In the last few days, as I wandered around home, I found myself alighting on various travel souvenirs from some of my favorite trips. I'm not a big souvenir buyer, but I realized just how much these meant to me and it also hit me hard just how much I'm missing being out in the big wide world. So I wanted to share with you some of my Top 5 travel souvenirs and the personal stories behind them, that have helped create an amazing life full of meaningful memories and connections. I'd love to hear about your most meaningful souvenirs...drop us a line in the comments below.
Here's my #1 favorite from Bangkok, Thailand
The elephant seems to be my "spirit animal". From the restaurant we owned back in the Cotswolds, England in the 1990s called "The Country Elephant" to my connection with the real live version in northern Thailand in 2009 and with African elephants just this past November, they seem to have a calming and healthy effect on me when I bring them to mind, and they pop up in one form or another at important moments in my life. So much so, that my lucky charm is now the tiny elephant I purchased from the huge Amulet Market in Bangkok, where the corridors are lined with stalls whose only wares are thousand upon thousands of sacred trinkets bestowed with varying protections. My little friend currently stands on my work desk, but I know he's ready to be slipped back into my carry-on bag again as soon as he's allowed.
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