"I am from Brasilia, Brazil. I have been in Washington for 12 years now. I love shining shoes. I started shining shoes on Capitol Hill, working in the Congress. I shined shoes for Congressmen and other people who worked there. They were all very nice. My boss was Brazilian and he taught me how to shine shoes.
"I don't really like to talk to people when I shine shoes unless they want to. Sit down and shine, that's it. I have magazines and newspapers so you can read about the world. I have a few customers who speak Portuguese, otherwise it is all English and Spanish. Now, because of the snow, business is pretty good."
Ines works at the Washington Square Hair Salon at 1050 Connecticut Avenue Northwest.