There’s something about being a stranger in a foreign place that makes it easier to connect with other strangers. People with different backgrounds and experiences arrive at a particular place at a particular time and make friendships out of necessity and common language. It may not seem so different from making friends in the real world, but it is. What if everyone we met was just presumed to be a friend, right from the start? Not only does diversity help us see things differently, but more than anything, it reminds us how much we are the same. Thanks to Regina, Justin, Anna, Jose, Robi, Nick, Liam, Rich, Kim, J2 and MFC. In each of your big and small ways, you made my experience invaluably richer.