Funicular Cups

“What in the world?” you might ask.  And it would be the same question I asked myself as I took them out of the dishwasher!  This is just too funny.

G and I both loved the coffee cups when we spotted them.  We’d just ridden the most scenic funicular in Valparaiso… a wonderful old wooden rail car on a steep incline.  The city of hills is full of them, and they’re actually on the list of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures.  We weren’t on a quest to buy anything, but these colorful hand-painted mugs were too sweet to walk past.  They would be the souvenir of this grand voyage, and we’d remember the wonderful journey for years to come as we drank good coffee in the mornings.

I’m glad I snapped this photo back on the ship and enjoyed looking at them nightly.  Today I ran them through the dishwasher, and it turns out… not just hand-painted, but hand-painted and not fired!  Ha ha!  The paint sloughed itself into a messy little ball.  Actually, one seems to be salvageable as a pen holder.  Oh what a fun memory.

Here we are at the top of that fun ride with our lovely Ms Prinsendam in the background.


10 Responses to “Funicular Cups”

  1. Kim Mann says:

    Lucky you only drank from them one time! Poison, and all that. Ha ha ha!!!

  2. Sandy says:

    Ha! Never even drank from them! Just ran them through the dishwasher to get them ready. We laughed and laughed. The “pen holder” has most of its little scene still on it.. but the part that says “Valparaiso, Chile” now looks more like “Lot pisa”. =)

  3. While we laugh with you about the fading souvenirs, Sandy, you have shared a very valuable tool for memorabilia. Photographing multitudes of children’s art projects reduces clutter and preserves their “preciousness” for years to come. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Sandy says:

    Thanks Carolyn!
    I always say that photographs are my favorite souvenirs… and sure enough… they’re the true “keepers”!!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Carolyn, funny you should mention that. Through the years it has been the only way I’ve ever gotten my daughter (who is now 27) to part with ANYTHING. Once I thought of taking a picture, she was ok with disposing of some things. Sandy, so sorry about your cups, but you prove to us again what an amazing spirit and attitude you two have! I know some folks who would still be bemoaning the “disaster” and putting themselves down for making a “bad” choice. Learning to laugh when things go wrong and remembering what is most important in this life…priceless. Looking forward to more of your sharing! You are just too good to your readers!:)

  6. Sandy says:

    Cheryl, I believe you’re just too good to me!

    You know I love to write… and that you take the time to read my things always puts a smile on my face!

  7. Betty Williamson says:

    Great story, and hurray for remembering to take that photograph first! Sometimes the unfortunate stories make for the longest-lasting memories. I’m betting this will be one of those cases. I dare say the person who made and sold these to you has never even seen a dishwasher, so also a good reminder to us to count our many blessings, no? Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sandy says:

    Probably they just thought I’d be clever enough NOT to put them in a dishwasher! Ha!

    It was another delightful day of this delightful vacation… and a good reminder to me to stop buying coffee cups!!!

  9. joyce says:

    it is probably a blessing you did not drink out of them first and no telling what the paint had in it…lol..glad you took the pictures and can laugh at it…I bet you will remember from now on, if you buy more souvenir cups or mugs to take a picture before washing them too…probably most things from foreign countries like that are not fired first…enjoyed the story..

  10. Marcea Clive says:

    Well, now that you have one as a pencil holder you can just have that many more memories everytime you look at it. You will remember when you got them and you can laugh at the look that must have been on your face when you removed them from the dishwasher.

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