While travelling I always have this feeling that what I am living in that precise moment will, one day, disappear from my memory and it will only be remembered as a sort of dream. I wonder if any of you have every felt like this before. So when I travel, I always try to seize the moment by taking photos of the things surrounding me.
Using the camera is one of the methods I use to remind myself of my travels, to tell myself: “hey, I have been there and I have the proof”. Not only the proof to show other people but mainly to show myself I really visited that place in that moment.
Another way, besides taking photos, to remember my travels is buying souvenirs. Yeah, buying souvenirs…you might see it as a mere shopping impulse but it is not like this. I am not those kinds of people that get carried away and buy anything and everything on the spot, I normally meditate a lot before purchasing.
Same goes with souvenirs; I do not buy souvenirs without a reason but I do buy them to remember my trips. The kind of souvenir I like the best and also have a collection of, is the miniatures of the main landmarks of the city or the country. For instance when I went to Osaka, I bought a miniature of Osaka Castle, when I went to Vienna I bought a small vesion of the Stephen’s Cathedral and so on. I must confess they are not always that cheap but for me they are really worth it.
It is satisfying seeing all these monuments lined up on my desk in chronological order. My eyes sometimes fall on one of them and immediately a lot of fragments of memory pop out in my mind.
Another kind of souvenir, which I like is sending postcards, not only to my friends and relatives but also to myself. I have piled up endless postcards in my shelves. When I feel down or upset, I open it and I see these piles of postcards full of dust so I start leafing through them and I am brought back to those moments and those cities I visited.
Something else I often buy are also the flag of the country I went to visit, my room is full of them. I collected flags from every country I visited. Flags are not only a symbol to recognize a specific country but also tells a lot about its history for example the eagle printed on Austrian flag is a reminder of the mighty family of the Habsburgs or you know why the Nepali flag is so weirdly shaped? Those triangles the flag is made up of symbolize the mountains – not by chance Nepal has on its territory the most important mountain chain on earth – and we could go on forever.
You can see souvenirs are not just a mere shopping impulse or some meaningless gifts brought to some relatives or friends but sometimes they can also symbolize something for you by reminding you of the places you visited and maybe even by teaching you something about them.
How about you? What do you think about souvenirs? What are your favourite kinds? Let me know in the comments below 😉