I Dispute Nearly Every Single Thing She Wrote: Received from England, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, & the U.S.

Let’s get right to it!

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I LOVE THAT SEAL CARD.

“Hello!”  That card, and the one below it, are both mine thanks to another swap-bot “upcycled postcard” trade.  This piece of art was created by a swapper somplace in the U.K., who tells me:

“I have used part of the box from my dog’s dry food!  Her name is Daisy & she is a Border Collie.  We rescued her 2 years ago from a puppy farm.  She is an absolute beauty!”

The fig image is from Hartford, Connecticut, and the sender writes:

“If you can’t tell, this is a picture of pomegranates.  I love pomegranates, but they are too much work!  This cardboard is from a Graze box.  Graze is a company that sends you little boxes of snacks.  Healthy snacks.  They are delicious.”

I dispute nearly every single thing she wrote, except for the part about the cardboard being from a Graze box. Figs are distinctly different from pomegranates–and those are figs.  I tried Graze sometime back–perhaps on a recommendation on a similar panel from this same user–and, yuck.  Dried junk easily found at local stores, and their mockery of international flavors in their soups?  Oof!  I do not know why they would show a photo of fresh fruit on their packaging, when what they offers is the farthest thing from fresh.

My favorite postcard in this batch is certainly that seal, which came to me from a Postcrosser in Dordrecht, Netherlands.  She tells me that like me, she loves the sea, but she doesn’t get to go much, due to the fact her husband has a leg wound.  She is hopeful that next year they will be able to start enjoying vacations “with our little caravan.”

That swingin’ Brighton card is from a friend of a friend in Peacehaven, East Sussex, England, who wanted to trade cards with me.  She tells me that hers is a small town, 7 miles outside of Brighton, and:

“Most people here dress like the dudes in the picture and drive the same cars–well, our friends do anyway!”

Those poor elephants make me sad.  The card is from a Postcrosser in Fukuoka, Japan, and she tells me:

“My hobby is walking, drawing, reading, eating and travel. I traveled to Thailand 10 years ago.  Thai-Food was very spicy.  I like curry. 🙂 And you?”

Yes, very much.

Finally, we get to the card at the bottom right.  It’s from Valkeakoski, Finland, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “last trip” tag.  The sender writes:

“We visited TALLINN, Estonian on June.  It’s an old characteristic town.  From Finland it is rather cheap to buy a cruise to Tallinn or to Stockholm, Sweden.  I have visited both towns several times. On the card you will see the oldest part of town and the castle on the right corner up.  It is on the hill.”

Stamps, sticker, & postmarks:

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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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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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