We wear hats a lot in Curahuasi. All of the Quechua wear them, and I think we have picked up on their style. You really need them for the sun protection, because you are burned quickly walking around on a sunny day at 9000 feet. I remember my grandfather wearing a fedora to church every Sunday when we would visit Dallas. He was one of the only people I knew who wore a formal hat, and I thought it was pretty cool. Maybe that is why I enjoy them so much, or maybe it is the Quechuan cultural influence. Maybe they are just fun.