Been There – Rosario

Starbucks Been There – Rosario is yet another mug from Argentina. Rosario is the third most populous city in the country and a major port sitting on the west bank of the Paraná River. It is worth noting that it’s still not clear what is the actual foundation date of the city. Some say it’s October 7, 1793, however, most of the historians claim that the only right date is August 3, 1852, when town known as Pago de Los Arroyos (“land of the streams”) was declared a city.… Read more

Been There – Mendoza

Coming back in time to review some BT mugs from South America. Starbucks Been There Mendoza is the mug from Argentina with blue, yellow and orange colors prevailing. Here are some symbols of this city:
– A line of trees with what seems to be the road is a part of the green belt in the western part of the city, known as Parque General San Martin. It is a system of tree allees, roads and irrigation canals built entirely by people who decided to settle here and make it a nice place to live.… Read more

You Are Here – Ganzhou

Starbucks You Are Here – Ganzhou mug has been released in March and joins a numerous family of Chinese mugs.
The front of the mug is mostly displaying the elements of nature. Three oranges are the reminder that the city of Ganzhou and province Jiangxi, in general, are significant producers of oranges, especially navel oranges during winter months.
Here are some architectural places to visit:
– Mei Pass – forms the boundary between the provinces of Jiangxi and Guangdong. It used to be an important route back in the days with fortifications built along the road.… Read more

You Are Here Christmas – Istanbul 2

Again, thanks to a reader of my blog with an eagle eye, I’ve discovered that there were two mugs I missed to add last Holiday Season! And here’s one of them, You Are Here Christmas – Istanbul 2 mug which is very unique in a sense, that it is the only Christmas city mug with the red handle!
Below, is the collage of all three Istanbul YAHs side by side. As you can see, there are couple other elements making Christmas v1 and v2 different, apart from the red handle, namely:
– the Christmas tree and snowman have switched places
– there are two additional candy canes on the right
– the small ship now carries a gift box
– the tram on the front of the mug is now missing the huge bow, which was initially introduced with v1
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Been There – Buenos Aires

Starbucks Been There – Buenos Aires complements Argentinian collection of BT mugs. It was no surprise to see it being released as Buenos Aires is the largest city and the capital of Argentina. The city, which name can be translated as “fair winds”, is the second-most visited city of Latin America and the top tourist destination. It is well known for its preserved Eclectic European architecture and rich cultural life. Interesting to know, that it’s neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor it’s capital.… Read more

You Are Here – Bucharest

Again, thanks to a kind Facebook user, the most recent YAH release has popped up on my radar. This time it is You Are Here – Bucharest mug which was designed using many shades of blue. The front of the mug is occupied with architectural points of interest from this Romanian city:
– The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român) is a concert hall opened in 1888. It became a landmark of the city and hosts concerts on an almost daily basis.
– Triumphal Arch (Arcul de Triumf) is a stone version of the previously built wooden arch.… Read more

You Are Here – Valencia

Starbucks You Are Here – Valencia mug has been revealed by an avid collector from Spain. I really like how they pictured The Falles (Fallas) – a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph and specifically La Cremà. The latter is a culmination point of the celebration when all “fallas” (decorations which include huge dolls) are burnt down. That’s what those “people on fire” are on the front of the mug.
Stay tuned for more pics.… Read more

You Are Here – Warsaw

I somehow missed to add You Are Here – Warsaw mug to the site, even though it was released quite some time ago – in October 2018! And thanks to an attentive reader of this blog, the capital of Poland makes it’s appearance here. Anyway, here are some items from the mug:
– The Royal Castle has served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs for centuries. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town.… Read more

You Are Here – Bremen

I stopped counting how many German YAHs there are already. Here’s is another one, brand new You Are Here – Bremen. It has been spotted 2 days ago, but it is only now that I got the picture to share with you, thanks to a friend.
Bremen is a major economic hub of the northern regions of Germany. Many international companies have headquarters here. That’s maybe what designers were trying to emphasize by placing some tall buildings in the background on the front of the mug.… Read more

You Are Here – Sevilla

The fourth largest city in Spain is getting YAH version – Starbucks You Are Here – Sevilla mug. Please note the Spanish spelling of the name of the city – Sevilla instead of Seville. This has been a tradition for Starbucks to use local names (where possible) for the international mugs.
The front of the mug shows us the flamenco dancer costume and this is expected, as one of the districts in Seville, Triana, is considered a birthplace of flamenco. Flamenco is not just a dance but an art that can take different forms, based on the various folkloric music traditions of Andalusian culture.… Read more

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