Cute & Fuzzy Animals: Sent to China, Japan, & Poland

A few Postcrossing Forum cards today:

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Cuuuuuuuuuute…

The sea otters are off to Warsaw, Poland, to a Postcrosser who had otters on her wish list.  She opted in for the “wish list” half of the “Studio Ghibli – Something from Your Wish List” tag.  She is a brand-new member of Postcrossing!

Snoopy is on the wish list of a trader in Tokyo, Japan who is taking part in the “Far East to America” tag.  She’s the “Far East” half.

The seals & sea lions from the Marine Mammal Center go off to Tongling, China, the “Asia” half of a “USA-Asia” trade.  This Postcrosser included “cute animals” in his wish list–and animals don’t get much cuter than this.

Update on a **#%^ Cipher, and, Sent to Belarus, China, Netherlands, and Taiwan

Let’s start with an UPDATE!  You know that one post from last week?  Yes, that’s the one: the one about that cipher Postcrosser in Germany who provided zero profile, zero favorites, zero way of getting to know her or to know what to send or say to her.  Well, she got the card I sent her!  I reprint the entire message she sent me between the two lines below:



Yes, you read that correctly: she wrote absolutely nothing in the “Hooray message” that would normally contain a little thank you.  So we have here someone who put zero effort into Postcrossing, sucking all fun & enrichment out of the (non-)encounter, for this user at least.

Hey, I just thought of what I should have done as far as a message on her card, rather than the minimalist note I described in my original post!  If I had it to do over again, I would have printed out my own profile, & pasted that to my card, so she could have an example of a user profile!

This does not end poorly, actually. I got a second automated e-mail from Postcrossing about the card I sent to Cipher: a user in France added it to her wall of favorites!

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Okay, now for the current slew of postcards, counter-clockwise from the top left.

The elephant seal is bound for Gomel, Belarus, where the Postcrosser professed a love of nature.  If you ever find yourself on California’s Highway One just south of Big Sur, you have got to stop at Piedras Blancas and see the hordes of elephant seals, the crowd a bit different at every time of the year.  Until you can make that journey, you can peek in at them via webcam!

The alphabet will end up, I hope, in Den Helder, Netherlands, with a Postcrosser who said she enjoys alphabet & letter cards.  Happy to find a good home for this, one of the few cards I have left from the big box ‘o book cover postcards which was all had to rely on when I first started Postcrossing a bit over a year ago.

That wonderful tiger (who, as it happens, was photographed not far from San Simeon) is on its way to Shandong, China, to someone who says he likes to collect stamps.  The card has four different stamps, all very nice, I think.

Finally, there is the recycling.  The box labeled It’s-It goes to Taoyan, Taiwan, in a Postcrossing Forum food package postcard tag.  The It’s-It factory is quite close to San Francisco International airport in the city of Burlingame.  No tours, but there is a factory store, where they sell some varieties of the ice cream sandwich I’ve never seen in stores–and also mugs & t-shirts, of course.  On my first visit, I bought a mug–and also a cooler fulla sammiches. You see this postcard is hacked not from a sandwich package, but from the box for a special product made of two components from the sandwich: the crispy oatmeal cookie, and the chocolate dip.  Wonderful stuff.

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!

Received from Hungary, Russia, & the United States

A beautiful trio of cards just in!

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Starting at the upper left, with the card received from Budapest, Hungary through Postcrossing.  You can’t tell from the scan, but those wavy lines added behind the architecture reflect light, as do thin silver lines added to each of the structures.  The card’s writer tells me that she shares my interest in sea life & aquariums, and that she loves manta rays.  Me, too!  If you’ve ever been swimming in the sea, and a manta ray shows itself–well, WHOA is the best way I can describe that experience!

Also through Postcrossing, from Cheboksary, Russia, comes that awesome dino card! The writer tells me her city is on the river Volga, the longest river in Europe.  The card is so cool, I had to look up the name of the artist.  It’s Alex Andreev, a Russian artist who has a lot of fascinating creations.

Beautiful stamps, too!

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The bottom card comes my way from Ontario, California, through a swap-bot trade–though the beautiful (if injured) elephant seal pup pictured was actually in the Falkland Islands.  I told the sender I love making frequent visits to the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas, near San Simeon, California. The writer of this card actually put in the effort to inscribe a note of some length & substance, easily winning a swap-bot star rating for making this already-beautiful card an extra joy to receive.