Sent to China & Netherlands

Big Postcrossing news today!

The card I sent to Rijen, Netherlands has reached its destination, after having traveled 5,499 miles in just 6 days.

The big news is that 35 of my cards sent through Postcrossing have reached their destinations, and so now I have graduated from being allowed 8 cards out at a time, to the lofty number of 9 out at once!

That means I can send out two cards today, and they will go to:

Shanghai, China: this member said that she likes, among other things, the sea–and I have a lot of cards with that!  She also said “lovely dog,” and I think perhaps this new piece matches both desires:

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Half Moon Bay State Beach, California.

Zubri, Czech Republic: the recipient is an 8-year-old boy!  I know when I was a kid, there were pen-pal services for children (not that I was in one).  I hope the parents are keeping an eye on things.  Will I keep it clean?  I absolutely always do.  His profile says he likes sports, nature, and animals, so choosing from my available cards…

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Seacliff State Beach, Aptos, California.

Perhaps in this shot of mine you can make out a pier, and at the end of it, something resembling a ship.  It is the S.S. Palo Alto, a concrete ship dating back to 1919. It was given a new life ten years later at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California, where it was turned into an entertainment destination–with a swimming pool, arcade, restaurant & dance hall. Its owners were hit by the Great Depression, though, & shut down the operation. Probably for the best, since it wasn’t much later that a storm came along & cracked the ship. These days, you can walk right up to the ship on the pier build for it–but you cannot pass the gate; the ship, as you see, is now for the birds. And just wait until you SMELL the thing!

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