I Bought a Zoo
I don’t buy much while traveling.

After all, I don’t have a house or an apartment to call my own and so, where would I put things if I bought them? I’m certainly not going to lug everything around with me everywhere I go and at the same time, I usually don’t see the point of buying something only to put it in storage.

With that said, over the past 13 years, there have certainly been times when I simply couldn’t resist. I saw something and I wanted it and even though I knew that it was going to end up in that one box I have in a closet at my mom’s place in the US, there was no stopping me.

And that, my friends, is how I ended up buying a zoo while in Oaxaca, Mexico just a few days ago.


I bought a zoo, sort of.

While wandering around the Mercado de Artesanias (Artisan’s Market) in the center of Oaxaca, I stumbled upon a small shop that sold some extremely colorful handmade crafts. And I’m a sucker for bright colors. So as soon as I stepped foot inside, I knew right away that I wasn’t leaving without a bag full of stuff.

And that’s how I ended up with an…


I Bought a Zoo - Octopus


I Bought a Zoo - Elephant

Cactus and Bird

I Bought a Zoo - Hummingbird


I Bought a Zoo - Lizard


I Bought a Zoo - Porcupine

Basically, I bought a zoo’s worth of animals that day, and for a mere $50 USD too! Those were the only things I bought during the entire month I spent in Mexico, and even though these aren’t exactly traditional cultural items, I found them to be irresistible (just look at that octopus!) and had no choice but to buy them all.

Of course, when I leave the US in a couple of weeks again, into the box they shall all go until the time comes for me to unpack them and place them on a shelf in a house or apartment that I can finally call my own. I’m sure it will happen one day!

So, my question for you is…

What do you buy while traveling? Do you think you would buy a lot or not much at all if you were traveling long-term?

Photo credit: Zoo entrance by Jim Moore