Nonfiction

I’m Basic: Collecting Souvenir Postcards

There’s a reason it’s a cliché: postcards make good souvenirs

Dr. Casey Lawrence
Globetrotters
Published in
8 min readOct 9, 2023

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Image created by the author with Canva, containing the two surviving photographs from her 2012 trip to Paris

When I was a senior in high school, my French class had the opportunity to go on a March break trip to London and Paris. I saved up all my babysitting money to afford to go on the trip, which would not only be my first time in Europe, but my first-ever “tourist” experience.

For my birthday, just a few days before I left Canada, I got a purple digital camera. This was 2013, so despite taking lower-resolution photos than your average phone today, it was state-of-the-art at the time. My Blackberry phone could take grainy selfies, but this thing — whew, it took like, real pictures. And I was so excited to use it.

You see, I don’t have a very good memory. I have something known as aphantasia — I don’t think in pictures. My memories aren’t stored visually. So in order to remember what things look like, I need photographs.

I became an avid photographer on my six-day trip. I must have taken upwards of 3,000 photos. I lived that entire trip through the camera lens because I didn’t want to forget a single moment of it — and I was becoming quite the amateur photographer, too.

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
Globetrotters

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.