Everyday I seem to walk by a hundred souvenir shops. Struggling to find something touristy has never crossed my mind, so today I went in search of an Australian sticker to add to my (extremely) limited travel collection. This was inspired by my recent post The sticker on my laptop. I had a wander around Circular Quay and The Rocks as these are easily two of the most tourist-friendly areas of the city.
I couldn’t find a great sticker anywhere.
I found some good ones, but none that really stood out. I looked for koalas and kangaroos (I know many of you wanted this as my choice!) however the ones I found looked very cheap and pretty bland. I guess tourists simply want a sticker of a kangaroo and they will always be bought by passers by, so quality is not an issue for the seller. I looked in convenience stores, tourist information centers and everything in between. What originally looked like too much choice turned out to be not much choice at all.
I was hoping for a kangaroo with the flag on it, however I didn’t see a cool enough kangaroo. I was also tempted by a couple of aboriginal style designs, however I haven’t researched aboriginal culture enough to know whether what I had bought was a true reflection of their art. I am sure it wouldn’t look good if I was to promote aboriginal art and be so far from what it is. It is much easier to admit ignorance here.
I also like the shape of Australia. There aren’t too many countries in the world able to boast about not having to share borders, we Brits can (for now, who knows if we will break apart one day) but for an island the size of Australia, that is pretty special. There also aren’t too many countries in the world that bother displaying the outline of their nation on stickers or t-shirts. Going back to Texas, which isn’t a nation (yet 😉 ), this is a state that really enjoys displaying their borders wherever they can. It is a unique shape that is easy to remember, an interesting article on this can be read here. Whether the state border is used for breakfast waffles or as the layout of a local swimming pool, the shape is used everywhere. I like that some places use their geographical layout and this is why I like this new sticker.
What do you think? As I grow my collection, I will try to find a sticker different to the last. I guess I will have to find stickers that are smaller to fit… maybe have sizes that are relative to the length of time I stayed in the country. Both US and Australia are year long stays, so these are accurate so far.