Sent to: Thurles, Ireland; Jena, Germany; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Anaheim, California

Several to share this time–plus an added bonus rant!:

Thurles is a town in County Tipperary, Ireland. Thurles Shopping centre was recently extended and plans to open a new a Tesco store to replace the current store in Liberty Square.  — Wikipedia

The swap-bot exchange was actually a book trade, but I sent a postcard, too, to explain why I chose the book I did from this person’s Book Depository wish list (Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club).  As for choosing a postcard for her, she had mentioned being a big fan of The Lord of the Rings.

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The Hobbit is close enough, right?

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Jena is a typical German University town.  It has a twin city relationship with Berkeley, California.  — Wikipedia

Another round of Postcrossing, another card to Germany!  Postcrossing settings let a person choose to not send multiple cards at a time to the same country–otherwise I am sure I’d have multiples going to DE in each round!  Just speaks to how many Postcrossing members the country must have.

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Yes, this one again.

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Saint Paul hosts a number of museums, including the Goldstein Museum of Design, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Traces Center for History & Culture, the Minnesota History Center, the Alexander Ramsey House, the James J. Hill House, the Minnesota Transportation Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and The Twin City Model Railroad Museum. — Wikipedia

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This user seemed like a creative, crafty type, so I thought she would like this card. As I said in my note to her on the back, this is a book I would enjoy having!

The swap-botter who will be receiving the above card spent a good amount of space talking about what I’ll call the demandy-ness of some members: long, very specific lists of those types of cards which are okay to them–and those which are definitely not.  This is a negative aspect of the experience I’ve noticed since the beginning, and I agree with my fellow user here that it seems to go against the entire spirit of the Postcrossing/swap-bot project.  One profile of full of wanted/unwanted cards specifics I read recently read more like a manifesto/hostage note. If folks have a collection they want to complete, it doesn’t hurt to mention they would love to receive certain items–but they are best-off grabbing their wallets and heading over to ebay.

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Anaheim has undergone a rigorous transformation in creating metropolitan beautification to attract tourism. In 2007, the city celebrated its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) by opening the Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars near the Harbor Boulevard entrance to the Disneyland Resort. The first star to be placed on the Walk of Stars was for Walt Disney, the man most responsible for making Anaheim the hugely popular tourist destination it is today.  — Wikipedia

I’ve been paired with this particular Anaheimanian previously.  This time, I sent her a postcard by the Seattle artist Narboo, whose work has also been seen here before.

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Are you a swap-bot and/or Postcrossing member?  I’d love to hear about your experiences, including those related to the “demandy-ness” I wrote of in this post!

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