Buy these games in their home country and you’ll get a keepsake with character, and a surefire icebreaker for making friends along the way.
Hand-carved bao boards (a spin on mancala) are easy to find in the markets of Kenya
—but local players are hard to beat. Maybe suggest a round of bao la kujifunza
—“bao for beginners.”
On streets in Havana
, games of partner dominoes rage. Players move with mechanical precision, playing a winning move with a triumphant thwack
version of the ancient cup-and-ball game has become a full-on phenomenon, with the YouTube channels to prove it. SpinGear’s two Tokyo
stores stock every imaginable color and pattern.
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