Last night I threw a surprise birthday party well not sure if you can call it a party as there were only four of us, for my dear colleague. I served a pear tart which I had especially made by our lovely local french baker and a mousse cake from a Japanese baker. The latter was quite a mission as neither of us spoke a word that the other understood but miraculously we managed. And we had a blast. I am seriously pleasantly surprised every single day of how much love and happiness can be shared between strangers (now friends). These women and I are so different in culture and appearance but our souls are the same.