Ok, I promise this is my last post about my vacation. Several people have been asking to see what I brought home with me and I've finally taken the pictures. You might have noticed a reoccurring theme in our vacation - shopping. We did a lot of shopping. So much shopping that I had to bring an extra suitcase home.
The best part? It was guilt free shopping. I had been saving up for this trip for quite awhile, so all the money I spent came from that account. I didn't use my debit card once in those three weeks. It was pretty great.
If I was smart, I would have taken pictures of all the loot we got, not just mine. I just didn't think about it at the time.
We were in the airport ready to catch our flight to Taiwan and there it was - sitting abandoned and alone in the middle of the airport was "the" hat. It had clearly been left behind. I think the owner left it behind because a) it was broken and b) they realized how annoying it was going to be to get it home. All of my arguments flew out the window and Esther adopted the sad and lonely hat.
Oh it doesn't end there. As we are walking to our gate, Esther saw a set of 5 mini hats that were strung together for decoration. Est didn't want five because it was too long, so when she saw a set of three she asked how much it was. The lady said that it wasn't for sale because it was broken. Instead, she handed Esther four hats that had fallen off of the decorations and didn't charge Esther a dime. Not only did Esther get one hat, she got five - for free.
I brought them home with me because Est had the great idea to turn them into Christmas decorations. I would have said no, but the story is too good and now we have some great memories tied to these little hats. I already have some ideas. :)
Krit made a great suggestion - paint them! I do have that neon spray paint around here somewhere...
When I travel, I don't like to get souvenirs that say things like "I love NY" or "Someone in Thailand loves you." As fun as those things are, I want something I can use for years. Something that doesn't scream "souvenir" but leads to a story. I said before I left that I wanted to get one great thing for my future home.
That reminds me...I need to buy some shelves. It's BYOF (bring your own friend) day at Ikea on Saturday. Anyone want to join me?