“It’s a Disaster:” Received from Belarus, Lithuania, & the United States

A pair each of Postcrossing & swap-bot incomings this time–from Minsk, Belarus; Zarasai, Lithuania; and Alabama & Connecticut, U.S.A.:

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Since I’m rushing through this, I’ll just write about the top left card, which was sent to me by a Postcrosser in Minsk, Belarus.  She tells me:

“Here’s a card which shows you some items of household with their names in Belarusian… Could you believe that these cards were issued to motivate people to talk their native Belarusian language? The problem is that we mostly speak Russian.  It’s a disaster.”

Stamps & postmarks!

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Postcard from a Pole-Dance Enthusiast: Received from Belarus, England, and Germany

Three more in from Postcrossing:


I love that huge, close-up seal photo!  It was sent to me from Munich, Germany, and apparently traversed 5,865 miles in 80 days to be with me.  The sender’s translation of the postcard caption is one that may amuse you: “here is said, that the hair of the beard for the grey seal is an important grope organ. :)”

The balloon soldier came to me from Birmingham, England, after a journey of 5,253 miles and 52 days.  Well, that timing is the Postcrossing stat; the date written on the card indicates a travel time of about 8 days.  The sender writes, “please accept my apologies in the delay in sending this card.  I’ve had pneumonia.  Fun times!”  Yikes!  She has a lot more to say, in about 18 lines of tight, neat text, including the fact she is working on cross-stitching a Halo UNSC symbol: “I love all things geeky, especially if I can immortalise my favourite things in crafts.”

The masked cat & mouse are from Grodno, Belarus, and they traveled 5,811 miles and 14 days to be with me.  The sender tells me she is a heating & ventilation engineer whose hobbies are sports and pole-dance.

Stamps & postmarks:


Received from Canada, Germany, Taiwan, & the United States

A new handful of cards, received through both Postcrossing & swap-bot:


The two on the left are both from the U.S., and both part of a swap-bot postcard trade.  The top image, of Idaho Springs, Colorado, comes to me from Denver, where the sender tells me she remembers going to an old abandoned gold mine in Idaho Springs as a child with her family.  She also says Idaho Springs is about 35 miles west of Denver, and a stop for skiers on the way back from the slopes, many of whom take advantage of the town’s hot springs.

The bottom image, “Wacky Big-Hair Lady” (or as the painting’s artist, Lilian Westcott Hale, called it, “The Reading Woman II”), comes my way from Birmingham, Alabama, where the sender tells me that like Wacky, and like me, she is “a big reader.”

The rest of the cards come my way through Postcrossing.  That beautiful nature shot comes to me from Bielefeld, Germany, but I have no idea where the photo was taken; Bielefeld, the sender tells me, is “far away from the sea…so far away…haven’t any water around…”  Sounds absolutely miserable!

I love that card from Taiwan!  The photo in the corner is an embedded slide, making this a fun card to hold up to a light. You can probably notice that though that photo, the shadow of the underlying card is showing.  The card’s sender tells me, “I know you love to eat.  So if you have any chance, you must visit my country.  There are may delicious food in my country.”  YES!  Taiwan is on my list of top food destinations, and as it happens, I may be getting a few hours of layover time to go there & EAT before too long!

Finally come the fun herd of moose, all the way from Montreal, Canada.  The sender tells me she loves Montreal, but hates the cold winter.  She dreams of moving to San Diego.  Yeah, I am no snow bunny.


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