Souvenir shopping at Chichicastenango market in Guatemala.
Chichicastenango is a large market a few hours outside of Antigua. It’s held every Thursday and Sunday, and a slew of vendors take over the town, selling everything from tourist trinkets to tools to soap to live chickens. I managed to come away buying just one thing: a small blue weaving. I had wanted a big long one to match a table runner I bought in India. But I never found one I really liked. I’m rather particular. And I almost bought a giant wool blanket but didn’t want to carry the extra weight.
I don’t buy a lot of souvenirs while traveling, but I have been trying to purchase at least one nice thing in every country. I figure that whenever I move back it will be nice to have little pieces of my travels to decorate my apartment. There is always so much I want to buy, but I need to stop myself. Because there are so many countries worth of souvenirs left to see.