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1. Posted by spam (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

once, i almost bought two cute small green parrots in barcelona...but finally i didn't...it should be tricky to transport these creatures to finland then and then to russia...besides they would die from frost

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

A very large carved wooden fish (named Patrick). He's just about 3 feet long and 2.5 feet high, weighing about 10 pounds. We brought him back as carry-on when we flew home.

3. Posted by spam (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

hmm, a friend of mine brought home a huge wooden(special heavy wood from somewhere in tropics!!) eagle..absolutely ugly thing, but he is sooo proud of it that we have to like it too

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Does a man count? I mean...ummm......errrrrrrrr.....Hey! I have seen Patrick, and he is beautiful!

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting spam

once, i almost bought two cute small green parrots in barcelona...but finally i didn't...it should be tricky to transport these creatures to finland then and then to russia...besides they would die from frost

That's perfect. You could have spoken to them during your travels when you were bored, then eaten them on the way home

6. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

mmm, parrot kebab!

Last year in Thailand I bought a huge stock pot in Chatuchak market, I just couldn't find the right size in England for the right price. I had to pack it in my rucksack and pile shoes and clothes in it. At Bangkok airport they scanned our luggage and the blokes looking at the video had to do a double take and ask me what it was. When I saw the video it did look slightly weird to be taking a stock pot back with me!

We also had 2 axe pillows and a 2 foot woodcarving...even more fun walking through central London, getting trains with those and 2 65 litre rucksacks!

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

I bought four Nijntje stuffed toys in Holland, cost me a bomb! Had a heck of a time transporting them back because two of them were really big.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting loubylou

At Bangkok airport they scanned our luggage and the blokes looking at the video had to do a double take and ask me what it was. When I saw the video it did look slightly weird to be taking a stock pot back with me!

Watch the looks on their faces when you send a bag through the x-ray containing nothing but 20kg of seashells. The guy ran it through a second time and after staring at the screen for a couple more minutes, another agent came over to explain it was only a bag of shells.

On our way to Antigua, we made a 4 day stop in Florida to visit friends. We found a great bobble-head shark (aptly named Bob) at a gift shop. Quickly packing to catch our next plane, I forgot to put Beerman's moustache scissors in the checked luggage. (Bob was also in that carry-on.) While one agent apologetically confiscated the scissors, another one found Bob and "interrogated" us at length as to where we had gotten him. She was going to visit the shop to buy one of her own. Bob became a well-traveled shark - making a stopover in San Juan, PR and spending 11 days in Antigua before finding his home on our car's dashboard.

9. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

I carried around a lump of sand from the seabed about 100km off norway for two years.
I still don't really know why, but it was a bloody expensive bit of sand as it cost about £20k to retrieve it off the seabed. And i never even used it to make a sand castle

10. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

Another thing I have just remembered, it's not buying something in country technically...

when I was little my mum and dad used to take me on holiday to Malta and as there were certain things that couldn't be bought out there we used to take things over with us for friends. One year my parents were asked to get a winding mechanism (for rolling the window down) for a 1970 Ford Anglia. My mum and dad searched loads of scrapyards and finally found one. It was the strangest thing at the baggage scans to be putting that winding mechanism through all packaged up with a big box of Cadbury's chocolate, the package was huge too and very heavy!! The baggage people thought we were nutters.