Is there anything special you like to bring back from your holidays, I wonder? A little something to help you remember each place you have seen? Gifts for family? Or one big we'll never-forget-with-this-on-the-wall grand souvenir? Me? I like lots of little pieces
You all know by now how much I love a holiday museum or four. The gift shops are an added bonus! Always for postcards or guidebooks, though I sometimes still pretend that I'm six and buy a pencil sharpener or eraser, a nice notebook maybe, but nothing too large. I like to see a country through its small things.
I'll jump into a newsagents or a corner shop to check out the magazines while the others roll their eyes. She can't read them, they say, she just likes to look at the pictures. I looked for Scandi scrap mags this year. I couldn't find any, though in Belgium I did find one about fashion blogging.
In Copenhagen I found a grey and white tshirt to add to my collection of stripes and I'm still a bit sorry that I walked away from the bargain denim dress. Too big, see, not for me, for my suitcase.
Whatever I buy I like to bring home in its original wrapping and then I like to keep it that way for a couple of weeks before I take it out of the bag and set it up where I can see it. Kind of prolongs that holiday feeling, like waiting for Christmas in August. You can probably guess who chose what here. The one who loves to cook also loves to collect new and interesting varieties of sweets; and in her endeavours she is spurred on by the man who has a dream of Polar Exploration. He brought back a tin mug from his trip aboard Roald Amundsen's Fram. From one ship to another and then home. With happy memories.