This trinket has been with me for nearly 10 years and it looks more gorgeous as it ages. It is a keychain charmed with the Charro button (botón Charro). The Charro button is an ubiquitous piece of jewelry and the symbol of Salamanca, a province of Spain.
There are various theories as to how the Charro button came about, but its origin can be traced back to the medieval times during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The buttons were used to decorate the outfits of the native villagers of Salamanca.
Today the Charro button (and frogs too) is the main item to be taken as souvenir by the tourists of Salamanca. You will see it as home decor, magnets, earrings, rings among others.
Looking at this memento brings back so many wonderful memories of my travel in Spain. I went to Salamanca in 2006 for a two-week cultural immersion program together with other Filipino students. Short of a time as it was, it felt amazing and made me realize how much I love traveling and exploring new places. I lived with a foster family and under the care of the household matriarch Soraya. I attended Enforex for language classes, and was able to tour Madrid for a day and watch a Real Madrid football match at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Now this is inspiring me to write something about my whole trip. Let me gather the photos and I’ll come up with something soon.
From your own collection of souvenirs, which one is your favorite? Share your stories on the comments section below.
A response to “Travel Trinket and Memories Challenge”.