Goop in the Cereal: Received from England, Germany & the US

Wow, I love this Snoopy card so much.

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It’s from England, from a Snoopy-infatuated post-pal who usually has a hard time finding Snoop-cards to send, but she tells me, “it was actually in my collection of cards and I had 2!”

I also really love this “aloha” card, which came to me from Düsseldorf, Germany via Postcard United.

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The sender tells me:

I am a 30-year-old highschool teacher… at the moment, I am enjoying my holidays. Mainly by reading a lot because the weather is not very good and I do not have the opportunity to travel this time.

Here, from Sunnyvale, California via a Postcrossing Forum “food and drinks” tag trade, comes a fascinating fact about coffee, which is either true, or not so much:

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The sender tells me:

This “fun fact” really grosses me out, yet here I am, drinking my morning cup of coffee!!

I was on my second cup as I read that.

I’m more grossed out by this cereal box panel, sent to me from Bad Meinberg, Germany, in a food package postcard tag

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The sender writes about the cereal:

It’s a new edition because it is baked with popcorn. It tastes good but not as good as I expect it. Do you have similar cereal combinations in the USA?

No–or at least not that I know of. What is grossing me out is that once I read the cereal brand is “Vitalis,” it sparked some basic relic of information in my brain (which I confirmed with an internet search): “Vitalis” was a gross hair product men used to use in the 1970s. Now I know why the cereal isn’t as good as that guy expected.

Stamps! Some really special ones this time, don’t you think?

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The Cinephile: Sent to Czech Republic, Denmark, & Germany

I made three more Postcrossing draws.  Before clicking that “send a card” link, I took a look at my traveling cards.  Poland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, India…I already knew exactly what country would come up.  “Germany,” I said, and then I clicked…YUP!  Germany!


That’s where the Lincoln Center card (at bottom right) will go, to a Postcrosser in Dusseldorf, Germany.  He said he’d like a card with black & white photography, so there he goes.

Also into black & white shots is the Postcrosser I drew in Znojmo, Czech Republic. I don’t care for black & white photography, but this person & I do share something in common.  She says that she loves watching movies “at cinema (not on TV).”  Me, TOO!  She says she goes to her local cinema once a week.  Now, I don’t always get that opportunity, but I can say I went to the movies twice last week, and twice (so far) this week!

After filling out two black & white cards in a row, I was about to pass out of boredom, so I was thrilled to be able to choose that colorful Hearst Castle view for my next recipient. She lives in Fredericia, Denmark, and she mentions that she likes castles. She mentions a lot of things she likes, but first, she writes, “I’m absolutely not in to demands. So the following is only meant like a lead to you.”  Oh, I do like her.


Beasts surrounded by coded speech: Received from Germany, Hong Kong, and Russia


The eerie scene with the blue-glowing trees came my way thanks to a Postcrosser near Düsseldorf, Germany.  Parts of her message are very mysterious: “Music is important for me.  It makes me more.”  Wha’?  And then there is the closing line: “Enjoy your life!”  This is, I think, the second time I’ve received a card bearing this send-off, and each time, I can’t help feeling it might be some sort of a thinly-veiled threat!

The sea lions are more welcoming. They are at an aquarium in Queensland, Australia; the card was purchased during a trip taken by a Postcrosser from Hong Kong, who sent me this card as part of a Postcrossing Forum “marine life and sea creature” tag trade. The sender is a university student who was actually doing some of her studies Down Under, and she tells me, “I enjoyed the time as it was very relaxing.  Unlike Hong Kong, we didn’t have a lot of homework.”

The final card is another Postcrossing Forum tag trade, this time one for food packaging.  What do you think this is?  Some sort of breakfast cookies?  The people are somewhat unkempt, and there seems to be some sort of coffee-for-cookies trade being attempted here… It comes from a sender in Surgut, Russia, who tells me, “at my place there live two cats.”  Uh-oh: more code?