I just grabbed a bunch of cards at random, ones I’ve had for a while, but apparently have not logged before. They’re not too interesting, so I photographed them a bit differently than usual, just to spice things up.
Those toys have waited MONTHS for their moment in the spotlight.
On the left-hand side, we have a couple of pieces of recycling. The “Fisherman’s Friend” box panel was sent to me from someplace in Germany, thanks to a swap-bot trade. The sender writes:
“Do you like the mint??! From time to time they are nice, but sometimes they are too strong.”
When I told her that I had heard the name of the product, but was not aware that it was some kind of mint/candy, she expressed surprise. I mean, it could be anything, right? A net, rubber boots, intense skin repair lotion…
Look below for the stamps from this card, helpfully annotated by the sender.
The Ouma panel is from a product called “rusks.” I had to look that up. And it’s been some time, and I don’t remember, so I’ll look it up again now…
Okay, Wikipedia tells me “a rusk is a hard, dry biscuit or a twice-baked bread. It is sometimes used as a baby teething food.” Yum! The sender, a swap-botter in Dalview, Gauteng, South Africa, tells me:
“Ouma is Afrikaans for Grandmother. We all love these rusks.”
I think my favorite card this time is the one at top middle: Hotel Preanger (this word means, I am quite positive, “Before Anger”). I received it through a Postcrossing Forum tag trade, and it’s from a 15-year-old boy in Indonesia. Reading the message, I feel as if I’ve shared it here before, but I didn’t make any such notation on the card. These cards are all old, and bear no notation of having previously been recorded here, so who knows. I know I don’t read this blog!
Okay, that’s not true. I see I’ve left several comments.
Anyhow, the sender writes:
“I’m new to Postcrossing and I’m enjoying this activity so much. This activity of course will help me improve my English skill. Oh yes. A little info about this postcard pic. This hotel, Preanger Hotel’ is a luxury hotel for high-class people. The luxury renowned since Dutch-East Indies Colonial era and still hold its status as the most luxury hotel of its era.”
It’s a pretty fair bet that when I finally make my way to Indonesia, I’ll be staying elsewhere!
The lady who fell asleep reading was another swap-bot trade, this one sent to me from Atlanta, Georgia. The topic was “what are you reading,” and the sender told me:
“I’m currently reading Criminal by Karin Slaughter. She’s from Atlanta, which is where I live, so it makes for an extra special read. She has a great way of building suspense in her books. I truly love her writing.”
That card at top right, I’m not sure if I put it up at the correct orientation. It was sent to me from somewhere around San Diego, California, part of a swap-bot “I HATE this Postcard” trade. Here’s how the sender feels:
“I just don’t get modern art. I just don’t get it. 🙂 I think this is hideous–but I’m sure other people really like it. Maybe you do too?”
Finally, at bottom right, comes my one regular Postcrossing incoming this time around. It’s from Stelle an der Saale, Germany. This man writes:
“I’m from lovely East Germany. This postcard is about a united Europe in solidarity and democracy–and young people caring about that in my beloved city. We need facebooklikes 🙂 !”
I apologize to you (but mostly me) if I’ve previously shared any of these cards before. I can promise you it won’t happen again–but I won’t say why that is.
Oh, yeah! Have a look at the stamp & sticker highlights! What do you think of these?