Yesterday I went to delightful, quaint cupcake boutique called “Las Manolitas” with the girls from my Spanish language class. I suppose there is nothing distinctly Spanish about cupcakes…the outing was, however, unique to Alicante both because of the atmosphere and because of the company with whom I went. Where else, but abroad, can one enjoy scrumptious dessert and Spanish-only conversation with friends from places as varied Japan, Maine, Korea, and Due West? I’ve been so blessed to spend my daily three-hour language class in the company of these lovely ladies. We have a great time working together, along with our wonderful teacher Natalia, and our time in class is punctuated by peals of laughter over various misunderstandings, and—increasingly, now that we can communicate better—good-humored joking.