You don’t need to travel far to discover something new. It can be as simple as playing tourist in your own country and enjoying what that place has to offer. Even in a country as small as Lebanon, you’ll come to discover things very unique to each of its diverse cities.
While in Saida this past weekend, I found this spinning wind-blown souvenir (what’s it really called btw?) that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere:
Now, I’m sure you could probably find it in Beirut if you really looked, but it was fun finding a small souvenir to bring home from my day trip to Saida – as silly as that may sound. I ended up finding this for only 3,000 LL ($2) in an overcrowded shop in Saida.
This little toy also struck a particular chord with how I personally see my country. Stable, until a slight wind blows, causing it to spin out of control but it eventually stops back in place and you see the country for what it is: Resilient.
Anyway, that was just one way of looking at this toy. It’s fun to find these sort of pop culture souvenirs that may not be so popular anymore, but have a charm on their own.