Recycling Day! Received from Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Indonesia, & Malaysia

This time it’s all about postcards hand-hewn from food & other packaging, and received through trades on Postcrossing Forum and swap-bot. I love them! Sometimes at the supermarket, I’ll see a box of cereal or cookies, and all I can think about is: that’ll make a great postcard. And sometimes, that is the product’s absolute best function!

This wide-eyed panda came from Great Britain, and the sender tells me it is from a “Buttons ice cream box.”

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The chocolatey bar came from Dresden, Germany:

I decided to send a card made out of a package of muesli bars to you. I sometimes eat muesli bars as a snack during long days at university. This sort is just granola with chocolate & honey. I prefer them them with additional cocoa flakes though.

Next up, from Malaysia, a very appealing former package. I love mango, but not the dried kind, which, despite the very fresh-looking photos on the box, is exactly what this product is:

It was bought by my mum when she visited Penang (a tourist attraction in Malaysia).

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The Tikka Masala box is from the same region–Indonesia this time–and the sender writes:

I’m sending you this instant Tikka Masala spice mix, whereby all you have to do is dump in this mix, some chicken & potatoes, and voila, dinner is served!

The “Carneval” is from Finland, and the sender tells me it is a cookie:

‘Keksejä’ is cookies in Finnish, ‘Kex’ is in Swedish. They are popular with children. I like them because they are quite cheap and there’s lot of them in the package. 🙂

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I can’t get so excited about the final postcard: a cigarette box. Well, at least something good came out of that whole enterprise. This is from Greece, and the sender writes:

We sell cigarettes in our shop. These superslims came out a few years ago. People can buy a carton or 1 pack. In England they have 10 or 20 in a pack. We have only 20’s. Wish you health, happiness & faith…

‘K.

Onward & upward: it’s stamp & sticker time! These Indonesian stamps got canceled to within an inch of their lives.

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Malaysian stamps make my day.

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Pop-Tarts–and other inedible objects: Received from Northern Ireland, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States

Pop-Tarts: YUCK.  So dry, so hard, so unsatisfying.  Is this what hardtack was like?  This swap-bot chunk of cardboard (no more cardboard, really, than the product inside) from a grown woman  in Saint Paul, Minnesota who admits, “Pop-Tarts are never as good as I think they’ll be.  But I’m a sucker for pumpkin fall treats.”

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The rest of the cards came my way via Postcrossing.

The Giant’s Causeway–whoa!  It’s in Northern Ireland, and the sender from Derry tells me, “it’s one of our most famous landmarks/attractions.”  I looked it up, and learned from Wikipedia that this “…is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.”  It’s so amazing, because as I viewed more photos, these seemed to me to be individual cement pourings assembled together.  I read further, and was satisfied by the legend that these were indeed made by man, or more precisely, by the giant Finn MacCool.

The drawing of the pair hugging came to me from Tyumen, Russia. This Postcrosser tells people in her profile that she is “waiting for cards with date and warm words.”  No date on the card she sent me, but here are the warm words: “I wish you good day.”  In her defense, the back of the card was already, for some reason, printed with 8 lines of text, with wide spaces between lines.  Created for people who don’t know what to write?

The Jungle Book card, a fun surprise, is from Slovenia.  Also not much writing on the back, also not much room left for writing, thanks to additional Mowgli & Baloo art.  Sure, I would have been able to squeeze in a decent-sized message on each of these two cards, but I am special!  Just like everyone else.

Stamps, stickers, postmarks & stuff:

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Love that pig.