I’ve been letting the numbers of my Postcrossing “traveling postcards” dwindle; it’s time to catch up just a bit!
Working clockwise from the top left, that coastal card goes to a real piece of work in Kamenice, Czech Repupblic, whose profile doesn’t say a horrible lot about himself, but gets into some emotional detail about what he expects NOT to find in his mailbox!
“Prefere to receive interesting and unusual postcard with atmosphere.Please DON´T SEND postcard which are not from your country,no ad cards,no cards with military motive or animals.Thanks … “
He presents a list of things he might like to receive, but is soon back on topic:
“PLEASE NO art, NO selfmade/selfprinted, NO cute or “girlie-like”, NO folded cards, NO sheets of paper(can’t believe that anybody wants to get such “postcards”)- you won’t make me happy with it, PLEASE respect that, thank you! :)”
Okayokayokay! He DID mention, twice, that he liked landscapes, and thus my landscapey choice for him. Long list of dislikes leave me deflated, so I was only able to mention a short 10-line message to him (that’s 3-4 lines fewer than my usual average. The postcard served as its own writing prompt, as the California poppies are in bloom all over right now, and of course I love to go and enjoy the beautiful coastline whenever I can.
That card full of pinnipeds is headed for Dortmund, Germany, to a Postcrosser who lets potential correspondents know:
“I try to draw faces in these times and I need some portraits of people and animals of all kind yet, just to practice practice practice. You will make me really happy, if you find a postcard with portraits of people or close ups from animals. Thank you very much.”
I think this gallery of extreme close-ups of patients at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California should keep her busy! The center itself is quite busy these days; just moments ago on the radio, I heard yet another update on the rise of baby sea lions washing up on state beaches.
Finally there is that elephant, which if all goes well, will end up in Hemiksem, Belgium. The Postcrosser there says “I am 46 years ‘old’, but I still feel like 26!” and her list of likes includes .“elephants (pictures and drawings).” At the end of the list is this: “But of course you can send me any card you think I’d like.” This elephant card is the first I’ve sent from a big box of 100 animal art cards I’ve just purchased, and may well be my favorite of the whole lot!
By the way, here are the details of three of my Postcrossing cards most-recently received in their overseas destinations:
* The card I sent to Buxtehude, Germany, arrived in 7 days, after having traveled 5,518 miles. The recipient tells me, “thank you for a wonderful postcard – I love it. I was born and raised near the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, so I, too, love the sea and the beaches and all those amazing animals.”
* The postcard I mailed to Utrecht, Netherlands took 11 days to travel the 5,474 miles to its destination. The recipient writes, “Thank you so much for the card.It’s funny my brother and sister in law are flying of the Mexico tomorrow…Also visiting the beautiful (California) coastal line,where you talking about 🙂 And going to see the elephant seals 😉 …And i’m jealous hope to see them also someday ;)”
* My postcard sent to Taipei City, Taiwan (at the same time as the Netherlands card I just mentioned) arrived after a 12-day, 6,465-mile trip. Its new owner tells me, “thanks for sending the great card! I really like Doraemon!! It’s so cute!!! I hope next time you can have a vacation in Taiwan!!! Taiwan always welcome you!:)”
I can’t wait!