[club] One night in Northern Spain sticks out in Libby Samanen’s mind when she reminisces about her recent trip to Spain this last summer. It was outside the best club in the city of Satander, called Racombole, that her American friends decided to retire from the evening at an early 11:00 p.m. Samanen, a communications and Spanish senior, was not impressed by the early hour at which her companions had grown drowsy. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she thought, “turning in at 11:00 p.m. in Spain is like turning in at 8:00 p.m. in America, and I won’t have it.”
Just when she thought her night was heading toward a pathetically early end, she spotted two energized females walking by. Libby had to think quickly. She asked them what they were up to, and they said that they were off on an adventurous night. With the friendliness typical of Spaniards, they invited Libby to join them.
[libby] One of the girls that she joined had short curly dark hair with the bright red highlights. She wore a blue mini skirt with a yellow and pink tube top. She even had bell-bottom leg warmers on, but she was “rockin’ them,” according to Samanen.
“It was cool to see that they are different, but we have so much in common, too. The girls were experiencing the same love troubles and all that. We saw that we had the same sorts of views on the world, and we all loved to learn about each other.”
While dancing with the Spaniards, Libby noticed that their moves were not your typical American booty shaking. “[Spanish men] are a bit more gentlemanly when they dance. It was refreshing,” she said.
That wasn’t the only difference Samanem saw in the men. She said many were wearing their hair in the style of the mullet, the business in the front, party in the back ‘do endlessly mocked and ridiculed in the U.S. Apparently, this style abandoned here in the 1980s, has, for some reason, taken root in Spain.
“I have seen some gorgeous men with mullets in their hair,” she said.
That night, three girls who were once total strangers from different countries took off their shoes, danced until dawn, and shared their lives with one another. Something clicked, and they spent the rest of the summer hanging out.
Samanem, who has been to Spain five times, recommends everyone visit the country and meet the locals. “The people are good at living for the moment,” she said. “They have a philosophy that one should not do anything tomorrow that one can do today.”

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