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What do you bring back from your European trips?

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This topic was prompted by a question about what to bring back from Spain.

For me, the short answer is nothing! It's already a chore to haul around a carry-on size suitcase and my shoulder bag without adding a bottle of apple wine to lug for three weeks.

Occasionally I regret the fact that I was born without the shopping gene--such as that time in Prague when I wasn't patient enough to wait for three minutes to buy the compact with the Mucha design on the lid. Or the time in Pompeii where I didn't buy the "Cave Canem" mosaic tile. Those times are rare, though.

When I lived in Japan and Germany I bought stuff to send to family, but when I was away from the foreign ambiance, I asked myself what I was thinking. The stuff never seemed to be stuff that anyone would use. A set of heavy German pottery beer mugs? A Japanese tea set? A huge leather hassock that had to be stuffed--with what? Newspaper maybe.

Nowadays if it weighs less than an ounce, I might be tempted, but otherwise...it's no go.

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