Sunday, September 11, 2011

Marie's Souvenir Shop

I received a note today that a friend of mine in Washington, DC, had gotten her souvenir in the mail, which I'd sent from Darjeeling. 

Not surprisingly, we've had some hiccups in the mailing process. I'm pretty sure a baby-yak-fur blanket is sitting in Kuwait Customs, for example, and have no idea how to shake it loose. I've begun to send trinkets directly from the countries of origin, but this has not really worked out financially as shipping costs then are the same as the cost of the souvenir. I am not sure I can keep the souvenir shop going—though I will for the moment as I'm too disorganized to figure out what to do about it. It's in the link at the top of the page, where it says "Get A Souvenir!"

I've had loads of fun buying souvenirs for people. Here are some of the souvenirs people have gotten over the past several months.

Laura in Portland got the Ask to See Our Tongues
stamp, which my friend Sam's idea.
Kathmandu thangka that went to John in Ohio
Tintin here from Congo went to Larry in New York
This mask from Congo went to Lisa in Seattle.

Brazzaville textile and comb, Marrakesh painting, Ghana textile

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