Switcheroo, or Double Switcheroo? Sent to Estonia

The cool thing about Postcrossing Forums is that you get to choose the tags in which you participate.  Do you want to send & receive cards made from food packages?  There’s a tag for that!  Cards from a postcard book?  They’ve got that!  Animals? Islands? Ugly cards? Yep, yup, and oh, yez!  So when I tagged a Postcrosser in Tartu, Estonia, in the Snoopy/Peanuts tag, I knew my card would find a good home.

Or maybe not so much.

In her U2U (internal Postcrossing Forum email) to me to give me her mailing address, the person I tagged wrote, “I´m very thankful, if you will change your cards and send to me fauna postcards.”

WHAT?!?

I went to look at her profile, and asked “WHAT?!?,” again, as I read this line:

“Sry, but i don’t like drawn postcards and also i don’t like postcards with…cartoons…”

HUH?!?  WHY ON EARTH would you enter a themed tag, if you don’t want cards that fit in with the theme?

Further, she wrote to me, “please, if possible, send a card / cards in an envelope.”  Not only against the spirit of Postcrossing, but, as I say in my auto signature on the Forum, I send my cards as the snail mail gawdz intended: written & stamped.

¡Increíble!

Here’s the card I sent:

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A backside?  Yes, this card has one: and as you’ll see, I was able to give her some fauna.

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My Quarters for a Map Card! Sent to England, Germany, Japan, Macau, Scotland, Switzerland, Taiwan, & the U.S.

A dozen outgoing cards to share this time, and lots of variety.  Make sure to check out all of the stamps, stamps, stickers, washi tape, & weather doodles at the end!

But before we end, we begin.  And we begin with some food recently detailed in another post.  This portion went out to Alamo, Texas, in a swap-bot trade of ad/food postcards.

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California’s Grapevine–a very yawny route–went to Macau, in a Postcard United draw.  I don’t remember sending to or receiving from Macau before, but that’s all changed now.  A day after I drew this user’s name, I RECEIVED a postcard from her!  This is not the 1st time that this has happened to me on Postcard United.  Do you use the site, and has this happened to you?

The California state map with the gigantic surfer went to Schiffdorf, Germany in a Postcrossing trade in which we were to send the person we tagged a card from among those they had marked as favorites.  This was my very last state map postcard!  It’s a crying shame, because for some reason, a whole lot of postcarders seem to love & collect map cards.  I even took a day trip to touristy Monterey, California, last week, in part to restock on California map cards.  I popped into SO many stores selling cards–one of them had a huge wall of cards–and I encountered ZERO map cards.  I’ll be taking an overnight trip up the coast this weekend, & see what I find.

Next set of 3!  The “Keep Surfing, Dummies” shark swam off to Lynnfield, Massachusetts, in a Postcrossing Forum trade where partners choose the card they would like from those in an album the previous tagger has posted.  Scroll down & I’m sure you’ll be able to identify the card’s backside, seriously themed with oceany stamps, stickers, washi tape–and even a lurking shark!

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The very bored-looking reader went to Glasgow, Scotland in another favorites tag.  This Postcrosser’s profile mustn’t have given me too much to work with, because I behaved like a scoundrel & wrote about the weather.  To be fair, California weather has been extraordinary lately: 101, a major state highway, was completely closed down in southern San Jose due to flooding.  Heck, animals at the city’s zoo had to be moved.

Peanuts!  That’s off to Dongshan County, Yilan, Taiwan in another Postcrossing Forum trade.  That one was all about cards going to & from that country, so I’m happy to say another Taiwanese Postcrosser will soon be sending me a card.

Next set of 3, and aren’t those otters beautiful?  Every once in a while–and a couple of times recently–a wild otter will hop up to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s great tide pool exhibit, give birth, and hang out for a day or two before hauling back out with her new pup.  This card, and several other otter cards purchased at the aquarium, ended up being the only postcards I purchased during my day trip I mentioned earlier in the post.  This card went to my post pal in Hawaii!

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Kitty in pearls went to Tokyo, Japan in yet another Postcrossing Forum tag.  Yes, I love those trades.  You should check them out, if you never have.

Another beautiful kitty, the tiger, went to Poughkeepsie, New York, for a swap-bot trade of “beachy” postcards.

The last trio of postcards here go out in a pair of Disney-related swap-bot trades.

Beauty & the Beast are on their way to to a trader in Metairie, Lousiana, who might have the most beefed-up swap-bot profile (or any profile, for that matter) that I have ever seen.  Music, books, movies, TV, plus her Hogwarts house AND plenty of writing prompts for would-be correspondents–these are just for starters!  I enjoyed her list of dislikes, perhaps most of all this section:

“misspelling (stationery includes envelopes; stationary means affixed 🙂 and poor grammar (should have; a lot; lack of commas in direct address; don’t even get me started on it’s and its or they’re, there, and their :(“

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Rapunzel’s prison should end up in Sion, Valais, Switzerland; and Snow White & friends went to Brighton, Sussex, England.

Okay, time to look at all of those backsides!  If you look closely, you will see a few changes in weather in the time I was preparing these cards.

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Okay, here comes the back of that shark card I shared…

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Oh, it was really windy when I prepared the Disney cards.  I created a new weather doodle!  Also, a few days before writing these cards, I had been to San Jose’s Japantown, where I bought a sheet of silly sushi stickers, which I used on all 3 of these cards.

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DONE!  What do you think?  What are your favorite cards/stickers/whatever this time around?  And how much do you want to bet I will never see another California map card out in the wild again?

 

 

Deadly Exclamation Point Leaks: Sent to China, Finland, India, & Taiwan

All but one of today’s cards go out in Postcrossing Forum tag trades.  Five lucky people we’ll be touching upon today:

The battling elephant seals go to an animal lover in Udupi, Karnataka, India who says she loves “anything that is unique!!!!” Whoa!  Well, this card is unique, because as far as I know, it is sold only in a single location, a restaurant in San Simeon, California–this being because the shot was taken by the restaurant’s owner.  After having sorta recently eaten and shopped for postcards at that establishment, I can say I will definitely return for more postcards.

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Kitty in pearls head to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, to a university student majoring in accounting who said she likes “anything related to cats!!!!!!!”  Whoa!

Snoopy would have been a good choice for President.  He’s headed for some international diplomacy in New Taipei City, Taiwan, where the idea of Postcrossing excites her, because she’s “never had a conversation with any foreigner before, I feel really excited and I look forward to it.”

SpongeBob!  That’s the one Postcard United send this time, and it is somewhere on its way to a junior high student in Fuzhou, Fujian, China who says she likes SpongeBob.  She says she is “very happy to fall in love with a postcard, it makes me feel a lot of warmth.”

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Finally–and back to Postcrossing Forum–there’s Doctor Lucy.  The forum’s Snoopy/Peanuts tag goes for months at a time without a hit, likely due in large part to the dearth of Peanuts postcards available in the U.S., as I often moan about in this space.  Why can’t I just walk into my local Hallmark stores & pick up stacks of Peanuts postcards?  Because they don’t exist!  Okay, I’ve got to stop this.  Lucy goes off to Riihikoski, Finland, to the person who a couple of months ago tagged me in the same thread, & sent me the Sally Brown card I’ve displayed here previously.

Okay, time for a look at the stamps, stamps, stickers, & washi tape…

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Six More Off into the World: Sent to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, & the U.S.

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Lucy & Schroeder are headed off to a Postcrosser in ‘s-Heer Arendskerke, Netherlands.  This sounds like a TINY place!  As Wikipedia lists it, “two circles of houses around a Protestant church, on a single main road with an obsolete village hall.”  All that, & no railway station since 1928.  The recipient says he enjoys funny cards that will bring a smile to his face, and this “HEY!!” card certainly does that for me.

The Jetoy cat is on its way to Pepinster, Belgium.I looked up Pepinster, and learns that it lies at confluence of the rivers Hoëgne and Vesdre.  Here’s a beautiful river view one might enjoy in Pepinster. What’s interesting about this Postcrossing draw, is that it’s the account of a man who’s been on the site for over 8 years, but right now is having cards sent to his daughter and her girlfriend, who are engaged to be married next June.  So I guess he is still sending out cards, and then having his daughter register the incomings?  Dunno, but I hope they enjoy this postcard!  It’s been a while since I’ve sent out any Jetoys.

Skipping around to get all the regular Postcrossing draws in at once, the monarch butterflies of Pismo Beach are destined for Reutov, Russia, which I learned is a “science town.”  The card’s recipient says she was born in Siberia, but moved to the Moscow area for school 17 years ago.  She appreciates cards that tell her about attractions she should visit if she visits the senders’ countries.  I told her there are many monarch groves along the California coast, but that the one in Pismo Beach may just be my favorite.

The beach scene is going out in a Postcrossing Forum trade, and it’s off to Singapore. In his profile, this Postcrosser said he might especially like for senders to share something unique, perhaps landscapes, from the places where they live, or from a place to which they’ve traveled (actually the topic of this specific trade).

Now, let’s talk about the recycling!  These are bot for a swap-bot trade of “upcycled cardboard,” and I love participating in these.  Hello Panda will land in Oceanside, California (isn’t the name inviting?  It’s near San Diego).  Cap’n Crunch goes to Kiel, Germany, which the Cap’n may just love, as the city is a major maritime center & home to Kiel Week, the largest sailing event in the world.  Ahoy!

OH–take a look at the stamps, washi tape, & stuff.  You may be able to tell I’ve made a recent Daiso trip.

Do you have any favorites among the cards, stamps, & tapes here?

 

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In Which I Try My Hand at Writing in Chinese: Sent to Brazil, China, & Taiwan

More time in the Postcrossing Forums:

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The It’s-It cookies are on their way to Taoyuan, Taiwan, in a food package postcard trade.  I wish I could find these cookies in grocery stores!  Every time I’ve bought them, it’s been during visits to the It’s-It factory.

Tiger at top right is headed for Nanching, China, to the girlfriend of the person I tagged in a USA-Asia thread.  He wants to surprise her with birthday greetings from strangers.  He sent me an image of the Chinese characters for “happy birthday;” you can see my efforts below.

Dale & Daisy are going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This was for a “I Spy” tag, in which the person I tagged said she spied a big tree.  There are several in that gorgeous photo.

Cat with a Pearl Earring is destined for Henghshui, China in a China Meets the World tag trade.  This Postcrosser, based on what she has sent out, seems to like art & cats, so I figured she has to love this.  I talked about one of my loves, going to the movies (today’s flick: 24).

Stamps, stamps, & washi tape:

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Spicy Egg Curry: Sent to Finland & Indonesia

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Hold on, I’ll get to this part…

I sent a couple of cards off on their way, both for Postcrossing Forum trades…

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Kitty has to go, and it’s going to a Jetoy-desiring Postcrosser in Kuopio, Finland, thanks to a “Hello Kitty/something from your wish list” trade in which her wish list included Jetoy cards.  So now before too long I should be getting, from someone, somewhere in the world, a Hello Kitty postcard.   I did make a note that I’d like it better still if I were to receive not necessarily Hello Kitty (who is not a cat), but one of her friends–fingers crossed for Badtz-Maru!

The dog is going to Bekasi, Indonesia, to a person whom I recently tagged in another Postcrosing Forum trade.  Back then, the tag was in a “marine life & sea creatures” trade; this time, it’s “Far East to America.”  I’m the America part.  The recipient had a list of desired postcards, and one of those desires was cards with dogs.

So, what did I write about?  Inda nu shaak, or carmamelized onion, coconut, & egg curry! I received Meera Sodha’s Made in India cookbook as a Christmas gift, and was looking forward to getting to work on the recipes.  I didn’t have to wait long; I was invited to a brunch, to which I was asked to bring “a vegetarian breakfast casserole.”  Of course, I wanted to bring something I would actually want to eat–so I thought of Indian food!  The finished dish was delicious: coconutty, tangy, sweet, spicy, and delicious– though it did make the most elderly of the attendees think she was “having hot flashes again.”

Stamps, washi tape, sticker:

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A splash of color, with chocolate-flavored flavoring: Sent to Belgium, Japan, Russia, South Africa, & the United States

A colorful handful this time!

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Five more lucky people in this world! I would be thrilled to receive any one of these postcards. =D

The three on the left are all “chunks of cardboard” going out in my favorite ongoing swap-bot trade.

Crunky went off to Goleta, California.  The box made for a rather small postcard, but still a very cool one, I think.  The candy was not good chocolate, didn’t taste great, but it was tolerable once I got used to it–just like a Nestle Crunch bar in that way.

I told the swapper in Geel, Belgium, to cut up that Toucan Sam card!  That is why I bought the cereal–several boxes of it–but I have ended up giving away every single one of these cube-craft panels, not saving one to put together myself!  Such a sad story.

The Hello Panda boxes always make for great postcards, I think.  This one went to a swapper in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, with whom I have been paired previously.  I hope I have not sent her this before! I think most recently, I sent her part of a ginger ale box.  Scroll back in the blog & let me know, would you?  🙂

The two postcards on the right are for Postcrossing draws; the aloha Jetoy went off to Arkhangelsk, Russia.  In her profile, this Postcrosser wrote of the “white nights” where she lives.  I had to look that up, and I have to admit I like the idea of it being sunny at midnight.  She also mentions loving snow, and I admit to nothing there: I like it warm & light, year-round.  I don’t necessarily get it, but I like it.  Thrilled not to live near snow.

Finally, that beautiful view of beautiful Pacific Grove went to Hiroshima, Japan.

Wax Coating nearly spoils the day: Sent to Australia, Ireland, & Malaysia

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The frozen food packaging is headed for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a Postcrossing Forum tag for postcards made of food packaging.  I’d tagged this user before, & sent her a panel of a Chex cereal knock-off, so I reached for something a little different this time.  Are you a samosa lover?  They are actually pretty easy to make from scratch, dough & all, but this product can be good, too–also a quick way to achieve the Burmese salad samusa thote. I learned, as I started to write on the card, that there was a bit of a wax coating on the inside of the box.  Fortunately, I was able to scrounge up a felt-tipped pen to save the day (and the postcard, onto which I’d already affixed six stamps)!

The other two cards are regular Postcrossing draws.  Kitty is waving goodbye as it heads off for Canberra, Australia, to a Postcrosser who says she has a house full of teenagers & cats.

The ship has left for Dublin, Ireland, to someone who says he would like a postcard with a ship.  That’s the one I have!  Uh, had!  I purchased it a month or two ago in case of just such an emergency.

Beautiful & (somewhat) historical: Sent to Germany, Taiwan, & Thailand

I was down to only 3 cards out via Postcrossing–gotta send out a few more!

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The butterflies are migrating to Bangkok, Thailand, to a recipient whose list of likes includes beautiful gardens, traveling abroad, seeing different cultures,architecture, museums, people, and national parks.  I think she may love this card.  I forgot to mention to her that when I visited her city this year, I visited an enclosed (indoor/outdoor–an enclosed outdoor space) butterfly garden in a huge park.

The Jetoy cat is on its way to Taichung, Taiwan, to someone who indicated another Jetoy card as a favorite among postcards she’s received.  I like this statement from her profile:

“Receiving postcard from other country, from people i don’t know is a special experience. Just like open a gift you never expect. Postcrossing color my daily life. Hope people who receive my postcard feel happy and surprised.”

The tiny post office is going to Ingolstadt, Germany, to a Postcrosser who is interested in ancient & historic architecture & sites.  I swear this is the closest I’ve got!  The building is about 65 years old, and Walt Disney visited this location way back when he was planning on building a family amusement park.  Super historic!

To get halfway: Sent to Canada, England, Finland, & Italy

I seem to have reached a new Postcrossing milestone: I have sent enough postcards out, that I am now allowed to have as many as 12 going at a time.  To get halfway to my new allowance, I have mailed out these four cards:

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Guidonia, Italy is the destination of the marine life card on the upper left.  The Postcrosser said, “my favorite theme postcards and ‘ medicine (nurses, doctors, health etc.)…Royalty and celebrities in General,” but since I had nothing with Nurse Jackie or the Kardashians, I sent this beautiful card, instead. I told her that I enjoy the Steinhart Aquarium (part of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco), and how grateful I am for the library card benefit that allows the occasional free admission, as this museum charges way too much.

The Jetoy cats are going to Bournemouth, England, where the recipient says she enjoys hugging cats and looking at stars.  I love it when I am able to come up with a card that encapsulates two or more of a person’s interests!

The manatees will make their way, slowly, to Nuoramoinen, Finland.  This was among the most nature-y of my current cards, and the Postcrosser did say, “I love nature,animal and landscape cards, something which tells story of you town or country. Or just Suprise me!!”

Lastly, the interesting antlers are destined to land in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  The recipient said she would love cards with rainbows, and this was the closest thing I had.  This Postcrosser actually devoted most of her profile to listing expired cards, so, figuring she’s a devotee of dramatic events, I told her about the earthquake I experienced the night before.