Been There – Cusco

I now think that Starbucks Been There – Cusco mug had to be released no matter what since the Constitution of Peru designates it as the Historical Capital of Peru (it was the historic capital of the Inca Empire between the 13th and 16th century). It attracts more than 2 million visitors a year as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a major touristic destination.
The full review is yet to come, stay tuned. The photos were offered by the follower of the blog.… Read more

Been There – Panamá

Starbucks Been There – Panama was released earlier this year and is finally getting here.
This country is probably the best known for the Panama Canal, and while I am not seeing it on the mug specifically, here are some interesting facts about this wonder of the modern world:
– The first attempts worth mentioning were done by France between 1881 and 1894 but were halted due to numerous issues on the engineering side. The high mortality rate of the workers was also a huge factor – thousands died due to yellow fever and malaria.… Read more

Been There – Trinidad & Tobago

Starbucks Been There – Trinidad & Tobago is a mug for the southernmost island country in the Caribbean. It consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, of course, and many smaller ones. During the centuries of colonization, it has been under the rule and influence of numerous European countries: Spain and Britain and to a smaller extent France and the Netherlands. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962.
Interesting fact: unlike other Caribbean countries, which rely heavily on tourism, the economy of Trinidad & Tobago is primarily industrial with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals thanks to its large reserves of oil and natural gas.… Read more

Been There – Rio de Janeiro

Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) is joining BT mugs series with Starbucks Been There – Rio de Janeiro.
Did you know that the name of the city literally translates as the River of January? And the reason for this is pretty prosaic: Portuguese expedition under explorer Gaspar de Lemos first encountered Guanabara Bay on 1 January 1502 and named it Ria de Janeiro (“January’s Lagoon”). Ria became Rio (river) later and the actual city was only founded on 1 March 1565 under the name São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro.… Read more

Been There – São Paulo

Here’s another Brazilian mug for your collection: Starbucks Been There – São Paulo. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world with about 22 million people living in the metro area. According to historical documents, the city was founded on January 25, 1554, after Paul the Apostle.
These are some architectural elements to consider when visiting the city:
– I believe it is Paulista Avenue on the left to the handle which is a symbol and the center of the economic and political power of São Paulo where the headquarters of many financial and cultural institutions are located.… Read more

Been There – Brasil

There are three Brazilian mugs from BT series so far. Starbucks Been There – Brasil is the first one. As you can see, the Portuguese spelling was used. Using local spelling for mugs has been a common practice for Starbucks.
Here are some points of interest and symbols from the mug:
– The Amazon River is the largest river by discharge volume of water in the world. Did you know that the river starts in Peru? Peruvian part is also known as Marañón.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Oklahoma 2

There have been rumors about this change, but there was no evidence. Well, it is official now, Starbucks Been There Ornament – Oklahoma v2 is out. The only change I am seeing, that they’ve added an apostrophe to the “Boomers Paradise” so it became “Boomers’ Paradise”. Props to those collectors who make no big deal about the new version, but I can’t resist and have to have both in my possession.
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Been There Ornament – Pennsylvania 2

Starbucks Been There Ornament – Pennsylvania v2 is an updated version of the previously released mini mug. It brings two changes as far as I can see – the deer now says “Youse!” instead of “Youze!”, “TURN-PIKE” has the dash in the name. It seems that most of the recent changes for Been There mugs are related to dashes, I see them everywhere. That being said, it seems like a valid reason to release the second version, do you guys agree?… Read more

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