Stories/Souvenirs.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For those who dream of travel but are without the means or the time, Elin Aram's A box from offers tastes and tidbits of far-off lands. According to Elin, each box contains a selection of items meant to "tell the stories about cities [that] you haven't heard yet." For Tehran, there are threads of saffron, bright yellow sugar sticks, woven baskets that recall the multicolored rooftops of northern Iran; for Seoul, cold noodles and a collagen face mask.


Makes me wonder what I might choose for the cities I love: Pocky and a cat cafe badge for Tokyo; Nalgene bottles and prayer flags for Santa Cruz; Mast Brothers chocolate and a copy of Diner Journal for Brooklyn. What would you include in yours?

See more, here. Thanks, Fast Company.

17 comments:

Lisa said...

Oooh, I love this idea! For Berlin I'd add a magnet of the green "Ampelmännchen" (traffic light man) and a piece of the former Berlin wall.

Erin said...

For Philly I'd include a 4th Street Deli chocolate chip cookie (I couldn't very well include a stereotypical cheesesteak), and a little Libery Bell. Or a tiny figurine of Rodin's The Thinker, since we have the only other Rodin Museum outside of Paris. This is fun to think about! What would I include for Paris? Hmm.

Anonymous said...

what a great idea!

Marisa said...

black and white cookies for nyc :)

Shoko said...

Lisa and Erin, those are such great picks!

max said...

brilliant! this would be a fun game to play. such mystery and wonder!

Anastasia said...

Wonderful! I'd like to join :)
May be someone will be interested in getting a box from St.Petersburg, Russia - with all this "traditional" and more unusual russian stuff.
Anyway, Iadore people making this kind of projects

aliceinbo said...

I have got in love with this!
So great!

little t said...

You always find the best stuff.

For Galway, an aran knit, a claddagh ring.. I don't know what else. It's hard to put a city into a box!

Anonymous said...

i want one!

Shoko said...

T, so cool - what's a Claddagh ring?

Fai said...

green tea kitkat from Japan is definitely a must!

tara said...

How sweet! I love that idea!

A Claddagh ring is the Irish ring with the two hands holding over the heart.

Shoko said...

Tara, oh yes! Those are so beautiful!

Kathy said...

I love this so much! For DC, I'd put a paper cherry blossom, a reading room card from the Library of Congress, and this amazing granola called Hippie Crack from Baked and Wired, the best bakery in the city.

Camila Faria said...

What a sweet and fun idea! I kinda LOVE your box ideas. And I wonder what a "Rio de Janeiro" box would have...

Shoko said...

Kathy, I love it!

Camila, confetti? :)

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