Monday, April 27, 2009

Shiny Shoes

Since I always wear a stout practical pair of walking shoes when I travel, I usually end up at some point getting my shoes shined, which is not only a good way to keep up appearances but also an excellent way to interact with the locals. Many famous people were once shoeshine boys including the Godfather of Soul James Brown, influential African American Malcolm X, shamed Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and current Brazilian president Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva. Super Shoeshine Fact: In La Paz, the capitol of Bolivia it's considered so shameful to be seen shining the shoes of a stranger for a living that most shoe shiners wear heavy masks so they can't be recognized.

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