after a most rigorous and careful audition process, the travel mascot for this exciting trip to South America has finally been selected!!
< the audience holds its breath >< someone at the back coughs >< a baby sneezes >
This year's winner* is...< drum roll >.. Thermo Bearbrick!! chosen because we believe he will
< wild applause >< wolf whistles >< a protest in the fifth row >
*the winner gets the chance to actually visit the countries and may even appear in photographs (a-la the garden gnome in french movie "Amelie")!
congratulations, Mr Bearbrick!