Received from the U.S.: Florida & Minnesota

Two in via swap-bot trades:

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Sent to Germany, Netherlands, Russia, & Taiwan

LOTS of Postcrossing activity in the last few days.  Here are stats on four cards I had sent out, with their destinations, days traveling, and miles traversed:

Chelyabinsk, Russia: 19 days; 6,030 miles;

Dortmund, Germany: 11 days; 5,570 miles;

Minsk, Belarus: 17 days; 5,863 miles;

and Taipei, Taiwan: 12 days; 6,470 miles.

So now, out go four more cards:

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The card at top above, a work by Coplu (seen on this blog previously), goes to Liebenburg, Germany.  The choice was made in part because the recipient said she likes all cards, and in even bigger part because I’d already slapped an international stamp on it.

The silly beach scene–isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen–is part of my artistic ouvre, and it is going to Hsinchu City, Taiwan. That Postcrossing member had quite a long list of likes that didn’t actually mention anything on this card, but I thought it fit in great, anyhow.

The super-retro, scallop-edged card below–of a very-real, & still-open place, Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California–was sent to Ermelo, Netherlands.  In her profile, my card’s recipient requested that senders share their “…favorite recipe. Please write the recipe in European measurements (not in ozz., once or cups).”  I didn’t do that. She may well not like what I do, or be able to get the right ingredients; my favorite recipes (and most others) are WAY too complicated to squeeze onto the back of a little postcard; and, finally, her wanting me to do the translation she refuses to do just smacks of laziness!  😉  Most times I refer to a cookbook or website, I need to translate the measurements.  We’re lucky these days; the internet helps us with this conversion.  If I had an idea of a recipe she might like, I would have sent her a URL, so she could cook without having to try to make out cramped print on a dirty postcard.

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The post office is no longer a post office, though; it now functions as an art center, a place where kids can take a little time out to sit & create.

Finally, the map card below goes to Yakhroma, Russia.  I selected this card–can you guess why?–because the recipient expressed a desire for map cards.

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Warning: not to scale!

Sent to Belgium, India, Netherlands, & the United States

Four going out, all in swap-bot trades.  This set of destinations pleases me in that it is much more international than I’ve become used to in being a part of swap-bot.

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The Paddington card goes to Zwijndrecht, Netherlands, in a “children’s book illustration” swap.  Why, that is exactly what my big box ‘o’ old book cover postcards was MADE for!

The rest of the cards are for a “chunk o cardboard” swap. These are one of my favorites in which to participate, because depending upon my available supply of time & creativity when the swap comes along, I can either send out an unadorned slice of packaging, or I can collage it up to my heart’s content.

The horsey card above came together from an L&L Drive-In calendar and a bit from a Disney travel ad.  It is heading for Zaventem, Belgium.

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The fishy card is going to Liverpool, New York.  I put it together using the cover of a junk mail magazine, and a couple of divers from a travel ad.

Finally comes the cartoon-stampy card.  The images were printed off the internet, and slapped onto my chunk-o-cardboard.  Off it goes to Kanpur, India.

Received from Austria, Israel, Germany, & Netherlands

Four more cards in over the last two days:

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The beautiful dune shot at top left comes to me via Postcrossing from Vlissingen/Flushing, Netherlands, having spent 12 days traveling the 5,465 miles to reach me. Flushing looks like a cool port city, and the postcard’s writer tells me her grandchildren like to play at the beach.

From Sankt Georgen am Ybbsfelde , Austria, comes the card at upper right, also through Postcrossing.  It traveled 5,951 miles in 8 days to find my mailbox.  The sender is, like me, a pretty new Postcrossing member, having just picked up the hobby this past August!

The card at bottom left, another nice beach scene, is from somewhere in Germany.  This Postcrossing card found me after 30 days and 5,712 miles. Aren’t these time/distance comparisons sometimes pretty amazing?  Do the stats on the last two cards say anything about the difference between German & Austrian postal systems?  Of course, it could all come to a failure in the service of my local delivery guy, no joke.

I love that card at bottom right; if I were to keep postcards around to decorate, this would go in that display, for sure!  The artist is Rutu Modan.  The card comes to me from Israel, as part of a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade.  The sender, on the topic of art, tells me she will be having a show at a local gallery soon.  Cool!

Four postcards from four different countries results in a pretty impressive array of stamps:

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Received from Korea, Netherlands, and the United States

Five postcards in two days, through both Postcrossing & swap-bot.

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This first pair comes from Netherlands.  The card with the colored pencils comes from Holland via Postcrossing, and the sender tells me she chose it because “it’s a part of toys.”  That confuses me, since colored pencils are actually art implements, and the user, in her profile, describes herself as an artist.  Ah, well!

Speaking  of art, you can probably guess that the image on the card to the right is a work by Christo.  It’s part of a swap-bot “art postcard” exchange.  The sender says she chose this for me because I like humor.

Moving on to the next set of cards:

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At top left, from St. Paul, Minnesota, is something that came as part of a swap-bot “chunk-o-cardboard” trade. The sender insists she did NOT eat Little Debbie chocolate cupcakes, saying, “I hate the awful frosting.” I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten a product by that manufacturer, but if they are anything like Hostess, both the frosting AND the cake are filthsome.  The sender tells me what she bought were the “banana cakes and banana pudding rolls.”

That great stone dragon comes my way from Korea, thanks to Postcrossing. The sender writes, in part: “Do you like Korean food? There are many delicious food in Korea!!”  I do agree.  Makes me want to go out & get some right now, at 9:30 in the morning.  You know my favorite thing about going out for Korean food?  All the tiny plates of panchan.  Yum.

Finally there is the beach scene, which seems to have taken a beating in the post.  It comes to me from Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands, in a swap-bot “if money weren’t a problem, I’d…” trade.  The sender’s fantasy list includes employing housekeepers & handymen.  Some things are universal.

Cool stamps all around:

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