I’m probably not the best shopper. I would rather wander off into the little alleys to seek out the quaint shops selling quirky handicrafts and hand-made jewelry than to step into swanky boutiques selling Gucci and Prada products you can find back home. Is it worth the trouble lugging them around if they’re available everywhere?
If I'm not too busy shooting dilapidated buildings or alley cats, I may still find time to buy souvenirs and small gifts for friends and family. YK hangs a bunch of little camels behind his door. The bells attached to the camels jingle each time he pushes the door, reminding me of my trip to Dubai years ago.
Sometimes I can’t resist a good buy…like the woolen shawl in a shocking pink. Amongst my stash are a suede bag, hand crafted necklaces and pendants, a cowboy hat, sapphire ring, hand-painted metal mug, tea spoons, crystal flowers, hair clips, a tiny pair of wellingtons and an old pair of Levis I got for $5 in a flea market!
But the most precious souvenirs I have are the dried maple leaves and acorn we brought home from Bend, Oregon. It’s souvenirs like these that bring the fondest memories.
Browsing at a night market.