I lived in Finland for a year during college. I was an architecure student and studied in the school where Alvar Aalto once taught. While I was there, I worked really hard on building architectural models of my designs. But when it was time to return to the States that summer, one sad fact loomed over me:I couldn't take the models home with me. Had I not been a poor student at the time, I would have paid to ship them home. But the expense was too great and my luggage was too small. So do you know what I did? I cleaned up my room when it was time to move out (I had a bedroom of my own in an on-campus apartment I shared with two MALE Finnish students - not sure how that happened!). When all was completely empty, I took the models and set them up on the desk in "my" bedroom, hoping the new occupant would appreciate them. Most likely they moved in and tossed them in the garbage, but this approach saved me from the heartbreak of doing it and I can always dream that the new occupant being delighted with the gift.
Have you had to leave behind a loved item in your travels? What have you not been able to take home with you?
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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