Name this song:
Now why would I ever stop doing this?
With others makin' records that just don't hit
I've toured around the world, from London to the Bay
It's "Hammer, go Hammer, MC Hammer, yo, Hammer"
Answer: U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer
Now, try this one:
How high? Real high 'cause I'm just so fly
A young lovable, hugable type of guy
And everything is to the back with a little slack
'Cause inside-out is wiggity, wiggity, wiggly wack
Answer: Jump by Kriss Kross
The point of the quiz: Nightlife for Madrileños
This week we went to El Chapandaz, a bar near the metro stop Moncloa that has been around since one of our directors was young. At first I was skeptical but then they started playing music from the 1990's and it was an absolute blast of a throwback. Each of us broke out in song while other patrons looked at us like we were insane. One of the boys, who you would not expect to know every word to "U Can't Touch This" absolutely did, and he rocked out like I had never seen him do before. We jumped, bobbed our heads and rocked out like Will Smith in his "Getting' Jiggy Wit' It" music video. We left El Chapandaz around 3:30 a.m. before we left to walk around the city for a bit. All of us arrived home at approximately 5:00 a.m.. You may gasp, that is permitted, but do note that this is early for people of my age.
I like to have fun just, like any average Marquette student, but I was not made for these late evenings. Or should I say early mornings? The youth, and even some of our señoras, leave their homes after dinner around 11:30 or 12:00 to meet their friends at a communal place before they set out for their final destination. When Madrileños first meet for the evening they sit around, laugh, casually have a few beers and when 1:00 a.m. comes around they head to the bar or discoteca. It's a nice change in pace than in the United States where the majority of the clubs and bars close around 2:00 but my goodness gracious a girl has to sleep and it can't be all afternoon!
Now, we don't do this all the time. We do study, we do relax and we do enjoy the small things in life (like sleep). However, I do feel lazy when my señora asks if I am going out, I say no, and then she gives me a look as if I have the plague. Nightlife is different here and the energy of the youth in Europe is quite different than that of the youth in the United States. We know how to have fun, that's not a question, it's just whether we want to stay out in time to grab churros and coffee in the morning at San Ginés and then take the metro home. Decisions, decisions. You just have to remember you only live once and it's not every night you get to jam out to MC Hammer and the Spice Girls... Just saying.