A barista at my local Starbucks is from Taiwan. I first talked to her when I overheard her saying she would be leaving for a month to return to Taiwan for Chinese New Year. Since then, I have learned she also teaches Mandarin at a nearby school. I shared with her the news about our adoption, and our efforts to learn some Mandarin phrases before our next trip to Taiwan. With her, I feel like I am getting more than just a cup of coffee on my trip to Starbucks: I’m getting the added bonus of practicing a few words and phrases, plus tips for when we travel. It’s a good reminder, too, I need to be spending more time learning the language…I haven’t been as diligent about it the last couple of weeks.