Loosing my Korean tumbler

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On my third trip to Korea, a good friend of mine bought me a really cool tumbler from Starbucks. She got this as a present for me or 선물 as they say in Korean, to ensure I had good memories of my trip and meeting her.

I used it all the time when I came back to the UK. Sadly, just a few months ago, I lost it. Somewhere between travelling to work and going home, it fell out of my back pack and have I been mourning ever since. I searched high and low, but could not find it.

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Posting this loss on social media and having friends commiserate with me helped to soften the blow.

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It had lovely symbolic images of Korea. Take this mask pictured here..Korean masks have a long tradition and are used in a variety of contexts. This mask is a ‘Hahotal’ and are used to perform roles in a ritual dance dramas. I have one hanging on my wall gifted by my best friend.

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The tumbler also displayed other images of traditional Korean dance. These dancers pictured here could be performing for ‘Chuseok’ or harvest festival. They are wearing a whip like tail on their hats that they would spin when performing acrobatic movements. I have seen such dancers and it really makes for great fun and entertainment.

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Every time I used the tumbler in a cafe, it would become a conversation piece, that would lead to many interesting exchanges about a country that my friends were not familiar with.

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Fond memories were recalled and many. new friendships were forged.

Where ever you are tumbler.. I hope you are okay and have found a good home.

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