Personally, I have found myself with a small collection of miniature animals from some of my and friend's trips. Sitting on one of my bookshelves are a woolen turtle and rabbit from Mexico, a carved owl and brass elephant from India, a stone water buffalo from South Africa (thanks, Spencer!), and a painted turtle yo-yo from Louisiana. They remind me of the places I saw, whom I saw them with, and the experience of being somewhere new.
Do you have any particular collections from your travels? At what point did the collecting become intentional?
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Image: My menagerie, photo by Kim Rinehimer