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Learn more than Spanish Language School, Bogota, Colombia. The second language school where I studied.
Gringo Tuesdays is a free language exchange, which includes free beer for people willing to speak English for the a couple of hours, so that the local community can practice their English skills. As the night goes on, and people become more festive, the event turns into a party until the early hours of the morning. This event was such an important part of the community — school started late Wednesdays to accommodate the inevitable morning tiredness.
Dance and celebration are a large part of Colombian culture, and integral to the communities I met. Where better to learn about the local community, and culture, but by immersing yourself in the epicentre of Bogota’s nightlife? Theatron is one of the biggest clubs in in the world, no less than 13 individual venues within the complex, playing varied music from Salsa to reggaeton. Unlike western night clubs, everyone was very welcoming here, you could dance until dawn with strangers, or learn about peoples lives, without any seedy expectations. The same principle applies to parks, plazas, and universities etc. — you can start a conversation with anyone. TripAdvisor review