not a fan of theater, and yes I have done a lot of presentations, but theater? As an Actor?
Then, during this three weeks, I discovered I was a pretty good actor.
You have to understand we were not allowed to use English or American Sign Language during class time.
We had to communicate in LSE the entire time.
Sometimes I was confused.
Things got much easier as the course progressed.
My most favorite experience....
Oh! The weather.
The temperature wasn't that bad... something about the Madrid air that made it tolerable.
I really LOVED the Deaf community in Madrid.
We loved our teachers! We love their styles and their approach.
There's a big difference with our teachers in Madrid than in the USA.
American teachers have strict boundaries, while our Spanish instructors were much more engaging and interacting with us.
I have never gave my teacher a greeting like I did in Spain.
Oh! My favorite thing to do daily when going to class, theater, or anywhere was the walk to and from.
You'll always find something exciting or something new!
And sometimes I got confused because stores tend to close between 1-8 pm, the times always varied, but point was, some days the stores were open and the next they were closed at that time so every day you walked back and forth and things never looked the same.
The food....
Wine and cheese outdoors is a social thing.
We also had the opportunity to go to LGBT pride weekend during the third week I was able to grab this opportunity and experience for myself.
There's a huge cultural difference between Madrid and the US.
American social culture is clubs and bars, but Spain is more outdoors and there's different festivals, which I got to experience, that are outside events where everyone freely mingled.
I wasn't used to that!
When I went into bars or clubs, they were almost empty.
Everyone was outside!
If I have another opportunity to go to Madrid, I would go for it!