WIJCK Travel Souvenirs: Line Drawings From Cities Around The World

WIJCK Travel Souvenirs: Line Drawings From Cities Around The World

Since I first moved to Berlin in 2011, I’ve led a minimalist existence. I sold everything I owned to take a chance on a brand new life and since then, I’ve travelled pretty light. I spent my first 18 months in Berlin living in a holiday flat and later on, with a roommate. I never really bought any home accessories during this time, as I couldn’t figure out where I wanted to be just yet. When I moved home to Toronto for those two years, I pulled some old stuff out of storage and went to IKEA to furnish my flat cheaply. As I knew my stay in Canada would be temporary, I didn’t want to invest a lot of money into things I knew I’d end up selling or giving away. As such, I slept on a mattress on the floor for the entire time I was home. When I moved back to Berlin again four years ago, I first rented a room for a few weeks and then sublet an apartment. Nothing in either of these places was even mine, right down to the blankets and towels. With my job situation being so unstable over the years, I was also very reluctant to commit to getting my a place of my own. Two years ago, things finally did settle down, so I took the plunge and signed a lease. While the apartment is furnished, it required a big spend on the basics like kitchen gadgets, bedding, and more.

Yet two years in, I still haven’t hung any art on the walls. Even though I’m here for the longterm (I just got my permanent residency last month), I’ve have’nt done anything to make my apartment feel more like home. Recently something changed though and I’ve been feeling a serious urge to nest. Before you even ask – no, I’m not pregnant. I just have a deep need to feel rooted. Over the past month or so, I’ve taken some serious steps to make my apartment feel more warm and cozy, and well, more like “me.” I’ve filled it with plants, bought a mint green duvet with a sloth print from Urban Outfitters, and yes, finally some art. I ordered a brightly coloured Frida Kahlo canvas, put together a cork board filled with my favourite photos, and thanks to a recent collaboration with a company called WIJCK, I now have a line drawing print of Berlin that adorns my bedside table. 

WIJCK Travel Souvenirs: Line Drawings From Cities Around The World

WIJCK Berlin Line Drawing
WIJCK is an Amsterdam based company that designs line drawings of the world’s most iconic cities, neighbourhoods, and landmarks. Think of famous destinations like Paris, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City. The name WIJCK even draws inspiration from the Dutch word “wijk”, which means neighbourhood. Founded in 2016, WIJCK is now known as the premiere Dutch company for cartographic prints. Their line drawings can be found in more than 150 stores in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

Their prints make the perfect travel themed souvenir. Say you’ve enjoyed an extended holiday in Italy for example – just come home and order prints that bring back fond memories of shopping in Milan, taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, and wandering around the colosseum in Rome. Whenever you look up at your wall, those prints from WIJCK will remind of that glorious moment in time. If your walls are already filled to the brim with art, you can also consider buying one of their prints for friends or family.

This month they’re celebrating all things Berlin and well, why wouldn’t they? People love Berlin! They flock to Berlin for vacation and others like me, call Berlin their home away from home. Just for Berlin alone, they have plenty on offer in their online store – there are line drawings of districts like Charlottenburg or Prenzlauer Berg and landmarks like Brandenburger Tor or the TV Tower

Browse Berlin themed prints from WIJCK now: https://www.wijck.com/en/shop/?search=berlin

While WIJCK features art from more than 100 different cities around the globe, you can also request a custom design of your favourite place. All prints are produced on vintage paper and are available in five different sizes, with or without a black wooden or gold aluminium frame. The prints are also very affordable, with prices ranging from €10 – €40, not including the cost of a frame.

Whenever I turn on my bedside lamp, I smile when I see my Berlin city print. It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come in my journey through life. There was a time when I wouldn’t have myself capable of moving halfway around the world to call somewhere else home. Yet here I still am all these years later.

What do you think? Would you buy one of these line drawings from WIJCK? For which city? Let us know in the comments below.  

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WICJK Travel Souvenirs - Line Drawings From Around The World
*Disclosure – In order to let you know about cool travel souvenirs like these line drawings of places from around the world, I collaborated with WIJCK and inStash. As always, any opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Founder of cherylhoward.com. Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.

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