I received my first alegrías from a semi-regular taxi driver that I took a liking to because a) he knew an efficient route from my work to my house, b) his car doesn’t stink, c) his car doesn’t have stink covered up with crappy air-freshener, and d) I can understand maybe 70% of his Spanish. Carlos was supposed to pick me up one day, but after waiting ~30 minutes on the street with a dead cell phone, I returned to my office & called back to discover he was stuck in traffic somewhere & would not arrive in the forseeable future. Boo.
However, given the horrors of traffic here, I magnanimously decided to give him a second chance. He showed his appreciation through a gift of alegrías awaiting me in the taxi. And as you can see in the photo, they did indeed elicit happiness.
P.S. For any of my local readers, please feel free to correct me on any of the various likely-inaccurate facts mentioned above.