Souvenir (from French, for a remembrance or memory) = An object a person acquires for the memories the owner associates with it
Also see: keepsake
What’s the point of a souvenir? To remind you of a place where you are not.
The souvenirs we choose to keep and display to ourselves and our familial worlds receive a place of honor on shelves of collected nick-knacks, walls and sometimes the refrigerator. Refrigerator magnets hold a special place in my heart as I experimented with the art form when living in Mexico. If people wanted a momento, couldn’t it both contemporaneous and magnetic? I recycled photos in miniature format, sometimes using buzzwords, other times photos of my friends’ weavings. Other artists, much, much more talented than myself would attractive alebrije-style magnets, depicting traditional designs and ball players. Alebrije master Arial Playas sold his baseball and wrestler-inspired magnets at La Teresita in Oaxaca City.
Translating: A souvenir is a reminder of a place where you are not.
Spanish: Un recuerdo es un recordatorio de un lugar donde no estás.
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