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We also are not into "nick nacks". Most of our souvenirs are photos (in our cameras). We sometimes get mugs (one of my favorites right now is my Switzerland mug). I have a few caps (baseball style). We bought some sketches in Italy (and later framed them; they're really nice). My wife while traveling around the southwest accumulated a collection of native American pottery (real stuff -we learned how to tell the difference)**. Probably the biggest thing we bought was a kimono in Japan. We tend not to buy statues if the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or snow globes, or whatever. Some folks like that, but it's not our taste. To each his own.

Regarding shoes: if I plan on hiking I will wear my hiking boots. They are the biggest and heaviest footwear I own, so if I have to bring them I wear them. I will then pack my black athletic shoes (no design, just black so they can be casual or formal unless you look really closely). And I pack 1 pair of slippers for the room (hotel, cabin, whatever). That's it. If I'm not doing any hiking, leave the hiking boots and wear the black athletic shoes.


**As an aside, the native Americans never knew what hit them. She is from the Philippines where everything is haggled. They were used to dealing with people from New York, not Manila. We Americans suck at haggling.
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