Traveling, Recycling–and Whittling Down the Dissapointassortment: Sent to Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

I’ve got cards going out to seven different countries, all but one being signees of the Paris Agreement.

Hey, I got rid of one of my Disappointassortment cards!  That heart locket card goes out in a Postcrossing draw to Brasschaat, Flanders, Belgium, to a recipient who said she likes cards with hearts on them.

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The mail-a-sea-lion card goes to a sea-lion-loving family member.  I love sea lions, too!  Scroll down, and you’ll be able to see the other side of this very functional card.

It’s the Grinch!  He and a lot of other offspring of Dr. Seuss’s imagination reside in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.  I visited this site in May, just missing by a couple of weeks or so the grand opening of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum!  But I did get some postcards, & sent this one to Cindi in Hawaii.postcard128

I also visited the PEZ factory in Orange, Connecticut! What a fun experience.  I bought a lot of stuff–and I also picked up some free postcards they had, promoting their party room.  This one went to North Hollywood, California, for a very specific swap-bot trade: “Free/Ad Card: I picked this up on vacation.”  I just knew these would come in handy.

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The fox went off toward Tokyo, Japan, for a Postcrossing Forum USA/Asia tag.  The recipient said she liked foxes!

There’s a second Disappointment card going away!  These ballet folklórico dancers are not the problem; it’s that the card manufacturers failed to give context for the card, and…oh, just refer to the original post.  The card went off to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, in a Postcrossing Forum “China Meets the World” tag.  The recipient said he liked cards featuring cultural celebrations for our area, and, well, here in the San Francisco Bay Area, this counts!  I grew up enjoying ballet folklórico in schools, museums, and other settings.

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Something not so easily found in the Bay Area is great Thai food.  Oh, there are Thai restaurants absolutely EVERYWHERE… but just try finding a Southeast Asian person who would want to eat in any of them.  I have finally found two restaurants that break that sad mold, and one is San Francisco’s Kin Khao.  You, I assume, being someone who is interested in postcards, you may love to walk into this restaurant to find a wall decorated with a huge postcard rack, full of food cards yours for the taking!  I’ve mentioned this before; you can see the rack in that post, here.  This one goes to Stetten, Germany for another specific swap-bot trade: “Free Postcard–Restaurant/Coffee Shop.”

Next we have a couple of cards I created from boxes of frozen food, for another swap-bot trade of “up-cycled cardboard.”  I don’t usually buy frozen prepared food, but these two items from my local Indian supermarkets reeled me in.  The Kati sandwiches (card going to Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) seemed like an improvement on Hot Pockets (a low bar; Hot Pockets are nasty), and they were.  As for the other package (going to South Elgin, Illinois), I really like good sambhar.  This was not really good sambhar.  Better stick with home or restaurant-made.  THEY MAKE FOR NICE POSTCARDS, THOUGH!

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This Mickey Mouse card went to Longquan Station, Taiwan, via a Postcrossing Forum Disney card tag.

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Okay, let’s move on to the stamps, stickers, washi tape, & stuff.  I think there may be some stamps here you haven’t seen before.  Please share your thoughts!

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Six More Off into the World: Sent to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, & the U.S.

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Lucy & Schroeder are headed off to a Postcrosser in ‘s-Heer Arendskerke, Netherlands.  This sounds like a TINY place!  As Wikipedia lists it, “two circles of houses around a Protestant church, on a single main road with an obsolete village hall.”  All that, & no railway station since 1928.  The recipient says he enjoys funny cards that will bring a smile to his face, and this “HEY!!” card certainly does that for me.

The Jetoy cat is on its way to Pepinster, Belgium.I looked up Pepinster, and learns that it lies at confluence of the rivers Hoëgne and Vesdre.  Here’s a beautiful river view one might enjoy in Pepinster. What’s interesting about this Postcrossing draw, is that it’s the account of a man who’s been on the site for over 8 years, but right now is having cards sent to his daughter and her girlfriend, who are engaged to be married next June.  So I guess he is still sending out cards, and then having his daughter register the incomings?  Dunno, but I hope they enjoy this postcard!  It’s been a while since I’ve sent out any Jetoys.

Skipping around to get all the regular Postcrossing draws in at once, the monarch butterflies of Pismo Beach are destined for Reutov, Russia, which I learned is a “science town.”  The card’s recipient says she was born in Siberia, but moved to the Moscow area for school 17 years ago.  She appreciates cards that tell her about attractions she should visit if she visits the senders’ countries.  I told her there are many monarch groves along the California coast, but that the one in Pismo Beach may just be my favorite.

The beach scene is going out in a Postcrossing Forum trade, and it’s off to Singapore. In his profile, this Postcrosser said he might especially like for senders to share something unique, perhaps landscapes, from the places where they live, or from a place to which they’ve traveled (actually the topic of this specific trade).

Now, let’s talk about the recycling!  These are bot for a swap-bot trade of “upcycled cardboard,” and I love participating in these.  Hello Panda will land in Oceanside, California (isn’t the name inviting?  It’s near San Diego).  Cap’n Crunch goes to Kiel, Germany, which the Cap’n may just love, as the city is a major maritime center & home to Kiel Week, the largest sailing event in the world.  Ahoy!

OH–take a look at the stamps, washi tape, & stuff.  You may be able to tell I’ve made a recent Daiso trip.

Do you have any favorites among the cards, stamps, & tapes here?

 

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“Hey, What Do You Want from Me? I Don’t Know You!” Received from Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, & Spain

Bert & Ernie! Bert & Ernie!  Bert & Ernie!  Hey, I got a Sesame Street postcard!

Yes, a handful of cards received in one day, and it’s the Sesame Street card that has me doing the happy dance (though I really do like the crashing surf one shown right next to it here).

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My Muppet friends came to me from a Postcrosser in Haelen, The Netherlands (12 days/5,542 miles traveled).  Not much of a message here, but it does intrigue me: “hello, a postcard from our national cartoons ‘Bert and Ernie.'”  What?  Does she think that B&E are Netherlands creations (heck, does she think they are cartoons)? This pair, plus Elmo, Big Bird & company, are global imperialists–and they were born right here in the U.S. of A., da**it! But it’s in the Nethers that they got their own stamps.  But WAIT: news to me, but there was a Sesame Street stamp in the U.S., too!

Moving along to the beautiful splashing surf, which came to me from a Postcrosser in Łańcut, Poland (21 days/6,002 miles traveled).  The sender tells me this card depicts the Baltic Sea, and she also tells me she enjoys living in southeastern Poland:

“My city isn’t big but I like living here.  We have a beautiful park and a historical museum-castle here.  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to watch NBA games (you know, different time zones).”

The drawing–and the packed beach next to it–came to me thanks to a Postcrosser in Ciudad Real, Spain (8 days, 5,847 miles).  The sender gives me a lesson in Andalsian Rock:

“The origin of this music is very curious.  In the 7o’s Spain was a bad musically country.  American soldiers had military bases in some cities like Sevilla and Cádiz.  There, young people exchanging music and met the hippie movement.  Then the influences of Janis Joplin or Hendrix mixed with the Spanish folk music and a new psychedelic rock emerged.”

 

Finally, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “USA to Any Country” tag, there’s the “De Oude Markt” postcard.  The sender lives near Seraing, Belgium–but not for long:

“…this summer we will be moving back to France… I have been in Belgium for 9 years and loved it.  Belgian people are really kind, they love to have fun, drink beer, and party!  They easily speak to people they don’t know, that is what surprised me the most when I arrived.  I was like ‘hey what do you want from me, I don’t know you.’ :-/  I will miss my life here but I am very happy to move to a quieter place, in the French countryside, in a house with a garden and see the horses when I get up.  I can’t wait!”

Stamps, postmarks, sticker, washi tape: it’s interesting, but the postcard from Poland (the one with the beautiful crashing surf painting) somehow arrived in my mailbox with no sign of a stamp or postmark!  How do these things happen?  I asked the sender whether she knew, but no reply as of this posting.

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°Dentalsmile°?!?!? Received from Belgium, Czech Republic, & Spain

Three more Postcrossing arrivals!

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That happy li’l toon is Večerníček, or “Little Eveninger,” and he came to me from Brno, Czech Republic. The senders who share this Postcrossing account tell me that the character “is on Czech national TV channel every day to introduce short evening story for kids.  He is 50 years old.”

The mitten is from Aarschot, Belgium, and it came to me in an envelope, because the sender wrote so much (and in a very tight hand) that it filled the entire back of the postcard–yes, address-side, too–and another postcard-sized sheet of paper she taped to the bottom.  It was quite the read: I get the impression she is quite young, because she uses a lot of internet-type asides after nearly every sentence.  The difference, though, is that instead of inanities like “LOL,” she writes, well, quite a variety of things, including the somewhat-common °laugh° (these odd little circles are all hers) and °smile° , to the more rare °blush° and °sparkle° (whatever that is), to the off-the-charts what-the-heck, often-repeated throughout her missive:  °dentalsmile°.  EEK!  What is THAT?!?  I assume it must mean something along the lines of “toothy grin,” but it just sends shivers up & down my spine.

–just give me a second to shake that off, & finish up here–

The Madrid postcard comes from Madrid, Spain, from a sender who says, “I love to travel, to watch movies and TV shows.  I love reading and animals.  I have one guinea pig but soon I’ll have another one, they like company.”

Stamps!

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A splash of color, with chocolate-flavored flavoring: Sent to Belgium, Japan, Russia, South Africa, & the United States

A colorful handful this time!

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Five more lucky people in this world! I would be thrilled to receive any one of these postcards. =D

The three on the left are all “chunks of cardboard” going out in my favorite ongoing swap-bot trade.

Crunky went off to Goleta, California.  The box made for a rather small postcard, but still a very cool one, I think.  The candy was not good chocolate, didn’t taste great, but it was tolerable once I got used to it–just like a Nestle Crunch bar in that way.

I told the swapper in Geel, Belgium, to cut up that Toucan Sam card!  That is why I bought the cereal–several boxes of it–but I have ended up giving away every single one of these cube-craft panels, not saving one to put together myself!  Such a sad story.

The Hello Panda boxes always make for great postcards, I think.  This one went to a swapper in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, with whom I have been paired previously.  I hope I have not sent her this before! I think most recently, I sent her part of a ginger ale box.  Scroll back in the blog & let me know, would you?  🙂

The two postcards on the right are for Postcrossing draws; the aloha Jetoy went off to Arkhangelsk, Russia.  In her profile, this Postcrosser wrote of the “white nights” where she lives.  I had to look that up, and I have to admit I like the idea of it being sunny at midnight.  She also mentions loving snow, and I admit to nothing there: I like it warm & light, year-round.  I don’t necessarily get it, but I like it.  Thrilled not to live near snow.

Finally, that beautiful view of beautiful Pacific Grove went to Hiroshima, Japan.

A little bit of everything: Received from Belgium, Finland, Taiwan, and the United States

Logging in a quick handful, quickly…

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I think I like the Snoopy card best, despite the jean jacket. I’m afraid I had a jean jacket once, too.

From Finland, and the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag trade, comes the Snoopy card, which is from Hallmark!  Here in the U.S., there are hundreds of Peanuts Hallmark greeting cards available, but never a postcard in sight.  I wonder why that is.

The century eggs, found their way to me in a Postcrossing Forum “Taiwan meets the world” tag trade.  The sender’s message:

This postcard is scared to many tourists.  It’s named “century egg.” This eggs that have been preserved by being coated with a coating of lime, ashes and salt before being shallowly buried for 100 days.  The lime “petrifies” the egg, making it look like it’s been buried for at least a century.  This is some indroction for this food.

If that’s not appetizing enough for you, check out the delicious noodles on one of her stamps below!

The Kentucky card came from Florida, in a swap-bot “butt-ugly” postcard trade.  The sender assures me, “Kentucky is most beautiful.”

Lastly, through official Postcrossing, and from Belgium, comes the li’l cowboy.

Stamps!

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Very Unusual Kitties: Sent to Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States

Three new Postcrossing draws going out, plus a swap-bot “assignment.” I’ll start with Postcrossing:

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The very unusual kitty is on its way to Wuustwezel, Belgium, to a grandmother who is inordinately interested in fairies.  It’s reflected not only in her wall of favorites, but also in her user name!  Sadly, this is the closest I have to magical & ethereal.  I do like the card, and hope she does as well; it would be a shame to waste such a fun piece of art.

That cliff-by-the-sea scene is pretty darned magical, in my book.  It’s going to Taipei, Taiwan, to a mother of two who I think will like this card, as it fits into many of the categories on her long list of favorites.  She introduces that list of favorites, by the way, with the words, “I compare the affection.”

That tourist Palo Alto card is off to Bonn, Germany, to a 68-year-old man who really likes cards featuring architecture & trains.  The one train card I have is a children’ book cover, & I really think it is way too cute for that Postcrosser’s tastes.

The final card–the Jetoy cat–is going to a swap-bot member in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, for a trade in which something about the card should start with the letter R.  R is for Renaissance-y!

Illustrating the Point: Received from Belgium, China, & Taiwan

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The Clamp postcard comes from Shanghai, China, in a Postcrossing Forum anime & manga trade.

The colorful card of sea lions balancing ice cream cones is part of a swap-bot “chunk-o-cardboard” trade, and it comes from the same member in Geel, Belgium who previously sent me the hippo card I also love.  I believe this is not really an ice cream snack, but actually a room-temperature biscuit, but perhaps the sender will come by to correct me if I am wrong.

Lastly, from Taichung, Taiwan, come the deliciously-illustrated Taiwanese foods, mine thanks to a USA-Asia tag trade on Postcrossing Forum.  The sender tells me:

“(Taiwan is) famous for its traditional snacks.  It’s cool you’ve tried before.  Maybe next time you could try the ones on this postcard.”

Stamps!  That rose one is printed directly on the manga postcard.

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Craftiness x 3: Received from Belgium and the United States

More reading & recycling (that might have come off differently than I meant it; read on, and you will understand)!

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Hey, I got another gigantic skull from Phoenix, Arizona–and I think this one might be even cooler than the last one!  It’s from the same swap-botter as before, in another chunk-o-cardboard trade.  The sender tells me, “this was actually a mask on a stick, but I knew it would be the perfect size for mailing.”  Love it!

The dog dancing over a colorful patterned background, that’s from Seatac, Washington, and it arrived via a swap-bot trade in which we were to share what we are currently reading by copying a page midway through the book.  My trading partner here did so by transcribing by hand page 50 of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.  Not everyone has access to a printer, making participation in a swap like this something one really wants to do!  I wanted to share this homemade envelope, which I think is very cool; it’s legal-size, and when I peek inside, I can see her tracing lines, which makes me appreciate it even more.  The dog sticker is icing on the cake!

I love those hippos.  I was enthusing over them on another mail enthusiast’s blog, and before too long, I had a Chocohippo chunk-o-cardboard all my own!  She sent it to me from Geel, Belgium.  If I ever find myself in that country, I will have to try this product for myself!  By the way, this card follows in the theme of “what I’m reading:” the sender tells me she is working her way through Secret of the Dragon by Margaret Weis &Tracy Hickman.

Stamps, stickers & stuff!

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Sent to Belgium, Czech Republic, and Germany

I’ve been letting the numbers of my Postcrossing “traveling postcards” dwindle; it’s time to catch up just a bit!

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I would be thrilled to receive these cards, I think they are all so cool!

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!