What souvenirs do you buy when you travel? I collected pins in the past. Now I buy flags, magnets, scarfs and local products like wine, sweets or chocolate. Memories from trips can also be “home-made” when running short of cash.
When I left Argentina and moved to Italy I had three suitcases, a one-way ticket and lots of lessons to learn. Getting settled abroad: going to the university, being homesick, trying new food, struggling to fit in. One thing is what you pictured, another one is what you experience.