When I went on a solo road trip along the US West Coast ages ago I needed something to remember the trip by in addition to pictures. I was looking for something that’s ‘travel-sized’, relatively cheap, and durable.
And more importantly, it needs to be something that stays off the floor or shelves. I’m not a particularly avid duster, neither is Jack, and the least thing we want is to have a collection of dust covered figurines or snow globes cluttering our dusty shelves.
I never really thought of lapel pins until I found myself in Disneyland surrounded by hundreds of irresistible, shiny, uber cute pins of Lilo and Stitch, my favorite Disney characters at the time. Well, lapel pins turned out to be a great souvenir to collect and I’ve been a very happy bee looking for lapel pins wherever we happen to be traveling to.
You can tell from the pictures there isn’t any method to the madness. Sometimes I get one for a particular site/attraction, sometimes I get one for a city, but lately due to logistic and weight, I’ve been getting one from each country instead.
I’m of course hoping that I can keep growing my collection during our RTW trip. But I honestly can’t tell how common they are outside of the western world. I know I haven’t been able to find any in Indonesia (but that’s ok, we made up for it by purchasing large quantities of wall hangings — off the floor, see?).
Jack prefers to collect patches but those are even less common. So I don’t know… if all else fail, there are always the pictures (note to self: figure out hardrive backup solution).
But I do love having those lapel pins on my wall. They add colors to the room and they take up such little space.
They remind me of the memorable times we’ve both had as couple, while the empty wall stands as a reminder that there’s so much more out there that we have yet to discover.