I painted in Praha, Czech Republic recently for namesfest.net. They flew in a bunch of artists from Europe, Japan, Brasil, Russia, and the US. I met a lot of really cool people, and the trip gave me a refreshing perspective on things from politics to world history.
The US is very insulated from the rest of the world. Europeans especially have a long history of living together with different cultures and understanding each other. They seem to be very aware of and interested in world events, history, and culture beyond their own home countries.
Traveling, if you have the time and money, is a must.
Sometimes it takes me awhile to retouch and edit all the photos. Here are a few for now.
Big up to Honza!