Been There – Queenstown

Starbucks Been There – Queenstown is a mug for a resort town in New Zealand. Queenstown is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu. Amazing views of the lake and nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak make this town a great touristic destination. These are some of the activities you can expect in and around the city: skiing and snowboarding, bungy jumping, mountain biking and hiking, jet boating, rafting, sky diving and many more.… Read more

Been There – Christchurch

Starbucks Been There – Christchurch is the mug for the biggest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The exact origin of the name “Christ Church” is not known, however, it has been suggested that it is named in honor of Christ Church, Oxford.
I didn’t know much about New Zealand but I remember hearing about Christ Church on news and unfortunately in regards to a series of earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, with the biggest one claiming the lives of 185 people and causing widespread destruction.… Read more

Been There – Auckland

Starbucks Been There – Auckland introduces the new series for New Zealand. Auckland is the most populous city in the country with 1.5 million people living in its urban area. It is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. Tāmaki Makaurau (its Māori-language name), can be translated as “Tāmaki desired by many”, and is referencing to the city’s location and climate.
Here’s what I was able to spot on the mug:
– The Auckland Harbour Bridge over the Waitematā Harbour.… Read more

You Are Here – Bern

Starbucks You Are Here – Bern is another Swiss mug released in January 2020. Bern (or Berne, as seen on Icon mug) is the capital of the country, but it was only released after Geneva, Lucerne, and Zurich.
Apart from cheese and mountains, which Switzerland is famous for, I am seeing the following points of interest on the mug:
– The Kornhausbrücke – a stone and iron bridge over Aare river. Btw, not seen on the mug but worth mentioning is the Untertorbrücke (German: Lower Gate Bridge) – an arch bridge built in wood in 1255 and then rebuilt in stone in 1461.… Read more

You Are Here – Basel

Starbucks You Are Here – Basel was released almost a month ago and I am finally adding it to the list.
Basel is the third most populous city in Switzerland and is located on the border with two other European countries – Germany and France. Interestingly enough, some of Basel’s suburbs are located outside of the country. Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Area so no passport check is required when crossing the border from France or Germany, however, since it is not a member of the EU, you have to declare any goods you bring in.… Read more

You Are Here – Rabat

I would like to thank my reader, who kindly provided the image of Starbucks You Are Here – Rabat mug. The release of this mug is another proof that YAH series still has some steam!
The mug is designed using some colors and showcases the Chellah or Shalla on the front. This fortress was built in pre-Roman and pre-Islamic times, then abandoned in 1154 AD. It was later used as a necropolis, a holy complex that included a mosque, minaret (can be seen on the top of the front of the mug), and royal tombs.… Read more

You Are Here – Rhodes

Even though we’ve just witnessed the release of the first BT mug outside of the Americas, YAH series is not over yet. This is Starbucks You Are Here – Rhodes mug from Greece.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece and is also the island group’s ancient capital. The island and the city have a rich historical past, which you can tell by its old buildings and monuments. Thanks to that and the great climate with long warm summers, it’s a very popular destination for tourists from all around the world.… Read more

Been There – Kansas City 2

This could be the smallest change among all BT v2s so far. Starbucks Been There – Kansas City v2 adds a dot on the sign of the intersection of 18th and Vine streets. In particular, “VINE st” became “VINE st.”
Should you decide to collect both, please be ready to answer the same question from your friends, over and over: “Why are there two identical mugs in your display?”
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You Are Here – Nantong

This is a new release from China, Starbucks You Are Here – Nantong mug.
Nantong is a city in Jiangsu province. It is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, near the river mouth. It was and remains an important port due to deep waters and canals. Interesting to note, that Nantong is getting further from the seashore year by year, due to the silt added by the Yangtze River to its delta.
– The front of the mug is occupied by the Sutong Yangtze River Bridge which connects Nantong and Changshu.… Read more

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