Simon: This capital city of San Carlos, some thousand jet miles south of Miami, lies at the foot of a smoking volcano, on an unreclaimed swamp surrounded by steaming jungle. It's a place that no one ever visits unless he has to and having been here once, never comes back again. Even the mosquitoes avoid it. There are, however, certain other pests.
Simon: What is this, a pub or the Old Curiosity Shop?
The Old Curiosity Shop is a 1840 novel by Charles Dickens about an impoverished shop, and the orphaned girl who lives there with her grandfather.