They say your sense of smell is the one most strongly tied to memory, which sucks because that means the thing tourists remember most about America is that our country smells like piss… at least if they arrived at the Philly airport. But luckily Philly’s not on the list of bottled city smells from The Scent of Departure. They sell fragrances with the distinct smells of major cities around the world. For instance, Paris smells like
armpits and cheese roses and lemons, while Tokyo smells like giant robot oil and Godzilla breath lotus, freesias and peonies. You know what, I’ve been to Paris—armpits and cheese is way more accurate. In fact, sometimes I like to eat brie, skip deodorant and reminisce about my trip.