If you've never visited a botanica, be sure to make a special trip this shop in southern San Antonio – basically a religious superstore for Santeria, a synthesis of Catholicism and African folk beliefs from Caribbean slaves. You can buy Get-Rich candles, Do-As-I-Say floor wash, Jinx-Removal air freshener, Get-Out-of-Jail oil and Stop-Gossip soap, all for a few dollars apiece.

The store also stocks books, herbal teas, incense and good-luck charms. Papa Jim’s motto is ‘Whatever Works,’ and it must work for some – the botanica has been around since 1980.