Here are some of our favourite keepsakes that we have brought home from our travels

01

Tibetan Buddhist Bell & Dorje Set

I visited Tibet in May 2017 and really loved the Tibetan Buddhist bell and dorje sets that were being sold in the various markets. The dorje (which represents a thunderbolt) and the bell are held by the monks during prayer. Unfortunately, I procrastinated with my souvenir shopping and when I went to buy a set on my final day in Lhasa rolled, the items were nowhere to be found. The following month I was travelling through Mongolia and in a small market within the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, I came across a little old woman selling them. I snapped a set up immediately. I don’t really that I bought my set in Mongolia as it now reminds of both countries. – Nikki, Head of Business Development




02

Beaded Rungu Club

“When I was six, my parents visited Kenya and they brought back a Maasai beaded Rungu Club for me as a gift. The Maasai use them traditionally for hunting or warfare. Since then I’ve been fascinated by the different designs and beaded patterns of these clubs. I keep mine on the windowsill at home in case I need to go hunting! – Nico, co-founder




03

Guatemalan Mask

My young son loves animals and any keepsakes that I bring back from my Latin America travels. When I was staying at La Lancha in Guatemala, I found these wooden masks, which are worn during traditional dances. While the masks I bought are made for tourists, they are still eye-catching and beautifully coloured. They now take pride of place on my son’s bedroom wall – even if they are a little wonky thanks to my poor DIY skills. – Olie, Head of Americas & Polar Regions



04

Chinese Ice Bucket

When I was young my parents used to have a Chinese ice bucket that they bought when they lived in Asia in the 1960s. When I was staying at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong I spotted they had a similar one for sale in the hotel shop. I instantly snapped it up as it had lots of sentimental chilldhood memories. It’s now found within my drinks cabinet in the UK and is well used! – Simon, Founder and Managing Director


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