Our friends lived a few blocks away from a small, air-conditioned shopping mall. This was a convenient place to go for a quick meal or a cold drink, or just to go cool off for a little while on an especially warm afternoon. We found ourselves walking down there quite a few times during our visit. We approached the mall via a residential street, then a small footpath that connected to the parking lot at the back of the mall. For no obvious reason, there was a group of small, well-worn and in some cases broken, wooden carousel animals.