I have just collected our latest souvenir from our last holiday. My house is full of mementos from holidays and from places we have lived in our nearly 39 year of marriage. You can certainly not call our home minimalist.
I have tried to de-clutter, but it’s so not going to happen. I look at things and strait away I know where they came from or what I received it for and who from. Memories like that are irreplaceable. When I look on television program’s like 60 minute makeover, most time the designers are replacing everything in the home and it ends up a sterile and impersonal place. If somebody would do that to my home I would be crying my eyes out. They would have wiped out all the memories and personality from my home.
However lets get back to souvenirs. When we were young and on a limited budget we used to buy postcards, and we still do. Now we also buy them for our daughter and three grandchildren. My husband sometimes works away in different countries, and the grandchildren love their postcards, and learn about the places he visits. We also love buying pictures on our holidays, and try to buy them from the people who draw or paint them. They are normally cheap, and we have it framed when we get home. The latest we bought in Mombasa, after a road trip down from Nairobi, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo. Seeing the magnificent Kilimanjaro was the highlight, it’s a very iconic view.
I also buy jewellery, never expensive ones, but something that’s different. I still got my silver necklace with a trumpet I got from Spain in 1978, and still love it. I have got lots of Kazuri bead necklaces, which are made in Nairobi. Kazuri means small and beautiful in Swahili. I have visited the factory were they are hand made, and so the necklaces are even more special to me.
Do you buy souvenirs and have you still got them, or have they ended up in a car-boot sale? It would be interesting to find out what is your favourite and why? Please let me know. Enjoy your holidays and souvenirs.