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Mar. 3, 2008 (Day 37)

Recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious


I love to collect things from my travels. A long time ago, it began with shot glasses, and I still pick up a shot glass from every new city I visit. I don't actually drink much, I just love glass, and I like looking at the collection. It gives weight--a mass--to my continuing journey and exploration.

When I traipsed through a few countries in Europe two summers ago, I decided I wanted a few souvenirs that I truly couldn't get elsewhere. I also wanted them to be more than things that would collect dust on the shelf. I have enough of those things. But clothes I could outgrow. Hats I don't wear enough. And earrings are impossible unless they're stainless steel; I have a horrible allergic reaction to anything else. So it fell to necklaces.

I love funky, chunky necklaces, so I started picking up a handmade necklace from every country. In honor of this word being stolen from French, I'm wearing the necklace I bought in Paris. I love wearing these items because I always had a dream of being asked about something I'm wearing and being able to say, "Oh, I got this in Paris." It's silly, I know, but it's fun. My necklaces may not be the most exotic, but they are rare. I love those little artists' shops, and I love wearing my memories.

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