The map is very interesting. Have I purchased any of those items? See below for the answers.
Again, I tend to buy very little these days, but I still buy T shirts and refrigerator magnets, wine, and some candy, like Turkish Delight, wine gummies, and chocolate.
But you will see that over the years, I have purchased some things that I still have.
United Kingdom Yes, I have an umbrella from Wimbledon, as well as a cap, polo shirt, tennis ball, and coffee mug. I went a little crazy. Stick to strawberries and cream!
Netherlands I have brought home gouda, a collar for Lexi from the van Gogh Museum, a cycling jersey, and a hashish pipe (back in 1971).
France Wine of course, from Bordeaux, and Champagne, cookies, and many insults from the French people (back in 1971).
Germany Would you believe I bought a place setting for four of Rosenthal stainless? Long story, I shipped it back home for an old girlfriend.
Spain I have a great pair of leather golf shoes from Valderama, along with great memories of the topless beaches on the Costa del Sol. All great pairs!
Finland I bought some chocolate coated raisins for my brother.
Iceland Yes, more raisins for my brother, as he works in the raisin business!
Ireland I drank everything I bought there, except for the Templebar T shirts. I did buy a sweater, but gave it away in Istanbul.
Austria My waitress at the restaurant wanted me to bring her home, but I could not afford her.
Italy I brought back plenty of heartburn from the food and terrible pizza.
Portugal Would you believe I brought back several bottles of great, affordable single malt Scotch, along with a few vintage Ports?
Poland After visiting the Madame Curie Museum, I may have brought back some radiation!
Turkey I discovered Turkish Delight, and brought back a kilo! I wish many kilos. Nothing grander than the Grand Bazaar.
Czech Republic I would say Czechers, but you would not believe me. I discovered pork knuckle.
Hungary Yes, I brought back palinka, but gave it to my sister in law. How about tokiaji?
Romania After visiting Dracula’s Castle, I brought back the curse of Ion Tiriac (Ilie Nastase’s doubles partner and the richest man in Romania).
Switzerland Only memories of the best Grand Marnier fondue ever. I found out most of the world’s chocolate comes from Ecuador!
Scotland Plenty, golf shirts, golf jackets, wind shirts, balls, and great memories of St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and Turnberry.
Again, you may conclude that the memories and magnets last much longer than any trinkets. But I do have a suggestion. Just buy one or two items, of the highest quality possible. Do not buy junk! For those of you who collect things, just remember, someday you will downsize, and nobody wants your stuff!!!