Souvenir Stories is a new series that tells the story behind someone’s souvenir. Chris from Real Man Travel was kind enough to write the very first one – many thanks Chris! Go here to share your Souvenir Story.
Do Souvenirs Find You?
Do you look forward to finding making or buying that perfect souvenir?
The common misunderstanding about souvenirs is that they will cost you a lot of money. I’ll tell you that in my experience, this is not always the case. A souvenir can be anything that takes you back to a moment in time by just looking at it. A magical time travel device, think of it like your very own DeLorean (minus the flux capacitor) taking you back to your toes in the sand, or on a road trip with friends, or in my case a football stadium 10 years ago.
My most memorable souvenir can be both a short story and a long story. It’s become a staple of my day-to-day life and it might be the only thing in my wallet that can’t be replaced. You see my most memorable isn’t a t-shirt, a shot glass, or even a photograph. It’s not a stuffed animal in a t-shirt, a wooden keepsake or even a fridge magnet. My most memorable souvenir is my “lucky” 1990 50 cent American coin.
We found each other on a snowy November Monday Night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin. This was my first NFL football game I’ve attended (Story told here) and for those of you who do not follow the NFL, Lambeau Field is the “Roman Coliseum” of professional football. It had recently been renovated and I convinced my brother and my best friend to make it a road trip to remember. This trip had already produced lots of memories I will carry with me forever, but it’s the memory of forging a connection with this unique coin (we don’t have 50 cent coins in Canada, although we seem to have one for everything else) that stands out in my mind the most.
That night a new friendship started. Well a rocky friendship anyway. After waiting in a horrendously long beer line up, I was given a pile of change from the cashier. Bingo it was worth the wait. Right away I noticed one coin was bigger. “Cool, we were meant for each other” as I tripped over the first step. “Wow that was crazy but I didn’t spill the beers” I assumed the coin was “Lucky.”
I told the guys when I got back to the seats, “Guys, meet my new good luck charm, my lucky coin!” I said excitedly. They laughed and I put it in my wallet. As we all know good luck doesn’t last forever. As the rain turned to snow we were soaking wet as our home team Packers fell behind the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. Shortly after I spilled my drink all over my friends shoes, and when the final gun sounded the Packers had lost by 3 points. Just like that my “lucky” coin and I had reached highs and lows and we were off to a rocky start. As I put it in my wallet for safe keeping, I could only hope for it to get better.
10 years and 2 wallets later I still have my “lucky” coin, Through the 10 years I have married the love of my life and had 3 beautiful girls. I have a great supportive family as well as friends. I have gotten to visit a lot of cool places after I found my coin. There have been downs too. But it remains right where I put it the day we found each other, and serves as constant reminder that things happen for a reason.
My name is Chris, I’m Married to the love of my life Amanda and we have three beautiful daughters. I have a deep love of traveling, especially when it comes to family vacations and sporting events. One day I decided I wanted to share my travel stories. Real Man Travel was created as an outlet for me. My goals are to inspire other men and women to do silly stuff and have fun when they travel. Follow me @RealManTravel on Twitter.