After growing up in a big city environment in Los Angeles all my life, it was challenging for me to get that "WOW" factor of going to new cities in the states, with the exception of New York, maybe.
So after a couple of years working in a big corporate culture, I decided it was time to take a mini-sabbatical. And I wanted a big change - new culture, new language and all around different experience. Where better than a city previously run by a dictator whose city streets are now packed "hasta la madrugada" (until dawn) with celebration and a crazy fun nightlife. Site unseen I moved to Madrid in 2003 and spent 6 of the best months meeting new friends and soaking up an incredilby friendly culture.
Hopefully, this is the first such excursion of many to come...