So Hard to Keep Track, Though: Sent to China, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Taiwan, & Thailand

Lots of cards to show off this time: more than I can actually keep track of, as you’ll see. Mostly Postcrossing Forum tags, with a couple of Postcard United sends. Please let me know what you like!

I love sea otters! This one goes to Bangkok, Thailand–and I am jealous.

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Trinidad, California goes to Lublin, Poland

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This beautiful tiger is headed for Hong Kong. Also to Diessen, Netherlands!

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The pelicans should land with a brand-new Postcrosser in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Although he is participating in the forum tags, he has yet to upload a profile, which is always a disappointment to me.

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California Coast Highway 1 went off to Larissa, Greece, and the Grinch (from the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts) went to Saitama, Japan.

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Uhm, I didn’t do a good job keeping records on this next pair, but one is going to New Taipei City, Taiwan. This stuff is hard.

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Here we have one off to Sarsborg, Norway. I hope the recipient enjoys this dramatic coastal scene.

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Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape. Do you have any favorites?

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Blast Off to the Eclipse! Sent to Canada, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Poland, South Korea, & the U.S.

Here comes another post that I started, but shelved for some reason. I had pretty much finished this one, but did have to go back & fill in a little detail here & there. You can tell it’s been sitting in the fridge here for a couple of months or so, seeing as it relates in part to that well-hyped eclipse, now pretty far in the rear-view mirror. Read on, & enjoy!

This great work of art is from 10 Little Rubber Duckies by Eric Carle, and I picked it up at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.  The card went off in a Postcrossing Forum tag to Saitama, Japan, to a recipient who enjoys picture book art.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the post, you’ll see there is more picture book art on the back of the postcard: Green Eggs and Ham washi tape, purchased at the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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To a cat lover in Echizen, Japan, I sent this Jetoy postcard.  It also goes out in a Postcrossing Forum tag, and since the recipient says she likes reading, watching movies, & traveling–and I do, too–I told her about my last read, last movie attended, and last trip taken.

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Next up, the card on the left (a scene from the Hearst Castle gardens) went to Chantilly, Virginia; and the Rocky Mountain National Park scene went to Chicago, Illinois.

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Another Postcard United draw: this reading kitty went to Räyrinki, Finland.

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And ANOTHER Postcard United draw–this one went to Seoul, South Korea–and I like that this user offers writing prompts:

*If you don’t know what you should write me, here are some hints 🙂 May 2017 question :> Pick one and answer it please! 1. “Why some people are fascinated with vampires?” 2. “If you can get a superpower, would you like to be a superhero or a villain? and why?” Backside ideas :> -your favorite book / writer -your favorite movie / series -favorite animal, have you got a pet? -favorite food -favorite quote -your hobbies -your love story 🙂 –

One of the types of postcards she wanted was movie-related, so I sent her this l’il movie poster picked up at a local cinema.

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The next trio of cards are hewn from food packaging, all sent off in the current round of a swap-bot “Chunk O Cardboard” trade.  Babu’s Kati–Masala Pizza flavor–was okay, but too sweet, I think.  Needless to say, it was munch better than any Hot Pocket.  It’s on its way to a swapper in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Instant update on Babu’s Kati!  The card has been received:

Hi there! Thank you so much for the Masala Kathi chunk o cardboard. I especially like the orange price tag on the front, and particularly the postage you used. The postmark situated itself just between the spaceman and the solar eclipse! Was very fun to receive, and brightened my day!

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The gardening tips went off to Topeka, Kansas.  They are from a box of off-brand Chex cereal.  Actual quality cereals do not have room for gardening tips; they use all of that space telling you what cool toys are inside the package.

The DeliChoc panel landed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.  I don’t remember where or when I got this stuff, but doesn’t it look delicious?  I love these dark chocolate/biscuit combos, like the LU Little Schoolboy.  Mmm.

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BraveStarr here went to Budapest, Hungary, to–well, I just don’t know whom. I was assigned this user when I clicked “send a card” on Postcard United, and the user had absolutely no profile at all. I wrote a friendly note:

Greetings from California, U.S.A.! I was sad that you have no profile. Most of the fun here is getting to know a little bit about other people. Maybe soon?

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Another Postcard United, this one to Rybnik, Poland:

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Stamps, stickers, & washi tape time. Do you have any favorites?

 

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Here comes the scan that gives this post its title.  I’m glad I finally found a use for these spacey stickers I bought quite a long time ago.  If you compare this scan to my previous post, (or if you’re lazy, even just the moon stamp that appears right above this text block), you will see that in the day between those scans and this one, the temperature in my house (and of course, out) has risen considerably.  These heat-sensitive stamps are showing their full moons. At the very bottom of the post, you will see a colder version of the stamp.

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We Begin with Buns & a Dragon: Received from Australia, China, Germany, India, Poland, South Africa, & the U.S.

NINE (count ’em!) cards to share this time around!  They come via Postcrossing, Postcrossing Forum, Postcard United, & swap-bot.  Let’s start with my two very favorite, one of which is this delicious image of char siu bao!  The card is from Shanghai, China, and the sender writes:

You know the picture of the food on the postcard? It’s steamed bun and it’s a little sweet. You can usually eat it in Guangzhou province in China.

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The beautiful seahorse card is from Australia.  Pretty cool how the postage “stamp” is part of the printed image.  The sender tells me:

The weedy seadragon is native to Australia and are a threatened species.  They are found in seaweed beds along the southern parts of Australia.  They can grow up to 45 cm (18 in) in size.  They are slow moving and rely on their leafy body parts as camouflage in the seaweed.  Although I haven’t seen a seadragon in the wild, I have seen them at Seahorse World in Tasmania, which is a working seahorse farm who have guided tours.  I could have stayed there all day watching them and the seahorses!

Otters!  That one is from Lowell, Indiana, and was part of a swap-bot “recycled postcard” swap, which means this sender received the card from someone else, but slapped a new backing on it & sent it my way.  I like this one enough to keep it around!

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I’d regift this nice couple, though!  The card came to me from Poland, from a Postcard Uniter who tells me she is 20 years old, and she loves to travel and cook.

Still more mentions of food on this colorful night view from Nanjing, China.  The sender asks:

Have you tried a special Chinese snack called spicy dry tofu?  It’s a famous snack in China.  It’s spicy, little sweet and salty.  Maybe you will love it!

Maybe I will!  Since she didn’t include the Chinese name in Pinyin, I couldn’t tell if it’s one of the tofu snacks I’ve tried.

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More scenery, this time from India!  So rare that I have postcards traveling to & from there, so it’s a real pleasure.  The image is labeled as being of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, Sikkim, India, and the sender tells me she picked up the postcard there “when on the Darjeeling-Gangtok-Kalimpong circuit!”

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The gazebo came to me from Virgina, and it’s labeled as being at Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin.

These two avid readers were sent to me by a swap-botter in Germany, and she says:

Well, I don’t know about you, but if I have to choose between the 2 newspapers–I definitely go for the comics!!!”

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I took a hard look at the comics section, and was able to discern the strips printed here: Peanuts, Andy Capp, Blondie, and Prince Valiant.

The last card is made from the panel of a waffle box, and it is not as tall as most of the postcards, but much longer than any of them.  Hard to tell, as it was scanned separately!  It came from a swapper in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa.

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Okay, it’s finally time for stamps, stickers, and washi tape!  One of my favorites this time around would be the beautiful sun conure from Australia.  See anything YOU like?

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There are some Russian stamps in this card, because while doing the scanning, I overlooked the fact that I’d already logged the corresponding card.  Oops!  The stamps are still interesting though, so enjoy (again)!

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A Bit Heavy on the Kaya: Received from China, Malaysia, Poland, Slovenia, & Thailand

Six incoming cards this time–let’s start with my two very favorite!

The dino is just the bottom of a 3-tiered dino stack found in Beijing, China‘s 798 Art Zone.  I would love to find myself here!  I received this postcard in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.

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I received the kopitiam card via Postcard United, from a Netherlands native now living in Malaysia.  I haven’t been to Malaysia yet, but I have been to neighboring Singapore, where kopitiams–and this breakfast–are also a big thing.  I had my kopi with milk, and I left most of my egg behind–eggs are a taste I have yet to really appreciate, at least most of the time–but I love me some kaya toast.  I love it at home, and I love it abroad.  And I will eat it here and there.  I will eat it everywhere!  I do so love kaya toast.

Staying on the topic of food, the next card was sent by a Postcrosser who tells me that she’s a foodie, and that “there are many kinds of delicious snack in China.  So I hope u could have fun in China one day!”  I would like to spend many days doing so!  This beautiful building on her postcard is the Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop, located in Pingyao, Shanxi, China.  It dates back to 1823, and is thought to be the first draft bank in China’s history.

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More food comes my way from a Postcrosser in Slovenia.  She lists the foods (her writing is a little hard to read, but we can look these items up using the print on the card image), then says, “maybe you’ll ever eat these foods.” Not-so-fascinating fact: I don’t care for honey, olives, or olive oil (I think Olive Oyl is kinda cool, though).  You know what food I DO love?  C’mon, have you even been paying attention?  I love kaya toast!

More buildings, more Postcard United, this time from Poznań, Poland.  The sender tells me his is one of the largest cities in the country, and he also writes:

“I’m an attorney and I really like my job.  🙂  I love almost every kind of active spending time e.g. skiing, cycling, hiking or canoeing.  I hope that you’ll like this postcard picturing Liberty Square in my hometown.  Wish you all the best!”

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The last card is from Thailand, received in a swap-bot trade of free ad cards.  I see it was produced by an Australian initiative that invites emerging artists to apply to have their work printed on its free cards.

Stamp time!  I especially love that one on the bottom row, sporting a photo from Krabi, Thailand.

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The Problem with Food Tourism: Received from Poland, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Three awesome cards up top this time, starting in Hawaii with another cooool Peanuts card from the Suntan Snoopy collection!  Thanks, Cindi! And the special stamp, which you’ll see at the end of the post.

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That beautiful image of a tea house at night is from Taipei, Taiwan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum trade.  The sender writes:

“I really like America.  It is so beautiful!  I have there this year for work and travel in Big Sky.  I really had a good time there, hope can go again.”

And so it happened that I, the American, went online to look up “Big Sky.”  Now, I’ve been once or twice to a Big Sky Cafe in San Luis Obispo, California, but I assumed that’s not what she was talking about.  After my search, I asked her if she meant Big Sky, Montana, not far from Yellowstone National Park.  Indeed, she did:

yeah! the town in Montana 🙂
and I worked in Big Sky Resort, the largest ski resort in the United States

The wonderful–delicious–illustrated card is from a Postcrosser in Tainan, Taiwan.  He writes:

“I’m an university freshman majoring in education.  If you have a chance to travel, welcome to Taiwan.  We have a lot of special, cheap and delicious foods.  Maybe you will love it.”

Do you know what the problem with food travel is?  Not enough stomach space.  VERY frustrating.

The 3 cards at the bottom all came in an envelope from a Postcard United member in Wysokie, Poland.  Not for the first time in my very young Postcard United career, I have been assigned to a user that had previously been assigned to me.  This fella wrote on the nicest of the cards–the owl:

“I collect postcard and magnets from different countries.  Please send me a postcard from your region.”

Those other 2 cards, I suppose intended to be gifts in trade, couldn’t interest me less.  I’d feel guilty even sending them out in a Postcard United or Postcrossing assignment.  I ended up scanning them and adding them to my Photobucket of “offers” for when I enter such reverse tags in the Postcrossing Forum.  If this sender had looked at my favorited cards, maybe he would have seen something in his collection that woulda been a more motivating bribe for me, but, nah.  In truth, thanks to the way Postcard United apparently works, I have indeed ALREADY sent him a card from my region!

Nice stamps!  Check out the atemoya — AND THE DUMBO!

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Big Hero 6 & the Unmanageable 8: Sent to China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, & Taiwan

I thought I’d wait to share my outgoing postcards until I had sent out a handful or so–and before I knew it, it’d become an unmanageable 8!

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The “Southside with You” movie poster card went to Singapore for a swap-bot “movie/TV” postcard swap.  I picked up that card at a movie theater, and was not just pleased to have a movie postcard to share–I was also excited to see the movie!  When it came out, I did indeed go see it, and really enjoyed the entire thing.  I was happy to be able to write about the movie on this card, as this swapper, though she provides a long, long, profile, it’s not about her–but about what she wants, wants, wants.  Sigh.  Well, one thing she wanted was “vintage tickets,” and though the vintage is probably late 1990’s or later, I glued a few arcade tickets onto the card as a divider.  You can see that down below.

Another movie represented in the next card: “Big Hero 6.”  That went out to Mumbai, India, in a Postcrossing Forum Disney tag trade.

Hearst Castle is next.  It went to a castle lover in Hong Kong, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag.

By the way, I’ve started sending out more cards via Postcard United!  Astro & the Dogs are headed for Shanghai, China, to a recipient who wrote, “I prefer like: Marvel, Harry potter, Game of Thrones.”  Since I had none of that, I sent her Astro Boy, UglyDoll, Battlestar Galactica.  I’m sure she’ll like it.

The Jetoy cat is also headed out via Postcard United; it’s going to a cat lover in Bergheim-Fliesteden, Germany.  She says she doesn’t like any animals except cats & butterflies.  Oof!

She also doesn’t like to receive religious themes–the exact opposite of the Postcard Uniter I drew in Łódź, Poland, who prefers them.  Since I have none of that, I combed his profile for other possibilities.  Good News: he writes,

“JAPAN and USA: please send me card from your country (landscapes, buildings, culture etc) – I am fascinated by this.”

–I can help with that!  I pulled out the Oakland card, and told him a little bit about that city.

Matisse’s “Woman Before An Aquarium” is for a regular Postcrossing draw, and it went out to an art lover in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Finally, the tiger went to New Taipei City, Taiwan, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.  The recipient is a new Postcrosser, an 18-year-old high-school student, and though she provides a list of possibilities for people who really need guidance, she prefaces it with, “no special request for the postcards, they are all surprising gifts to me.”

I just love that.

Okay, have a look at some of the stamps & stuff!

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HEY! I Dove in to Postcard United! Bahamas, Chile, Guyana, & More…

I did it!

I signed on to Postcard United!

I’ve been aware of this Postcrossing-like site for several months, but I’ve resisted up until now.  I was a little suspicious: there are a lot of misspellings on the site, and it’s less than complete, and I was unable to find much independent information about it online.  That is, until several days ago, when Melissa Rose posted Postcrossing vs Postcard United on her blog, The Anxious Canadian.  She sold me immediately, because she is using it smoothly herself, and because of her statement, “due Postcard United’s smaller user count, it is easier to receive mail from rarer countries.” Sold sold sold, sold sold! With 1 out of every 3 of my Postcrossing cards going to or coming from Russia, Germany, or the Netherlands, I’m ready for some variety!  Thank you, Melissa Rose!

I dove in.

I dove in hard: I not only signed up; I also became a supporter!  They said I could send up to 12 cards, so I decided to get to it & send all 12, a task I completed in about 3 days’ time.  Here the assigned countries are, in reverse order.  Some here I have never, ever seen in two years of Postcrossing.

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Yes, I encountered some surprises as I clicked along.  Obviously, there are not a lot of people using the service, because when I got assigned a recipient, then went through the process of reading the profile, picking a card, writing it out, etcetera–maybe puttering around the house actually getting things done in between–often times, when I clicked to get assigned my next destination, only one or two–or zero–numbers had come up in-between the one I’d previously been assigned!

Another surprise: the United States?  What?  In Postcrossing, you have to give permission.  Ah, well.  Also, I was assigned the U.S. (and another country) twice, something that does happen, but more infrequently, in Postcrossing.

Okay, the cards.  My very first assigned addressee is in Gomel, Belarus.  She likes cows, so she gets my cow card here.

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Next up: Chile!  My first card to–or from–that country.  The Cayucos beach scene goes to a 29-year-old in La Serena, Chile, who lives so near the beach that she goes about 4 times a week, after work. She loves touristy postcards, and she asks people to forgo the envelopes (“let’s not waste paper”).  And she, like me, likes having something to red when she flips over a postcard:

“Don’t know what to write? You can tell me about your day, a project you are working on, your dreams and plans, the current book you are reading or something interesting about your city or country, even a nice quote will make my day 🙂 Of course, this are just suggestions and you can write about whatever you want, but please write something on the postcard.”

My third draw brought up Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a rare but always welcome sight on that other site.  This Postcard Uniter (is that the correct way of referring to one another on this site?) has a happy-looking profile shot, and a lot to share about herself; she enjoys:

  “…listening to music, correspondence, collecting stamps and postcards, photography, creative writing, arts, cooking (the list goes on :)) I love nature and so, I love travelling, but it was the thing that I’m not able to do often. I love to learn about other culture in the world, lifestyle, food and unique traditions that colors the existence.”

I thought she would be interested & pleased to see the pair of zebras cuddling next to California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

That extreme jaguar is going not to a person, but to a country!  Georgetown, Guyana is the destination.  The nation set up a temporary Postcard United account in celebration of their Golden Jubilee–50th anniversary.  They’re hoping to get more mail between now & the end of October, and if you’d like to learn more, you can find out here.  I chose the jaguar because it’s their national animal.  I wished them a happy anniversary, and also peace & prosperity.  Not the approximate 13 lines of blahblahblah I usually fit onto a card, but it’s hard to come up with much you want to say to an entire nation (or its publicity arm).  This was very interesting; I’d say most people know exactly one thing about Guyana.

Speaking of not much to say, my next draw, sadly, was this non-uniting Uniter in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, to whom I send the sad little horse.  The entirety of her “profile” is this: “Hello! I love tourist and animal postcards!!! Postcards only please! No photos, folded greeting cards etc, ad cards etc. No religous cards! Thanks!!”

UGH.  Now, should we do her the favor of assuming the fact that she has, as I write this, been a member only 15 days, mean that she just is in the process of writing an actual profile, and she’s here for more than just the swag?  I wrote to her, in text a little larger than usual:

“Greetings from California, U.S.A.!  I’m new on Postcard United, too–a couple of weeks newer than you.  I have been on Postcrossing for a couple of years, though.  I’m not interested in collecting postcards–for me, it’s all about learning a little more about other places and people. Cheers–“

Inoffensively stated, I think.  Also, I do love getting mail.  And also, despite the fact I don’t collect postcards, I have amassed a lot that I love & plan on keeping.  But that’s not why I’ve taken to this somewhat time-consuming hobby.  Anyhow, onward… the Big Sur postcard is winding its way toward a Uniter in Schweiz, Switzerland–another rare Pokémon!  The recipient is a 43-year-old woman who enjoys photography, as well as collecting, reading, & studying books.  She says she enjoys postcards with nice views, and nice views are what Big Sur has to offer.

On to the second set of six cards, and not straying so far from Big Sur, there is the elephant seal in San Simeon.  And it goes to: Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.  WHAT, THE U.S.?!?  Over at Postcrossing, same-country sending is an opt-in thing, and I just assumed… well, I headed over to the FAQ, and found out this.  FINE, let’s not get hung up on this, there are so many cards to send & record…okay, the Marylander is a medical student, interested in postcards of strange animals, and she says she thinks of postcards “as a way to help other people relax at the end of a long work day, make a bad day better, or to be kind.”

Tiger goes to Nassau, Bahamas!  My first-ever postal contact with this country (and not my last, as you may have already noticed).  The recipient, says she is retired, married, and the parent of two young adults.  Lots of personality in her profile:

“I love to read, quilt, Travel and Paper Crafting. I AM A COLLECTOR OF COLLECTIONS. So I have cookbooks, pens , pencils, matchbooks, postcards, stamps, Gift cards, Business cards, Hotel room cards, Tea bags, Tea cups,teaspoons, plates, and aprons. I keep almost everything.”

Postcard themes she said she likes include Disney & fairytales, so I thought she’d be amused by the magical tiger.  She also writes:

“But will be happy with the postcard of you choosing.Currently there are only two of us from my country registered on this site, my niece and I. It has been fun each time I get her address. All the best and may each day bring you lots of postcards, smiles and happiness.”

Hold on, wait a minute: does that mean that the very next person I drew–yes, also in Nassau, Bahamas–is this person’s niece?  Here, minus her postcard wishes, is the entirety of her profile:

“Hello, I am looking forward to getting a lot of postcards.”

Ugh. And she’s been a member for about a year and a half.  I grabbed that California map–she did say she’d like map cards–and wrote:

“Greetings from California, U.S.A.!  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, quite close to San Jose on this map.  I have just signed up for Postcard United, and am in the midst of sending out my first batch of cards.  I have been Postcrossing for 2 years, though.  I enjoy learning about other places & people.  Cheers–“

Too subtle this time; she probably won’t get it.

It’s really a joyless thing, when people leave no profile, or an “I want this, I want that” non-profile.  I’m in this for the joy.  I love sending people things, but… nevermind, let’s continue on.

Stamp Collage with Sheep went off on its way to a 39-year-old man in Wysokie, Poland who says he likes stamps. He also describes himself as wheelchair-bound & lonely, and writes:

“I would like to know postcrossing a lot of interesting and cool people, so I do not feel that I’m lonely. Thank you for all the cards from around the world that are sent to me, I’ll be thankful for everything. I am a person, quiet, a lot of people say that quickly make contact, so if you want to know me, then you can go ahead and write it down. Remember to love people because it quickly away.”

Pretty heart-breaking stuff.

Medan, Indonesia is the destination of Stamp Collage with Ice Cream, and it goes to a stamp collector who doesn’t say too much in her profile, but she does describe her city as “A CULINARY CITY NEAR LAKE TOBA.” Well, being a food traveler, that intrigued me, and I looked it up, and Wikipedia tells me:

“Medan is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, mostly Malay, Batak, Javanese, Padang, and Chinese. Malay people are the natives of the Medan area, and have deep roots in Medan. They began ruling there during the Deli empire (Kesultanan Deli) until now. The empire has many lands and property of heritage in Medan, such as Istana Maimoon, Mesjid Raya Medan, Sultan Deli Pool and many more.  The Javanese are transmigrants. Many of them were forced to move there by the government during transmigration programs.

Because of its multiculturality, Medan has wide variety of cuisine which originated from Malay, Bataknese, Chinese, Indian, Minangkabau, Javanese, Arabs, and Western cuisines.
This city is known as culinary heaven of Indonesia which prominent for its street hawkers offering a great variety of cuisine which often serves cheap local delicacies.”

Oh, you had me at “street hawkers!”  Then I found this delicious food blog entry, 10 Reasons Why Medan is Food Heaven!  Well, until I can make it there, I’ll be looking up some of these recipes!

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It was time, then, to draw the very final recipient of my First 12, and–my home country, again.  The last card goes to Newburyport, Massachusetts, U.S.A., to a man who says he likes cards that are “WEIRD! The Weirder the better.”  Also, he likes “Risque or ‘mature’ cards – pinups,” and I think this “GIRL Crossing” card covers both bases.  I ripped it out of the Klutz Press book, “The World’s Tackiest Postcards,” (published in 1987) which I found at a library book store.

Now that I’m maxed out, I just have to wait for my cards to hit their destinations–and then see the reactions, and the cards that should be coming in my direction!  Updates to come.

A sampling of the stampling follows.  Do you have a favorite stamp from those shown below?  I like all of them, but it’s the Spoonbill I love.

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A Cavalcade of Backsides! Sent to Hong Kong, Poland, and the U.S.

A slew of swap-bottery this time!

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The top two are for an “upcycled cardboard trade,” in which we were to rescue cardboard from the recycling by turning it into a postcard.  The fish postcard, one of a set I made some time ago (down to a single card after this went out), goes to someone in Clyde, Ohio, who says she likes “under the sea” themes. The cloud & rain, from a toy package, went off to Bel Air, Maryland.

The California postcard is the only non-swap-bot card this time around, and it goes out via the Postcrossing Forum Hong Kong to the World Tag, to a recipient who expressed an interest in map cards.

I HATE that postcard at bottom left!  Artless, uninspired, uncredited–and of course it was part of the disappointassortment.  I papered over many of this mistakenly-purchased hell-set of cards with stamp collages, but somehow, this card escaped that treatment.  It’s a good thing, because now it goes to go off to Warsaw, Poland in a swap-bot “I HATE this card” trade!

That “Star Wars Episode I”-looking lady came to me some time ago from Russia, and now it heads off to someone else, thanks to a “recycled postcard” trade, in which we were to slap a new back on and old card, and send it off.  As you will see below, I cut off a portion of the new backing, so that the recipient (who lives in Zweeloo, Netherlands) will get to enjoy the original postage stamp.

Finally, the “Genius” card went off to Plainfield, Illinois, as a part of a “free card” trade.  I picked this up at a cool old single-screen cinema near where I work.  Just another reason to give them my business!

A cavalcade of backsides:

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“Hey, What Do You Want from Me? I Don’t Know You!” Received from Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, & Spain

Bert & Ernie! Bert & Ernie!  Bert & Ernie!  Hey, I got a Sesame Street postcard!

Yes, a handful of cards received in one day, and it’s the Sesame Street card that has me doing the happy dance (though I really do like the crashing surf one shown right next to it here).

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My Muppet friends came to me from a Postcrosser in Haelen, The Netherlands (12 days/5,542 miles traveled).  Not much of a message here, but it does intrigue me: “hello, a postcard from our national cartoons ‘Bert and Ernie.'”  What?  Does she think that B&E are Netherlands creations (heck, does she think they are cartoons)? This pair, plus Elmo, Big Bird & company, are global imperialists–and they were born right here in the U.S. of A., da**it! But it’s in the Nethers that they got their own stamps.  But WAIT: news to me, but there was a Sesame Street stamp in the U.S., too!

Moving along to the beautiful splashing surf, which came to me from a Postcrosser in Łańcut, Poland (21 days/6,002 miles traveled).  The sender tells me this card depicts the Baltic Sea, and she also tells me she enjoys living in southeastern Poland:

“My city isn’t big but I like living here.  We have a beautiful park and a historical museum-castle here.  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to watch NBA games (you know, different time zones).”

The drawing–and the packed beach next to it–came to me thanks to a Postcrosser in Ciudad Real, Spain (8 days, 5,847 miles).  The sender gives me a lesson in Andalsian Rock:

“The origin of this music is very curious.  In the 7o’s Spain was a bad musically country.  American soldiers had military bases in some cities like Sevilla and Cádiz.  There, young people exchanging music and met the hippie movement.  Then the influences of Janis Joplin or Hendrix mixed with the Spanish folk music and a new psychedelic rock emerged.”

 

Finally, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “USA to Any Country” tag, there’s the “De Oude Markt” postcard.  The sender lives near Seraing, Belgium–but not for long:

“…this summer we will be moving back to France… I have been in Belgium for 9 years and loved it.  Belgian people are really kind, they love to have fun, drink beer, and party!  They easily speak to people they don’t know, that is what surprised me the most when I arrived.  I was like ‘hey what do you want from me, I don’t know you.’ :-/  I will miss my life here but I am very happy to move to a quieter place, in the French countryside, in a house with a garden and see the horses when I get up.  I can’t wait!”

Stamps, postmarks, sticker, washi tape: it’s interesting, but the postcard from Poland (the one with the beautiful crashing surf painting) somehow arrived in my mailbox with no sign of a stamp or postmark!  How do these things happen?  I asked the sender whether she knew, but no reply as of this posting.

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Oh! Pickled herring! Received from Canada, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, & Poland

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: 
You hate it, you really hate it!  Still no takers for my offer of thoroughly-recyclable/compostable postcards!  If no one drops me a line soon asking for dibs on this mess, I’m shipping it off to a friend as a gag gift.

 

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So many cards, I’m going to sort of race my way through them.

The Keep Calm and…Raise Hell card is from a Postcrosser in Rybnik, Poland.

The flowery painting card came from someplace in Germany, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “last movie you saw” tag trade.  The sender tells me she saw Deadpool:

“Although I’m not a fan of Ryan Reynolds, I liked his performance a lot!  He was not only ‘cute.’ And the movie was funny too!  I like the Marvel films so much!  So I look forward to the next Deadpool.  And there will be one!”

The last movie I saw, by the way, was Sarbjit.

Next card is that bready one.  It’s another Postcrossing Forum card, this one for a “food package postcard” tag, and it was sent to me from the Netherlands.  The handwriting in the message was extremely hard to read, but I managed to make out that this is a popular bread at Christmastime, and the sender has made it in the past, but sometimes there just isn’t time–and so she bought the stuff in this box.

And then there’s the thing next to the pickles.  Oh!  Pickled herring!  And yes, we are still in the Netherlands with this one.  The sender tells me it’s:

“…Dutch food, though not everybody likes it because of its taste.  But I like it.  I live in a small fishing village called Ueh.  It used to be an island, but was connected to the mainland in 1939 by dykes.  We have a beach, but no tides 😦 because it is a lake.”

Why Latvia?  Because there are beaches!  So proclaims this Postcrossing card from Latvia, and the sender writes:

“Now you will have card from Latvia!”

Uh, thanks.

The last card is that one at bottom right, and it is quite a bit darker in real life, so I’m happy for my scan, which allows me to just barely make out a bit of this scene from Big Hero 6.  The card came to me from somewhere in Canada, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “request a Disney card” tag.  I had provided a long list of Disney cards I’d like, but had to keep adding, due to my obscure desires.  I would be thrilled to receive a postcard bearing an image of Super Goof.

Stampy McStamperson: The Poland-registered Postcrossing card also bears Russian stamps–the only ones on that particular card that were cancelled.  Hmm!  My favorite stamp this time is the bird from Latvia.

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