Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
5Trip End Aug 18, 2009
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Tip number 6, if you don't get it then just LET IT GO. You know when you're in a relationship and things aren't going well and your friends tell you to just let him go and if he really loves you then he'll come back to you. Well, uh, I mean, you ladies know what I'm talkin' about, right? Well, it's the same with shopping. If you do not buy something and then later you wish you had just remember that the world is chocked full of shopping opportunities and you don't have time to waste over lost ones. Tell yourself these simple truths, "I didn't like the color," "It was too small," "It wasn't quite what I was looking for." The truth is that there are a plethora of shopping opportunities out there and only so much time and money. I have passed up countless earring, necklaces, etc. and regretted it only to find something that was just right, just perfect at another shop and I was so grateful that I had not spent my money earlier and would then be unable to buy the "perfect thing." I have also been overly hasty and made purchases that I later regretted terribly. The purchases were just fine but I found something so much better later. Sigh. If only I had waited! Anyway, don't waste your precious time and energy regretting anything just love what you've got and move on. If you let something pas by and can't go back to it or someone else purchases it then it obviously wasn't for you and there is something else better down the road.
Tip 7, LAST CALL (aka airport shopping). Now I used to think that airport shopping was only for the crazy or those with loads of cash and nothing better to do, but Japan and Poland made me see the light. Some airports can be a great place to get wonderful deals and dispose of that last little bit of foreign currency. I usually don't have a ton left over maybe $20-$100, but I just hate the thought of changing it back at a bad exchange rate and paying commission too! So, which story to tell, which to tell... O.k., I'm at the airport in Narita (Japan, near Tokyo) and I'm trying to do some last minute shopping because I'd totally promised a few people that I would bring them something and was so busy taking pictures that I hadn't really gotten it done. Well, my step-father who is generally very on top of things read our itinerary incorrectly and we thought we would have 3 hours and only had 1. Well, he was a trooper to the end and we ran from store to store grabbing goodies, pushing them at the cashiers and paying as fast as possible. I was astounded at the decent prices and great selection. Kind of made me wish I'd listened to my own tip number 6 a little more. In Warsaw (Poland-awesome-Poland), I had a bit more time but just didn't want to exchange my money and lose a chunk of it and ended up purchasing some crystal vases, small glasses, a set of nesting dolls, and (sigh) a little more jewelry. I really should get help for that problem. Anyway, the prices there were so good that I tried to buy two small glasses and they informed me that the price was for a set of six! I had no idea. I then went buck wild and brought back gifts for my family. The airport in Krakow isn't as good, but I still found a beautiful necklace that I received so many complements on that it's hard for me to believe I just bought it last minute.
Narita (Japan) - excellent
Warsaw (Poland) - excellent
Krakow (Poland) - o.k. for jewelry
Dublin (Ireland) - not so good, but just kind of touristy stuff (postcards, pens, etc.)
Heathrow (England) - not so good, lots of high end fancy stuff but nothing really cool or a great deal
Here ends my tale of tips, I will still add a few countries that I've visited with lists of things that I thought were really cool. Enjoy!