Sent to Netherlands and Thailand

Postcrossing news:

The card I sent to Elspeet, Netherlands has reached its destination, after a trip of 5,477 miles and 7 days.

The card I sent to Stonava, Czech Republic destination in 16 days–or maybe a lot less time–after traveling 5,937 miles.  I say “maybe a lot less time” because of these words in the recipient’s thank-you note: “Sorry for my late I was very busy for few last week and I still do not have much free time.”

So now I get to send out 2 more cards via Postcrossing.


Two unique pieces of art.

The top card goes to Bang Bo, Thailand.  It’s my first card to–or from–that country! I wish I could go along with it, and enjoy the scenery, the art, and not least of all, the food.

The bottom card, another by the artist Narboo (seen on this blog several times–though not nearly as many as that tiger), goes to Rijen, Netherlands.  SO MANY Postcrossing users in the Netherlands! My list of traveling postcards nearly always includes Netherlands & Germany.


Sent to Israel & the United States

Three out today, for a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade.


Clockwise from the top left, these cards will go to:

Mooresville, North Carolina

Mooresville is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers, along with an IndyCar team and its drivers, as well as racing technology suppliers, which has earned the city the nickname “Race City USA.” — Wikipedia

Topeka, Kansas

In August 1998, Topeka renamed itself “ToPikachu, Kansas”, in reference to a character from the 1990s video game franchise Pokémon. — Wikipedia

Ramat Gan, Israel

Ramat Gan is a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel. It is home to one of the world’s major diamond exchanges, many high-tech industries, and Israel’s tallest building, the Moshe Aviv Tower. — Wikipedia

The two top cards feature art by Coplu, based in Canada & Turkey; the art in the bottom card is by Seattle-based Narboo, whose work has been seen here before once or twice.

Sent to: Thurles, Ireland; Jena, Germany; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Anaheim, California

Several to share this time–plus an added bonus rant!:

Thurles is a town in County Tipperary, Ireland. Thurles Shopping centre was recently extended and plans to open a new a Tesco store to replace the current store in Liberty Square.  — Wikipedia

The swap-bot exchange was actually a book trade, but I sent a postcard, too, to explain why I chose the book I did from this person’s Book Depository wish list (Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club).  As for choosing a postcard for her, she had mentioned being a big fan of The Lord of the Rings.


The Hobbit is close enough, right?

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Jena is a typical German University town.  It has a twin city relationship with Berkeley, California.  — Wikipedia

Another round of Postcrossing, another card to Germany!  Postcrossing settings let a person choose to not send multiple cards at a time to the same country–otherwise I am sure I’d have multiples going to DE in each round!  Just speaks to how many Postcrossing members the country must have.

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Yes, this one again.

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Saint Paul hosts a number of museums, including the Goldstein Museum of Design, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Traces Center for History & Culture, the Minnesota History Center, the Alexander Ramsey House, the James J. Hill House, the Minnesota Transportation Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and The Twin City Model Railroad Museum. — Wikipedia


This user seemed like a creative, crafty type, so I thought she would like this card. As I said in my note to her on the back, this is a book I would enjoy having!

The swap-botter who will be receiving the above card spent a good amount of space talking about what I’ll call the demandy-ness of some members: long, very specific lists of those types of cards which are okay to them–and those which are definitely not.  This is a negative aspect of the experience I’ve noticed since the beginning, and I agree with my fellow user here that it seems to go against the entire spirit of the Postcrossing/swap-bot project.  One profile of full of wanted/unwanted cards specifics I read recently read more like a manifesto/hostage note. If folks have a collection they want to complete, it doesn’t hurt to mention they would love to receive certain items–but they are best-off grabbing their wallets and heading over to ebay.

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Anaheim has undergone a rigorous transformation in creating metropolitan beautification to attract tourism. In 2007, the city celebrated its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) by opening the Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars near the Harbor Boulevard entrance to the Disneyland Resort. The first star to be placed on the Walk of Stars was for Walt Disney, the man most responsible for making Anaheim the hugely popular tourist destination it is today.  — Wikipedia

I’ve been paired with this particular Anaheimanian previously.  This time, I sent her a postcard by the Seattle artist Narboo, whose work has also been seen here before.


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Are you a swap-bot and/or Postcrossing member?  I’d love to hear about your experiences, including those related to the “demandy-ness” I wrote of in this post!


Sent to Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 539,939. Vilnius has some of the highest internet speeds in the world, with an average download speed of 36.37 MB/s and upload speed of 28.51 MB/s. — Wikipedia

The card I sent to Worclaw, Poland has arrived!  It traveled 8 days and 5,828 miles.  Now, I get to send out another card through Postcrossing.

The recipient of my card mentioned a love for local artists, so I sent this image by Narboo, of Seattle, Washington:


If you ever spend time in Seattle, you are sure to see this guy ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE.