Souvenirs.

9/5/11


























In college, I gravitated towards shot glasses and t-shirts. Not only were my travel destinations limited, but so was my taste in souvenirs. I looked forward to the few trips I planned for months in advance. Not the most exotic or far-flung of travel spots, but to a college student with a weekly schedule full of exams and swing shifts at shitty retail jobs, anything was a welcomed getaway.

Nowadays, we're slowly filling our home with much more memorable keepsakes from our travels to remind us of the different places we've been and the people we've met. Textiles have been a current favorite, such as the quilt in the photo above, made of old skirts from Hmong minority women in Vietnam.

Another reason why I like buying things like quilts and fabric is that they're easy to pack. This is especially important for us because I'm not sure how we'll be getting our stuff back to the US when we eventually return.

Do you bring home souvenirs from your travels? What kind of stuff do you buy, if anything? Do you have a favorite?

8 comments:

  1. I try to bring back things that are small and practical but I do always look for stacking dolls (not practical!). My favorite souvenir is a tiny little red chair (dollhouse size) that I brought back from Sweden. It just looks so sweet on my shelf. For my last trip, I brought back 0 souvenirs. It's a little weird, but I was glad to not be fixated on finding something just right.

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  2. Sometimes I come home empty-handed, too. I'd rather not get anything than get a souvenir just for the sake of bringing something back.

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  3. I think fabric is such a great souvenir, and so often it's really specific to at least that region.

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  4. I usually try to find jewelry or a painting (no frame) also small and easy to pack, and a city Starbucks mug if that destination has a Starbucks. I have a pretty cool collection of mugs. I also love to get fabric or textiles. I have lots and don't use them but I know I'll be happy to have them one day. I do resist the temptation to buy a lot of items though. We lived in Brazil for 4 years when I was a child and my parents bought lots from all over and now it's all sort of in the way and they have a hard time parting with it.

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  5. Oh! Pictures are my favorite. I always put a photo memory book together from each trip that we take. That's the best souvenir.

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  6. well..i think one surely get some suveniers from a travel..sweet memoreis :)

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  7. @thestunzfamily Photos are definitely a great souvenir. I love framing some of my best ones and putting them around the house.

    @Muhammad of course! Memories are free and easy to pack. ;)

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  8. i always get a coffee table book with gorgeous pictures from the places i visit. like andrea, i'm a sucker for art. but textiles are a great idea!

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