One of the things that I’ve heard from some of my classmates here when they talk about the U.S. is that they were surprised how huge the U.S. is when they visited it. You don’t have to tell me that. I come from the second largest state in the Union. It takes forever to travel over Texas. You can go to all sorts of different Spanish cities over the course of a month, and traveling to a new Spanish city is a weekend trip. In Texas, that would be the sort of thing that you would have to plan for a while.
Europe feels more connected than the U.S. in many ways, which is partly a function of its size. However, some of it might be the shared history and culture that a lot of these people have. They have a history that goes back thousands of years. In the United States, our history only goes back a couple hundred years, and it has been a pretty unfriendly one. I still here people at home complaining about the Civil War.
There are little things that you notice about Spain. People aren’t as likely to order ice in their drinks, which are also way more reasonably priced than most American drinks. People spend more time outdoors and less time in their cars going from one location to the next. However, most of all, you notice that this is a culture that is very old, and yet it is all contained in this much smaller area. It’s like you get more culture in every step in Spain.