Mail Boxes, Accordioned: Sent to Germany, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, & the U.S.

This is a very cool postcard that somehow ended up in my hands. If it looks as if it might be printed on a grocery bag, well, that’s not far off: in fact, the stock is so lightweight, the card got accordioned more than just a bit, just standing along with other postcards. It’s good, then, that some brilliant swap-botter thought of creating a “mishap” trade, in which we could all mail each other banged-up, stained, and mutilated cards. This one, in fact, goes to the trade’s creator, who is in Denver, Colorado.

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Isn’t the card otherwise very cool, though? It’s a giveaway from a stationary store in Canada that hosts a monthly letter-writing club.

The rest of the cards this time are heading off in Postcrossing Forum tags. Snoopy & his typewriter are on their way to Diamond Bar, California.

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Elephant & Piggie are going to Helsinki, Finland.

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California Natural Wonders heads off to Marl, Germany.

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Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado) goes to a national park lover in Osaka, Japan, and “California: A Photographer’s Paradise” is destined for a map card lover in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

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Time for stamps, stamps, stickers, & washi tape! I hope you’ll agree that there’s some good stuff down here.

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Powering Through the Depression: Sent to Finland, the Netherlands, & Russia

Trying to power through my newly-acquired depressing postcard assortment, I am happy to be sending 3 off to Europe in these new Postcrossing draws.


Those three happy dancers are stepping off to Tomsk, Russia (one of the oldest towns in Siberia), to a Postcrosser who wrote that she would enjoy getting postcards with beautiful men and women (she capitalized that), street scenes with people, and folk costumes.  Think I’ve more or less got that covered, here.  You might also be interested in learning that she loves “Ian Somerhalder, Mickey Rourke, Robert Pattinson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Alan Delon, Heather Graham, Romy Schneider, Tyra Banks, Stone Sour, Twееn Peaks.”

The Postcrosser in Helsinki, Finland says she is interested in ancient history, having studied archaeology and Egyptology. I told her about the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, California, of which my favorite part is the replica tomb.  A visit to that exhibit is a very immersive, atmospheric experience! Another bit of info about this recipient: she likes classical music, and metal.

That yellow truck is going–by air, I assume–to Jubbega, Netherlands, to someone who says he likes classic cars.  Don’t know if he’d call it a car, but it is a vehicle, and I’m pretty sure one could call it “classic.”  He also states an interesting preference: “*I prefer postcards 10×15 cm*”  I didn’t even translate that, let alone measure the postcard.  I mean, I’m sure you’re a nice guy, fella, but I’m just not gonna measure it for you.

Some, I assume, are good people: Sent to Finland, Switzerland, & Taiwan

3 new Postcrossing draws:


The foggy view of California’s Big Sur is headed for Caotun, Taiwan, who says she is a high school senior, & very bad at grammar.  I don’t know if she means English grammar, or Chinese.  If she’s learning her English from the internet, she is definitely in trouble!

The beautiful tiger is on its way to a tiger lover in Helsinki, Finland. She identified herself by her astrological sign & her Myers-Briggs score, but I am sure she is a nice person, anyhow.

A Dragon Ball lover in Galgenen, Switzerland is getting that Dragon Ball card.  She is a mail carrier, so she may even deliver this card to herself!

Sent to Finland, Japan, and the United States

A swap-bot, and a couple of Postcrossing…


Swap-bot comes first, with a “not my country” trade. I got the tuk-tuk card in Thailand, and now am sending it to a trader in Palm Coast, Florida.  She says she is fascinated by peeling layers of paint, but not so much by books that one might categorize as “trashy romance and cheap poorly-written thriller garbage or religious.”  I can tell you right now that if you tried to read any of that while riding a tuk-tuk, it might be near impossible!  Plus, you would be missing out on the sights.

The other two cards go out on Postcrossing draws.  That poetry book card goes to Helsinki, Finland, to a user whose profile comes in at a sparse 29 words, saying almost nothing more than she likes pugs, and knitting, and reading poetry.  Oh, good–have this card!

The California coast goes to Hadano, Japan, to a  “Kazakhstani” student studying there.  She said she likes cards with a “view of your country,” and so…

Sent to: Helsinki, Finland; Minsk, Belarus; and Quzhou, China

I’m far along enough in Postcrossing now, that I am being allowed 7 out at a time!  Sent out 3 today to get me up to that number.  Some wiki-facts about today’s target cities:

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A narrow, ten-kilometre-long (6 mi) Helsinki Central Park that stretches from the inner city to the northern border of Helsinki is an important recreational area for residents. The City of Helsinki has about 11,000 boat berths and possesses over 14 000 hectares of marine fishing waters adjacent to the Metropolitan area. Some 60 fish species are found in this area. Recreational fishing is a popular hobby among kids and adults alike.

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Minsk is the major cultural center of Belarus. Its first theatres and libraries were established in the middle of the 19th century. Now it has 11 theatres and 16 museums. There are 20 cinemas and 139 libraries.  Minsk is also the major educational center of Belarus, with about 500 kindergartens, 258 schools, 28 further education colleges, and 36 higher education institutions, including 12 major national universities

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Quzhou has a humid subtropical climate with four distinctive seasons, characterized by hot, humid summers and chilly, cloudy and drier winters (with occasional snow). The mean annual temperature is 17.31 °C (63.2 °F), with monthly daily averages ranging from 5.4 °C (41.7 °F) in January to 28.7 °C (83.7 °F) in July. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 1,705 millimetres (67.1 in) and is affected by the plum rains of the Asian monsoon in June, when average relative humidity also peaks.  70.7% of the land is covered with forest. The rest is densely irrigated and farmed, producing citrus fruits, tea and mulberry leaves.

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I am sending all 3 lucky recipients “the usual.”