Thursday, 30 July 2009
I've wished for this bracelet for ages.
I had the picture in my mind, but it took me some time (and not a few Google searches) to find out what I needed to do to make it a reality.
The idea is simple - enamel flags representing every country I've visited, arranged in order of when I first went there:
I bought the charms separately and linked them together - though Estonia and Mongolia are sufficiently obscure (apparently) that no-one actually makes the enamel charms, so I had to order custom ones from eBay.
They're made by various different companies, anyway, so at least those two don't really stand out as any more different than the others, though they are slightly more reflective.
My full list of countries, in order, is:
Spain*, Austria, France*, Germany, Switzerland*, USA*, Ireland*, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Cuba, Sweden, Canada, Russia, Mongolia, China.
(asterisks indicate countries I've been more than once)
I also bought the charm for New Zealand, on the grounds that I'm going there next winter... nothing like being prepared! After that I'll have to order more as I visit different places.
I really love having a record of my travels around my wrist, and it's already sparked a few conversations with strangers.