Swedish Souvenirs Are A Must-Buy For Sure, True or False or Maybe

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 0 Comments

Swedish Souvenirs Are A Must-Buy For Sure, True or False or Maybe

True or false: souvenirs are an important piece of any travel-tourist experience; it’s a way to bring back mementos, to be reminded of special moments in our lives and to hold evidence of those special times. It sure is true – at least that’s what a PHD professor at the Griffith University thinks. However, I think this has drastically changed ever since I started travelling as often as I can. True.

My motivation for souvenir purchases changed over the years, from country to country, city to city. I used to end up paying for extra weight due to compromising amounts of souvenirs bought from the places that I go to. Yes, cos I’m an Asian and that’s what we do. Lol. From magnets, gifts, foods, to what handmade stuff, you name it. I even had a phase when all I wanted to do was buy souvenirs instead of stuff for myself. Friends would joke around saying that my house probably looks like an antic store or a disheveled museum, since I stash a lot of things that I don’t really need. Then gradually, I outgrew the buying part. Settled with the experiences-keeper duty.

It’s been like this for quite some time until I visited Sweden. It’s as if I had withdrawal syndromes, and all I wanted to scratch was my credit card and just buy stuff. Blame this to my brother who couldn’t stop gawking around the cool souvenirs and inventions that we found here. Bacon mints, yes. Be sure to find some time to enjoy the fine art of souvenir shopping in Sweden! Let me know if it’s just me or what.

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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