We all appreciate the opportunities that travel affords us to see new things, and many of us have fun making new acquisitions in the process. Sometimes, even without meaning to, we begin collections of those souvenirs.
My dad used to collect little pins from American cities we visited as a family. My mom collects interestingly-shaped shells and rocks, including a smooth, curving stone that reminds her of the madonna and which she found while walking the beach in Alaska with her sister.
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