Extreme Hoarders: Souvenir Edition

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These are Tom Haverford’s (Parks & Recreation) wise words. Hi, my name is Yasmine and I hoard memorabilia like there’s no tomorrow. I’m no hoarder in the Leslie Knope sense of the word, but throughout my years of traveling I have collected my fair share of plane tickets, maps, postcards, and entry tickets to a wide variety of parks and landmarks. However, when it comes to souvenirs, I’m not one to buy a T-shirt, two keychains, five pairs of socks, and 30 postcards in every place I visit. I’d rather come back from a trip with 2 or 3 souvenirs that actually mean something to me. Here’s my 5 favorite souvenirs that I have brought back from all over the world.

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Partir, c’est mourir un peu

My grandmother is a very wise woman. At the age of 78, she has been through a crazy life and she is still one of the most badass women out there. She lived in Africa for the better part of her life. And with three children who have lived abroad for 3, 5, and 10 years, she has had quite some first-hand experience with the concept of “leaving”.

She also speaks French. I love that. But more than anything,I love the wisdom she has imparted to me over the past 23 years.

Partir, c’est mourir un peu.

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