Do you have something special you always buy at every destination you visit? Maybe a patch, sticker or pin? Or do you buy a more traditional souvenir to display on your shelf, reminding you of that time you went to Hungary or England?
Over the years I have collected all sorts of travel knickknacks. As a child I collected thimbles everywhere I went. At one point I had over 200 thimbles from everywhere I had ever been. Then I sat down and asked myself, “What the heck am I ever going to do with 200 thimbles!?”
Over the years, I have moved from collecting thimbles, to shot glasses to T-Shits & sweaters to postcards & stickers and everything in between. Unfortunately, I’m terribly sad that most of my travel knickknacks are back in the States packed away in a box deep in the closet. Over time though, I bring my travel treasures back to Germany with me.
My most valued travel souvenirs:
Every country I visit, I “borrow” a beer glass. I have many many more where there came from, but they are in the States 😦 I am especially proud of my Oktoberfest Maß glass (not pictured) and my Dult Maß glass.
My Polish Pottery
When a friend first told me about the beautiful pottery from Poland, I knew I had to get some. We took a day trip to the small pottery town of Boleslaweic and bought loads of pottery and I definitely need to go back for more!
Bosnian Coffee Pot and Lamp
I rarely am overcome with the need to buy big, expensive souvenirs when I travel, but a recent trip to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina changed that. These are beautiful hand painted, handcrafted souvenirs and this trip was extra special. I was nervous about our safety in Bosnia when we sporadically decided to drive into Bosnia for the day, but it ended up being an amazing afternoon, for which I am glad we went.
My Postcards & Maps for Scrapbooking
Therefore, my most valued souvenir, is my Travel Scrapbook Journal. Since being in Germany, I have had to convert my hardcore scrapbooking to Journal Scrapbooking due to limited supplies.
I really love collecting money from my journeys which do not yet use the Euro. Coming from America, it all looks like Monopoly money.
Christmas Market Cups!
I also like to “borrow” these from the Christmas markets I visit around Germany. Although, with the 2 € Pfand, technically I paid for these cups! They’re just so cute to have at home when you have friends over to drink some Glühwein during the holiday season!
My Matryoshka Dolls
On our first and only visit to Budapest, Hungary I knew I needed to buy something traditional as a remembrance of one of the most awesome trips of my life. I know that these can be found all over Eastern Europe, but for me it said Budapest.
My Brazilian License Plate
In the summer of 2003, My family and I traveled around Brazil & Argentina with a few stops in Uruguay and Paraguay. It was a memorable trip and so amazing. I just wish I hadn’t been a grouchy teenager and enjoyed it a bit more! Had this made by people on the street selling them. We bought it, they ran away and made it and came back 10 minutes later.
And finally…. my pride and joy
My Loreley Limited Edition Bierstein
When I studied abroad in Heidelberg in 2007, I told myself I would NOT leave Germany without visiting the Loreley, after all, that is my name! And when I saw this, I had to have it!
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