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  • The first time I lived in Russia I traveled there with my girlfriend and taught English. Over the winter holiday break, we went to Istanbul. This was my first time there.

    We saw all the sights, and I looked in every souvenir shop I happened upon, but no snow globes. Then, in the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, I found a snow globe of the Kaaba. To this day one of the biggest scores of my snow globe life. I have been to Istanbul two times since then, and this is the only snow globe I have ever seen. But it is of the Kaaba! Istanbul has done its job.

    This snow globe doesn’t have any snow, but little shiny flakes. Over the years the flakes have dulled, and you can barely see them. The glue holding down the Kaaba has disappeared, so when you shake the globe the Kaaba shakes around with it. Some of the paint has flaked off inside, adding more shakable matter.
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