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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:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. what a great idea!

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  4. black and white cookies for nyc :)

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  5. Lisa and Erin, those are such great picks!

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

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  7. 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

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  8. I have got in love with this!
    So great!

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  9. 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!

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

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  11. green tea kitkat from Japan is definitely a must!

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  12. How sweet! I love that idea!

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

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  13. Tara, oh yes! Those are so beautiful!

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  14. 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.

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

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  16. Kathy, I love it!

    Camila, confetti? :)

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