Heading out to World Youth Day? Don’t forget to pack some small flags, pins, stickers, bracelets, pens, key chains, rosaries, prayer cards … really, anything that says something about you or where you come from.
Covering several World Youth Days over the years (my first was in 1993 in Denver), I’ve been amazed by the type and amount of items young people have collected from other pilgrims. Trading trinkets is a WYD tradition and a good way to meet and greet people, especially if you’re shy or you don’t speak another’s language.
So gather up some trinkets to take on the road to Sydney. You’ll end up with a surprising collection of remembrances from your Australian adventure.
PHOTO: A hand-made trinket you might find in Sydney. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)