I have grown to love traveling and it’s been fun to have a husband who values it a lot too. Somewhere along the way–I think during my study abroad days in 2007–I started picking up city mugs from Starbucks whenever I visited a new place. On Chris and I’s recent trip to the west coast, we came home with six mugs! We had planned out extra luggage room for bringing back wine, but we ended up being thankful we had the space for all of these mugs as well.
Starbucks has gone through a few different designs over the seven years that I’ve been collecting. American Starbucks locations are currently running the “You Are Here” series, with smaller mugs that showcase colorful landscapes and skylines.
Each of my mugs tells a story. The Boston mug calls to mind my family’s love for the Red Sox, my husband’s hometown area… and his love for Boston sports too, of course! The Canada mug makes me think of growing up and becoming an adult, as I’ve worked with mostly Canadian clients over the past few years and picked this mug up on one of my first business trips to Toronto. The Madrid mug reminds me of my first trip to Europe, when I studied abroad in Spain and learned to navigate independence in a way I’d never had to before.
Starbucks isn’t in Italy, so my collection does lack a tribute to that country. Apparently, Starbucks ran a short series of Italy mugs in 2002… that were sold in the United States. You have to respect the seriousness of Italian coffee culture!
As I get older and strive to decorate our little condo in a way that seems “adult” and not too young or cutesy, I am struggling with how to display all of these mugs! Pinterest has surprisingly not been helpful. I’ve seen a few ideas like this and this and this and this, but nothing that will work for us yet. Our city mugs are currently piled on top of each other, somewhat delicately, on a baker’s rack that is visible to all who enter our place.
In an age of digital memories and transient experience-sharing, it’s fun to have physical objects that remind us of our trips. I am excited to see how the mug collection continues to grow.