It is often said that people have a spiritual or otherwise profound connection to a place. It seems that these "connections" can range from the place of one's birth, to a place visited only once. One comment that I have heard comes to mind: Once you have been to Africa you will never get it out of your heart. Another comment that just caught my attention was about a Hawaiin who was described as being deeply spiritual about the land in Maui. Personally, Peru had a similar effect on me. When I think of Peru, I am filled with a sense of music. But it isn't because I was always hearing music when I was there. It is more like a sense that life in Peru is musical... and it was absolutely infectious. I am reminded of the so-called Latin spirit - perhaps that is what people mean. I have a cousin who fell in love with the Latin spirit of Ecuador. She lived there for a year while in high school and was hooked. Now, as a medical doctor, she plans to return to Ecuador and live there. When we talked about it, it became clear that her feelings about Ecuador were very similar to my feelings about Peru. And she knew exactly what I meant when I mentioned the sense of music! It was precisely her sense of Ecuador. Why do we sometimes form intense emotional connections to one place, but not others that in principle are just as nice or nicier? Why would I feel so fond of a place where I had to use false names and take different routes every day as a precaution against kidnapping; a place where the houses are surrounded with 220 volt electric fences; a place where a $40 cash gift can make a man cry?