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I think this souvenir style will quickly become a favorite of mine. It's better than those little shampoo and lotion bottles (my grandmother's linen closet was filled with them; no one ever used them), and matches are defunct, and these days they are on the "no fly" list. Collecting and buying things along the way can be expensive and difficult to handle as they grow in your suitcase. Our goal is to collect memories after all, right?
OK, I'll concede to the one (or three or five) items that are an absolute must-have from our travels. My clients often bring home fabric or a piece of art that will grace their home and bring the essence of the places they explored to their homes here in Colorado. When I'm not traveling, I am a decorative artist working with people who love to travel by helping them transform their spaces into a place where they will experience joy and happiness when they journey HOME. I am an artist, art therapist, explorer. I travel as much as I can. I love to explore a culture or a region by tasting food, looking at art and mixing with the locals. I too, have brought home things to help me remember the places I've been, but this souvenir helps me to escape my workday, take a mini break whenever I see it on my desk, or on my clipboard, and best of all it's free!
I recently traveled with a friend who pleasure travels, a LOT. This year she has been to Europe on 3 separate trips, Montreal, San Francisco, Vietnam, and then she'll be joining me in Mexico after Christmas. On our trip together this year (we went on an Aegean Tour; you can read about Istanbul, the delicious food, and the fabulous ornamentation in an earlier post in my blog) she asked me if I would mind if she took the stationary and notepads from each of the hotels we stayed in. Honestly, I had never given hotel stationary a second thought, but when I looked at the pad of paper on the desk--the rich Venetian Red, and the emblem of the historic Danieli Hotel, I have to admit, it would totally bring me back to a sweet memory of my stay at this opulent palace.
So when my friend is back at work, she writes her work notes, tasks, and various lists, on these notepads from her many travels. In the middle of her hectic days, she can glance at the headings and logos of the hotels and instantly be reminded of her explorations, the cafes, and the wonderful meals she had.
As far as notepads as souvenirs, I think she's onto something great. What small free or inexpensive souvenir do you collect to give you fond memories of your travels?
Now I think back to all the places I've gone, and I wish I had thought to collect the stationary back then...what a collection I'd have, and my desk , instead of being a place with looming pile of things that gotta get done, would be a place of fond memories of distant journeys.
Who am I?