Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Favourite Souvenir - My Jolly-Minded Truck

I'm joining Kate for the ‘Favorite Souvenir’ link party she is having over at Centsational Girl.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the weird and wonderful things people have brought home from their travels.  

I love to travel and try to go somewhere new every year even if it is just visiting a new town close to home.  One of the biggest trips I've taken was last summer when I went with a friend to Bangladesh for a month to teach in the Speech Therapy Department (you can read more about it here, here, herehere, here, and here).  We left ten months ago this month so this is a great opportunity to reminisce.

I had never been to southeast Asia before and wasn't sure what to expect, but it far exceeded my expectations in all aspects - it was definitely noisier and wilder then I had thought, but also more vibrant and colourful than I had thought it would be.  

One of my favourite things in Bangladesh were all the colourful trucks.  

When I think of transport trucks and dump trucks here in North America they are all painted with just one or two colours and have the name of the company on them.  Not in Bangladesh.  There the drivers spend a lot of time and energy decorating their trucks with all kinds of pictures taken from nature and religious scenes.  There are birds and houses and lakes and flowers painted all over the trucks and all done in bright primary colours.  It wasn't just the occasional truck that was like this either, they all were.

When we were in Dhaka and visited Aarong the fair trade organization that carries many souvenirs and crafts, I bought this little wooden truck that holds a special place in my heart.

One of our students in Bangladesh described someone as being jolly-minded meaning they were happy and that is definitely a term I would use to describe this truck - a jolly-minded truck!

My jolly-minded truck is often on our kitchen shelves adding a colourful reminder of the adventures we had in Bangladesh.

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Linked to Favourite Souvenirs Party at Centsational Girl


  1. What a cheerful souvenir. Love those bright colors. :) Bangladesh must have been an exciting place to visit! Visiting from Centsational Girl's Souvenir Party. Hope you'll stop by my blog post too. :)

  2. Those trucks are amazing! I didn't even know about them until I read this, thank you so much for sharing and for linking up today. Your truck is a treasure and amazing memento!

  3. Why do I need to drive such a boring car..? What if I bought a few bottles of spray colour and let my artistic insticts take over! Something to think about tomorrow when needing an inner smile... Thanks, Grace:)

  4. Grace,

    How fun -I love all the colors on that sweet little truck. I followed you over from the Centsational Girl's Souvenir Party. I would love if you stopped by my blog too.

    Thanks for sharing,

  5. What a happy truck. It truly looks jolly-minded. The colors are so bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing the picture of the real trucks.

  6. I love your little jolly-minded truck. It is so cute, and the perfect souvenir from your trip. I would love to be jolly minded this early in the morning, LOL!

    *love* your photos :D

  7. What a great idea ! I love your photos and the truck is a perfect reminder - I can see why you love it!

  8. Beautiful travel souvenirs! Fantastic post!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)