My Hobby is Running in the Street: Received from Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, and the United States

Here’s a batch I’ve been neglecting to log–mostly regular Postcrossing arrivals.

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DONALD DUCK!  Shiny!  The card comes to me thanks to the Postcrossing Forum “Far East to America” tag, and is from a nice sender with whom I’ve exchanged cards before.  She’s in Hamamatsu, Japan.  She writes:

“I work as a cooking teacher.  I selected this card for you, because I could find the many Donald Duck cards in your favorite!  We have the rainy season in June and July.  I sometime feel uncomfortable with high humidity.”

I love that “Hawaiian Rain Forest” postcard–heck, I remember those U.S. stamps!  Now, it was sent to me in a swap-bot “I HATE This Postcard” trade, but the sender (in Hamden, Connecticut) writes:

“I don’t really hate this PC!  I love mail in general, but this card–is in the way it doesn’t fit like the rest!  And you like Hawaii, so here you go another sign that you must get there one day.  P.S. All mail needs a P.S. too right?”

Okay, I don’t understand what she is writing, but I do like the card.  And two of the three stamps. I do HATE the third stamp, though!  You can check out the stamp photo below & decide for yourself which of the three stamps is the hated third.

We have a double serving of chocolate this time around. The fancy ones with the cinnamon sticks & coffee beans come from a Postcrosser near Nizhny, Russia, and the card’s back bears a stamp collection–5 great-big ones!  I love the mammal, which turns out to be a wolverine!

The other choco serving is a food package postcard (thanks to Postcrossing Forum) from a sender in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who writes:

“Let me share a ‘phrase’ with you: ‘busy is a choice, stress is a choice, joy is a choice.’ choose well.”

 

The photo postcard of the trees is from a 15-year-old Postcrosser in Farroupilha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, who writes in his profile that his hobbies are “jiu jitsu and run in the street.”  He writes:

“This postcard is about an important place in my city there you can run and relax with your family!  Bye!”

Finally, the illustrated food card–“from RUSSIA with love”–is from a Postcrosser in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and she writes:

“I live in this big city and work as a doctor.  I like travelling very much and making photos.  My husband calls himself a gastronomic tourist, we love going to restaurants in different countries and try local food.  I’ve never been to USA, but my husband was in California.”

Stamps–lots of them!

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A Great Day for Postcards! Received from Finland & the U.S.

Two cards yesterday–and I love them both!  An especially nice sight to see, opening the mailbox on my b-day.

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Just looka that cool retro retro cool PEZ postcard!  Sent to me from a loved one in Massachusetts, it was purchased at THE PEZ factory in Connecticut.  Did you know that the U.S. has one PEZ (yeah, you gotta capitalize that, like SPAM) (the difference between PEZ and SPAM being that I will actually willingly eat the latter) factory, it is in Orange, Connecticut, and you can visit it?  Now, there is a PEZ Museum close to me, in Burlingame, California but it’s a rather small affair, and–no relation.

The squirrel came to me from Kemi, Finland, in a regular Postcrossing send.  I love it!  Squirrels do it for me every time.  There’s another rodent on the backside: a cute li’l bunny.  Instead of getting off my rear to take another photo in decent light, I looked up the stamp online, so that I could share the image below. I see Finland has had a LOT of rabbit  stamps over the years.  The stamp on my card immediately makes me think of the brand-new USPS animal photo stamps.  Also reminds me: I took a little road trip to the San Luis Obispo area last week, and while I was walking through their botanical gardens, I was lucky enough to see a few rabbits hopping around, feeding.  Sure, it’s not deer, but I enjoyed quietly hanging back, watching.

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“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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Catch of the Day, with Garlic & Tomatoes: Received from Netherlands & the United States

These JUST in:

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A trade of Disney postcards on swap-bot brings that Toy Story illustration, from a sender in Connecticut who says she hasn’t been to a Disney park since 1995, and never to the original site in California.

That coffee run originated in the Netherlands, from a Postcrosser who says that a recent cooking class she took taught her:

  • Italians never cook red meat with garlic
  • Tomatoes came to Italy from the United States

Stamps!

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Received from Poland, Russia, Taiwan, and the United States

A big, accumulated batch, received through both Postcrossing and swap-bot.  Working clock-wise from the top left:

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I think I like the doors the best, how about you?

The first card came to me from Russia, having traveled 5,978 miles in 35 days to get to me.  The sender tells me this painting is the work of Alexander Yurkov, who painted using materials such as “withered fallen leaves and grass.”  What an interesting experience it would be to try doing that!

Next comes a swap-bot “read in February” trade, postmarked from Hartford, Connecticut.  The sender read a book called Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey.  What a mouthful.  My correspondent tells me that the book “is a riveting read, despite being filed under ‘Sewage Disposal Plants > Accidents > Massachusetts’ at the library.”  Hmm!

The Taiwan postcard is from Taiwan.  It took 16 days to travel 6,465 miles to reach me, and is from an 11-year-old girl who says she likes to eat watermelon.  I do, too!  I do wonder if perhaps there should be a “Postcrossing Junior” to make sure that young people, who do deserve to participate in what can be a fun & educational hobby, are safe from any possible creeps out there.

Finally come the doors.  It was a 13-day trip over 5,846 miles to get to me from Warsaw, Poland.  On her profile, this Postcrosser tells the world,

“I work as a tourleader all around the world…usually, you can find me in Asia, a place I like most of all.”

Yes, I am pretty darned jealous right about now!  On the postcard, she tells me, “I love to eat and visit places through their cuisine.  And I also love Asian food!”

Some stamps…

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