Been There – North Carolina 2

Remember when I’ve asked you to stay tuned to see whether North Carolina will get v2? Well, it took Starbucks almost a year to introduce the fix into the regular mug. Again, the Christmas version came fixed already. Anyway, here’s Starbucks Been There – North Carolina v2, where “WHITE WATER FALLS” has been changed to “WHITEWATER FALLS”. For your convenience, I am posting a collage of all three mugs together. What are your thoughts, guys? Is the change worth to have both mugs in your collection?… Read more

Been There – Lima

Starbucks Been There – Lima is the only BT mug for Peru so far. Not sure why they decided to do the city prior to releasing the country, but that is how it is.
Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru, it was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro under the name City of Kings (Spanish: Ciudad de los Reyes). This name lost the battle with time, though and the local name of the oracle – Limaq (“talker”, “speaker”) took over.… Read more

Been There – Colombia

I am wrapping up Colombian BT mugs with Starbucks Been There – Colombia. It has a distinctive design with green and yellow colors.
– The huge hat on the front of the mug is Sombrero Vueltiao, which literally translates as “turned hat”. It is a traditional Colombian headwear made from caña flecha, a type of cane that grows in the country. The production of the hat is a pretty long process and might take days or weeks. The strips of cane have to be dried and prepared in a way that they look uniform and can be easily bent.… Read more

Been There – Cali

Since I only have one picture of Starbucks Been There – Cali mug, this is considered a preview with the expectation to give it a second look when pictures of all of the sides will be available to me.

Santiago de Cali (which is the full name of the city) – is the capital of the Valle del Cauca department. With access to the Pacific Ocean, it is the main urban and economic center in the south part of the country.… Read more

Been There – San José

Starbucks Been There – San José is the mug for the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. The architecture was chosen as the main motive of the design. Here’s what I was able to identify:
– There is a statue of León Cortés Castro on the side of the mug. He served as President of Costa Rica from 1936 to 1940. He is remembered for introducing important bank and agrarian reforms. His construction projects include the former International Airport of La Sabana.… Read more

Been There – Costa Rica

Starbucks Been There – Costa Rica mug is fully dedicated to wildlife and nature of this country.
– Guarianthe Skinneri or also know as Guaria Moradais in Costa Rica is a species of orchid. As per the Lankester Botanical Garden, there are 1,400 species of orchid in Costa Rica, 20 percent of which are only found there. This is maybe why it is the national flower of the country.
– There is Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, which is probably one of the best places to view and study these incredible animals.… Read more

Been There – Bahamas

Starbucks Been There – Bahamas has been released quite a while ago and I am finally adding it to the collection. As it shows on the mug, the Bahamas can offer some amazing ocean beach time.
Did you know that this archipelago consists of more than 700 islands and islets, while only 30 are inhabited? Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas, lies on the island of New Providence, while the Grand Bahama is the closest to US island.
The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973 with Elizabeth II as its queen.… Read more

Been There – Valparaiso

Starbucks Been There – Valparaiso is the third BT mug from Chile released so far. Valparaiso is a major city and seaport located on the hills of the Pacific Ocean shore. People used to call it “Little San Francisco”, back in the days when it served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Starbucks designers used the green and blue palette for the mug and by reviewing the points of interest and symbols, it looks like they picked those from both Valparaiso and Viña del Mar (“Vineyard of the Sea”).… Read more

Been There – Santiago

This is Starbucks Been There – Santiago mug released for the capital and largest city of Chile. The city is also known as Santiago de Chile and can literally be translated from Spanish as “Saint-James”. Along with other nearby cities it forms Santiago Metropolitan Region which is home to almost half of the population of the country (around 7 million people live here).
The color palette used for this mug is green, and it seems that architectural points of interest are predominant in the design.… Read more

Been There – Chile

Starbucks Been There – Chile is one of my favorite mugs from South America probably because of the color palette they chose for it. Here are some symbols and points of interest for this country that can be found on the mug:
– The Andes or Andean Mountains (Cordillera de Los Andes) – are the longest continental mountain range in the world with the length of about 4300 miles spanning across seven countries! Aconcagua is the highest peak being 22,841 ft high.… Read more

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