This is my kitchen a few days before our move. We are not packing up. Aside from a few small things, Everything stays here which has made our jump across the pond much easier to a furnished rental apartment. Waiting until we find a permanent place to live in New York City, we are taking only clothes and essentials. Later on we will move more of our personal effects. Time to start over in a new space.
Essentials for me would be shoving pots, pans, cookie sheets and cutters, extracts and decorating supplies into as many boxes as possible. However, baking supplies are abundant and available in NYC and in most cases, more economical. So I need to take a deep breath and let go. As much as I would love to bring the contents of my kitchen with me, those are not the things I will miss about our home.
My walls and kitchen here are filled with mementos from numerous travels all over the globe and I will miss them.
When I first started dating Dr. B he was a flying doctor. His work sometimes took him to several countries a week. On our first official date he had just returned from bringing a patient home to Germany from Bangkok. As a joke he presented me with a plastic pink flowered cell phone case he bought in the night market. As our relationship developed, this became became a tradition. He would arrive back with something funny, kitschy or tacky from every place he went, even if it was a hastily picked up tchotchke purchased at the local airport.
Over those years, I received a magic genie lamp and curled and tasseled turkish slippers from Istanbul, stuffed koala toys from Australia, sno globes and thimbles from all over the planet. The sillier, the better. I had two elegant golden curio cabinets mounted on the wall where I kept everything. It was our joke.
The truth is he is not a collector, other than those things he procured for me, he never shops in his travels and is a minimalist at his core. Everything he is bringing to NYC fits into a few suitcases. I am the opposite. Those love token gifts were crammed into their own designated spot because I take my travel shopping seriously and I needed room everywhere else to display my finds. Our walls are covered with handmade items and art pieces from all over the world. When I look at them, they not only remind me of where they came from but more importantly, I see each face of the person who sold them to me.
Here is a little tour of some of my kitchen/dining travel finds:
|Spice baskets from Cambodia|
|Pineapple shaped nesting wooden bowls from Hawaii|
|Hand painted rice bowls from Indonesia|
|Hand painted tile mirror from Costa Rica|
|Hand painted wooden trays from Florence, Italy|
|Lacquered soup bowls from Hanoi, Vietnam|
I prefer to buy food in tins as often as I can. As the tin outlasts the contents, I am left with a lovely useful souvenir. Here are two of my favorites.
|My kitchen witch marionette from Prague is supposed to bring luck to the home.|
|Nesting bowls fron Hanoi, Vietnam with eggshells lacquered into the exterior|
|Nesting (ha!) hand carved wooden turtle shaped platters from the Maldives|
|Salad bowl from Cannes, France|
|Spice grinder from Istanbul|
|Stone platter with embedded fossils from the Atlas mountains, Morocco|
|Hand painted tin fish hooks from St. John, Virgin Islands|
|Wooden bowl with embedded cinnamon from the Maldives|
|The cinnamon stick pieces make a beautiful design and the bowl itself smells amazing.|
|Hand painted napkin rings from Moscow|
|Wooden inlaid coasters from Sorrento, Italy. Their scenes of the Amalfi coast remind me of several trips I made there.|
|Felucca themed kitchen rug from Egypt|
|Extra large spekulatius mold from my favorite thrift shop here in Germany. My MIL explained the different designs. Saving that for a holiday post.|
|These hand painted wooden boxes from St. Petersburg, Russia hold lots of cookie decorating supplies|
|Elephant themed table runner from Laos|
|Hand painted ceramic bowls from Lisbon, Portugal|
|Hand woven mats from Grenada|
|Hand painted covered casserole dish from Strasbourg, France|
|Tagine from Marrakesh, Morocco|
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