A Little Bit of Festive

IMG_0016I thought you might like to see a slightly festive shot from the archive.   It’s in Iquitos in Peru, a town accessible at the time of my visit, by only either air or on the river.

I have no idea why there is a dolphin on top of the fountain, or indeed if it is a dolphin.  The Santa hat and scarf might be because it was November, but the idea of wearing a hat in such a hot humid place in the middle of a rainforest is a bit odd.

The ubiquity of the paraphernalia of northern cold climate Christmas iconography is very puzzling, isn’t it?  Why do you think that is?

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  1. It’s a bloody good question! Today, after a day at the market in seriously hot heat, I popped in to the supermarket on the way home to pick up some groceries. Everyone was mopping their faces and staggering from heat fatigue, and guess what was playing over the sound system – LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW. Only the irony was chilling.

    • Oh no. That is too ridiculous. Why aren’t there hot climate Christmas songs?! Is it all Northern Hemisphere Imperialism?

      • Yes. Yesterday was even worse hell – Bing Crosby dreaming of a white christmas on auto replay, at the Kalk Bay Market. 36 deg.
        I believe there is a small group of indigenous people in the last remaining natural forest in Papua New Guinea. I’ve decided that, next year, I’m going to join them. If I take my own tent, I’m sure they won’t mind. And there’ll be none of this rabid &*^%ing consumerism and packaged tradition.

      • A few years ago I decided to go trekking in the desert in Morocco – remote and Muslim, I thought I’d be safe from Christmas, but no – they wanted to help us celebrate our festival with them, and the crew decorated the mess tent with tinsel, an inflatable Father Christmas and an inflatable Easter Bunny; there’s no escape!

      • I’m finished!!! where’s the picture?

      • I’ll have to look it out for you. It’s in an album somewhere……

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