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Sightseeing

Souvenirs You Don’t Need

On my first visit to another continent, I really went overboard on the whole souvenir thing. So I can back from New York laden with miniature Empire State Buildings, New York taxis and all kinds of other stuff that’s now sitting in boxes in my garage.

Since then I’ve learned to loath souvenirs.

No doubt there’s a factory somewhere in China’s Guangdong Province than churns out plastic Empire State Buildings and Petronas Towers 24/7.

What better way to remember that trip to Kuala Lumpur than with a replica of the Petronas Towers?

What better way to remember that trip to Kuala Lumpur than with a replica of the Petronas Towers?

Who knows, if you spent a few years not buying anything Made in China, you might actually have enough money to actually go and visit China. Just like I did.

So now I just avoid places like this tacky gift shop at the entrance to Malaysia’s rather wonderful Batu Caves…

Batu Caves gift shop. The illuminated pictures of Hindu deities were particularly tacky...

The wonderfully eccentric Batu Caves gift shop. The illuminated pictures of Hindu deities were particularly tacky…

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