Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Souvenirs from Colombia

One of my favorite things to do in Cali is find souvenirs, and the more unusual they are, the better.
Back home, I love how they catch my eye on my dresser or on a shelf above my desk, and remind me of a moment, or a story, or a loved one. The Cristo Rey statue reminds me of the trip my dad and I took up to the mountaintop one windy day. My Conchita cup from Juan Valdéz came with the cute burro and reminds me of delicious granizados, iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk, shared by my family and my brothers' families on a hot afternoon in Cartagena.

 This little metal piece of art was created  one cool and clear night at the Belalcazar Statue. A caleña made it for us by bending one long wire as she spoke to us about her unique craft. Under the star it says, "J y C," Jeannie and Chris, then O for Olivia, and N for Natalie.
There's no leaving Colombia without the trademark fabric art with it's bright, bold colors and designs. I remember pouring over all my choices until I decided this pink-haired girl with chickens all around was for me.
What are your favorite souvenirs? Where are they from?

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