After finishing my undergraduate degree, my best friend, Michael, and I spent the summer in Spain. Michael had spent his high school and college years in Spain and was celebrating completing his Masters in Spanish from Rice. It was a trip of a lifetime (well my lifetime, at least). It seemed that everywhere we went we ran into old friends of his. I saw things I'd never otherwise have seen—although I did spend a great deal of time "studying the wallpaper" when the conversations in Spanish grew longer than my attention span and conversatonal skills became overwhelmed.