TWENTY! Count ’em! Sent to Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Sooooo many postcards to share–of course, they were sent off over the course of several weeks. Take a look & tell me what your favorites are–and stay tuned ’til the very end for the stamps, stickers, & stuff. Here we go…

Dreaming by the sea, this crew is off to Taipei, Taiwan.

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Elephant & Piggie are going to Orange, NSW, Australia.

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President Linus–one can only dream! Off to Itomi, Hyogo, Japan.

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Franklin & Linus go to Gunma, Japan.

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I don’t know where this book-filled postcard came from, but it’s been in my stash for a long time, and now it’s off to Tianjin, China.

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A food package postcard, going to Beijing, China.

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An awful movie! Off to Saitama, Japan.

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Out by request to Lübeck, Germany

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It’s a wacky map, and it’s going to a map lover in Tokyo, Japan.

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Donald & friends will land in Shanghai, China.

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I clicked on the “advertising card” tag, and sent this card for KFJC (I had to look it up) to Yokohama, Japan.

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This scene from Redwoods National & State Parks goes to Cronulla NSW, Australia.

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This beautiful sea otter is on its way to Yonago, Tottori, Japan.

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This card from a Thai restaurant will go to Foshan, Guangdong, China.

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Captain Hook will go to a Disney lover in Hokkaido, Japan. This being a USPS postcard, the stamp on the back matches.

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As much as I enjoy using Postcrossing Forum, it’s faster to just click “send a postcard” on the regular Postcrossing site, or its imitator, Postcard United. I happen to prefer the latter, and I have clicked a few times…

Snoopy on ice going to a warm place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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This Kliban Cat is skating toward Perm Krai, Russia.

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The beautiful San Diego Central Library goes to Annandale, NSW, Australia.

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Charlie Brown will cry his way all the way to Dazu, Chongqing, China.

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Uh-oh, a U.S. address came up! This beautiful scene–another from Redwood National & State Parks–will go to Van Dyne, Wisconsin.

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Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape…

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Are You Feeling What I’m Feeling? Sent to China, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Russia, & the U.S.

Still a lot of catch-up to do on the documentation side of things.  Heck, with all the holiday rush-about (yeah, I’ll blame that), now I have a lot of catch-up to do on postcards I am due to send out!

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Eagle Huntress went to Laurel, Maryland, for a swap-bot trade of movie/TV postcards.  I haven’t seen this film, but I picked up the card at a local independent theater.

Goosey Goosey Gander’s castle went to Hong Kong, in a Postcrossing draw.

Hula Kitty  (not Hello Kitty) went to Moscow, Russia, the city I drew in Postcard United. The recipient must not have written much about herself, because I went the dastardly route of talking about the weather.  I try never, ever to do that.  It’s like the saying goes: everyone’s talking about the weather, but no one’s doing anything about it.

Entering the black & white postcard zone, all from a book of NYC photography I found at a library book sale.  Some people just love b&w photography.  Me, not so much, at all.  Not that I want my old movies & TV series colorized (I DON’T), but I’m just glad rich full color is how we see things these days.

Grand Central headed off to Shanghai, China.  This is actually a resend: I heard from someone whom I’d tagged in Postcrossing Forum some time ago, asking if I’d sent him the card.  I had, but I still don’t want him to miss out.  He’s a train lover, and I’d previously sent him a Skunk Train card–but I am out, and Grand Central was the closest I had to a train card.  By the way, there is a “train of lights” nearby this holiday season, all lit up, and with Santa aboard.  I’ve taken the ride 2-3 times, but honestly?  Well, look at the pics: all the joy is on the outside!  This is also why all of my holiday decoration efforts are focused on the inside of my home, where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor.
The ship shot was a Postcrossing draw, off to Riga, Latvia.  The recipient must not have written much about himself, because I went the dastardly route of talking about the weather.  I try never, ever to do that.  It’s like the saying goes: everyone’s talking about the weather, but no one’s doing anything about it.

Whoa–I’m feeling all déjà vu-y right now.  Are YOU feeling all déjà vu-y right now?

The Guggenheim Museum went to Beijing, China, thanks to a Postcard United draw. The recipient likes movies, reading, & travel–and so do I!

Barney Gumble from “The Simpsons” went to Mumbai, India, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.  The recipient noted that she likes this show, and I remembered that somehow I happened to have this card.  I told her that as far as I can remember, the last time I saw “The Simpsons” was when the movie came out–back in 2007! My favorite thing about that movie was how some 7-Eleven stores were turned into Kwik-E-Marts!

A Chocolatey Center! Received from China, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, & the U.S.

Quite a few to share this time; let’s move clockwise-ish, beginning at the upper-left, and ending in the center.

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ASTRO!  That cool card came to me from Omiyaku, Saitamshi, Japan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag trade.  The sender tells me, “He becomes a manga artist and is the 70th year this year.  So there is a commemorative event in Japan.”  I don’t know, can’t find anything on this…

TOTORO!  Another Postcrossing Forum tag trade, this one Studio Ghibli-Wishlist.  In this trade, I always enter during the “wishlist” phase, wherein the new tagger needs to send the previous user something from thier wish list.  This would be because: 1) I enjoy receiving Studio Ghibli cards; and b) I do not have any to send out.  The sender of this wonderful card is somewhere in Russia, and she writes, “I like Ghibli anime, too.  Almost all.  🙂  What anime do you like more than others?  What anime are you watched latest?”  I told her I like the cutesy stuff, like Totoro, Ponyo, and Arrietty.  Spirited Away, I love that.  The latest I’ve seen is Miyazaki’s latest (and allegedly final), The Wind Rises.

We have a couple of chunks of reused food packaging here: the pizza box is from a swap-botter in Dalview, Gauteng, South Africa.  She even put a puffy pizza sticker on the back!

The orange bars are another Postcrossing Forum trade, this one of food packaging, of course, and came to me from the Netherlands.  This sender and the previous have more in common than just sending me their recycling; they both also write about the weather!

Speaking of the weather, next up is that rainy shot captioned “A Small Southern Town.”  The sender is in China, and he sent me the card the same way most of this batch’s senders did, through a Postcrossing Forum trade.  He writes, “I went to California this January.  It was really a perfect place!”  I’m very interested in knowing what places he visited!

From a small town to a big city: this card is my only regular Postcrossing card received in the batch shown, and it comes to me from Beijing, China–even though it bears an Australian ID code!  The sender explains: “I’m an international student in Australia and today is the last day of my winter vacation.  Tomorrow I’ll back to school.  I’m now stay in Beijing China which is my hometown.”

Finally, we have a chocolatey center!  It’s a swap-bot “recycled postcard” swap, and it came to me from not-all-that-horribly-(I guess)-far-away Rohnert Park, California.  The sender, as required, slapped a new back on a card she had received in the mail.  Now, when I do this, I take a piece of cardboard & glue it firmly back there, but this sender had some kind of light adhesive on hers, & I was able to peel it back and discover that she had received it in a “touristy postcard” swap-bot trade from a sender in Pennsylvania.  The Hershey Visitors Center seems interesting: they have a “tour ride,” which, as far as I can tell from viewing their website, is more like a Disneyland experience, and NOT an actual view of factory operations.  Speaking of Hershey visitors centers, there used to be one a bit outside the SF Bay Area, in Oakdale, California.  The visitor center got shut down in an overabundance of caution following 9/11, and several years later, the entire factory got moved to Mexco in an overabundance of something else entirely.

Some great stamps & stuff this time!

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Beach, Bunny, Burger: Sent to China, Russia, & Taiwan

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The three friends over Half Moon Bay are headed to Beijing, China, to a university student who says she wants to travel to beautiful places, and says her card likes include those designed by the sender, and those with cartoons.  Check, check, check!

The rabbit is going to a rabbit fanatic in Fryazino, Russia.  I was a little surprised when I clicked on “send a postcard” and I got Russia, as I already had a Postcrossing card traveling to Russia, but these things happen.  We really need to figure out a way to recruit new members in less-Postcrossy countries.

That bit o’ burger box is going to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as part of a Postcrossing Forum food package postcard tag.  This Postcrosser enjoys food packaging as postcards so much, she has an online photo album of the repurposed packaging she has received!  I believe this is the second such card I have sent her way.

Stamps, stamps, and washi tape:

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What are the Odds?!? Sent to Canada, China, & Taiwan

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The Disney Paradise Pier card is going out to Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum tag trade in which participants were to list what Disney-related postcards they might like to receive.  The person I tagged wanted real Disney parks or hotels.  This is a card that I was given as a guest customer of the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel.  It’s my favorite of Disneyland’s three hotels!  I like being out of the scrum.  Of course, if you like basic hotel amenities–more of them, and without needless additional charges–the right choice is just about any of the off-site, non-Disney hotels.

The other two cards are regular Postcrossing draws.  I  pulled TWO users in Asia!  Those odds are practically impossible–especially as I don’t currently have any cards traveling to Netherlands or Belarus!

The bridge card goes to someone in Beijing, China, who said he would like to receive bridge postcards, and the tiger is going to a cat lover in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Stamps, stickers, washi tape, & stuff:

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Gel Pens on a Deep, Bright-Red Background: Received from China, Germany, Netherlands, & the U.S.

A handful of various cards I received & scanned some time ago, but have forgotten to post…

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That card made from a cereal box comes from a swap-bot member in Hamburg, Germany, thanks to my beloved chunk-of-cardboard trade for postcards made from chunks of cardboard.  The sender writes that this is from one of his favorite cereals:

“It’s called ‘Toppas’ and is made by Kellogg’s.  Do they have it in the U.S. as well or is it a German/European thing?  It’s similar to UK Shredded Wheat Bitesize but filled with chocolate.” 

I wonder whether he went in for the free bowl with built-in straw.

That squirrel-and-sprinkles card is another “chunk.”  The sender is somewhere near Zwijendrecht, Netherlands, and tells me:

“This is very small pieces of chocolate that you can put on your slice of bread.  Not only eaten by children.  On the back side of the package there are some puzzles.”

In my thank you message to her, I said that I see products like this in the European aisle of my local Asian supermarkets.  She was shocked–shocked–that toast sprinkles are not a “thing” here in the states.  I will say as many times as I’ve seen these things at the 99 Ranch 99, I have never been tempted to try them.

The mountains are more swap-bot, this time for a trade entitled, “I wish I was where?”  The scene is Mount Katahdin in Maine, and the swapper lives somewhere in Maine.  She writes:

“This is one of my favorite places in the whole world!  …I have climbed Mt. Katahdin 6 times.  We are planning a hike this summer!”

Candied cherries.  Yes, it’s a chunk, but we are on to Postcrossing Forums now, for a Food Package Postcard tag trade.  The sender lives in Xiamen,China.  Props to the postal workers across the word who managed to get this to me, because she wrote & addressed it with colored gel pens on a deep, bright-red background, and I am straining my eyes like crazy to read it!  Here’s what she says about the package itself:

“This is chocolate from Ukraine because our technical instruct is from Ukraine.  This is a gift from him.  Hope you like it.”

Finally, from Beijing, China, comes this batch’s only regular Postcrossing card.  I have no idea what’s going on, because no English description, and the sender only writes, “Hello, Greetings from Beijing China,” with the date and his name.  I assumed he was a brand-new user, until I saw on his profile that he has been Postcrossing for about 4 years, and has sent out 785 postcards.  In case you have never read my opinions about this kind of thing here before, I will stick to the tl/dr version for now: I AM NOT IMPRESSED.

Lots of nice things to see down in the stamp zone:

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My Sweet Gerbils: Received from Austria, China, & Taiwan

Another day, another 3 cards in through Postcrossing

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The beautiful dragon comes from the artist herself, in Beijing, China.  She doesn’t talk about art in her profile, but does say that she loves art history, & collecting illustrations.

The sender of the Italian ad card lives near Taichung City, Taiwan.  Now, I’d rather get Taiwanese content from Italy, than Italian content from Taiwan, but I’ll get over it.  The sender is a four-month Postcrossing member who tells me, “hope you can come here (to Taiwan) and eat snacks in night markets.  People here are friendly.  You live in California, a beautiful place.  One day, I will go there and walk along the coastline.”

And speaking of things I can see along the California coastline: sea lions!  I love them so much.  I took a little drive to the coast & heard their siren calls just days ago.  This card comes from Vienna, Austria.  Yes, from landlocked Austria.  The card was printed over in Berlin, Germany though, and I sure do love it.  The sender tells me that she is 65, and that her hobbies are “book reading, cooking, and my sweet gerbils (2)!” 

Stamps & postmarks:

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