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Carmen Miranda Goes to Bali
Cartwheeling Kids
I'm puttin' on my tophat
The Fallacy of Prohibition
Sleeping at the Job
Gummy Squares
Toy Boats
One Photo, Please!
The National Sound
Same same, but different

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Lasting Impressions of...


  • Mestizo women wearing large, white plastic tophats under which long black, shiny braids hung, sometimes tied together with ribbon, and multiple voluminous skirts

  • Early 70's model Dodge taxis, souped-up and packed with at least eight people, belching noxious leaded-gasoline exhaust

  • Women toting loads of stuff (babies, groceries, etc.) on their backs tied on with mantas, or colorful blankets

  • Bicycles loaded down with huge piles of bright green guinea pig fodder

  • Signs urging people to vote for Fujimori, and signs urging death for Fujimori

  • Young kids selling cigarettes, candy, and postcards on the street (also presumably where they live)

  • Red plastic bags hung on poles and put outside the windows of small drinking establishments indicating the days when the local corn brew, chicha, was available

  • Bars competing furiously for the tourist dollar, including showing recent movies for free

  • Incanissmo, the revival of interest and pride in the Inca culture by the people of Peru

  • Lots and lots of dogs, roaming the streets purposefully, as it they had an appointment

  • Aggressive restaurant employees shoving menus in your face and then reading them to you, in hopes of convincing you to each at their establishment

  • Bad local TV, including a variety show that came on at lunchtime that featured one really horrible entertainer for most of one hour

  • Fast, cheap Internet connections