It really doesn’t take much to make Peru feel like you’re back in the states — at Oscar’s house at least. On Sunday Mads and I were sucked into a lazy afternoon of watching movies with Oscar’s three kids, sprawled out over his living room couches. In between the flicks, the kids kept flipping through TV stations, finally landing on Animal Planet, and for half an hour we watched footage of kittens rolling around houses, exploring their new surroundings while the narrator called out their cute names like “Oreo,” but with a Spanish accent. It was actually pretty surreal. Animal Planet never snuck its way into my life before, but here it was in full bad-TV form speaking to me in Spanish and throwing cuteness in my face. It’s funny what trends spread and actually catch, and before you know it America is everywhere.

September 29, 2013