Catch-Up Edition: Received from Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, & the U.S.

It’s kind of false to call this a catch-up edition, because at this point, I don’t think I’ll ever be caught up. I thought this would be a good way to keep track of my postcards, but who has time? Anyhow, after a very long absence, here we go with SOME of the cards I’ve received over the last few months since my last post.

Could there be any postcard more wonderful than this Grandma Duck card that found its way to me from Lelystad, Netherlands?

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I also love this postcard from Qingdao, China!

More Doraemon! This one from Poland.

from a friend in the U.S…

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from Germany…

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Also from Germany:

…and again.

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…and again, again. This one below is from a guy who describes himself as a 30-year-old enthusiastic tobacco pipe smoker.

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Received from Colorado, U.S.A. I had no idea Ikea sold postcards, did you? I don’t even know where I would start to look for them. The second I go in, the only thing I’m really looking for is the exit…

Here comes something tasty from Korea. The sender says, “nakjibogguem is a stir-fried octopus. It is made with chopped octopus and vegetables. Then make a marinade with red pepper sauce, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and sugar. Mix, marinade them and fry everything. It is pretty delicious with spicy taste. Hope you like it!”

I love this tasty dish of Chairman Mao’s Red Braised Pork from Shanghai, China:

From Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China:

Here’s a dish of food (“pyshenka with butter and piroshki (patty)) from Russia, and I it was dated 2015, about 4 years and 1 month before I received it. It turn out that the sender just apparently had the mid-20-teens on his mind: it was issued and mailed less than a month ago.

More Russian bread:

Received from Shanghai, China:

Received from China–must have been a Postcard Uniting meetup–lots of signatures!

From Hangzhou, China:

From South Korea:

From Shantou, China:

From Finland:

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From Belarus:

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More pink edibles from Belarus:

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Something sweet from Russia:
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From Poland:

Bulgaria:

Slovenia:

From the Philippines:

This one from Russia kinda freaks me out…
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…if you think it’s not freaky yet, pair it with the message scrawled on the back:

Why are you so prickly, Hedgehog?
–That’s me just in case. You know who my neighbors are? Foxes, wolves, bears.
Happy Postcrossing!

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Let’s Just Agree to Ignore One Another: Sent to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, & Thailand

A mere 10 postcards this time! What’s the story with the title? We’ll get to it, but not too much into it–later.

Elephant & Piggie are going to Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.

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The recipes from a box of cake flour went to Niigata, Japan. Do you ever try the recipes on a food package? I have, from packages of chocolate chips & cocoa powder. I heard from the card’s recipient, and she does not cook anything from the recipes printed on food packages.

Off to Bangkok, Thailand, in a “marine life & sea creatures” tag, goes this sun star from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I tell the card’s recipient I enjoy visiting aquariums when I travel, and have been to her local, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

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Piedras Blancas Lighthouse goes to Saitama, Japan. I go to the area often, but never to the lighthouse; in fact, I just learned you can get a tour! For me, the draw of Piedras Blancas is the thousands of elephant seals. As it happens, on the very day I wrote this postcard, I took a little day trip down there to see the current denizens of the beach.

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Far, far north of Piedras Blancas are Northern California & its coastal redwoods. This card goes out by request to a Postcrosser in Lublin, Poland, who noted, “blank in an envelope, please.” I’ll ignore that like she ignored my notation that I send my cards stamped and written, as the snail mail gawdz intented. And as I suspected, her “profile”is nothing but a list of cards she wants.

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For a food tag, this goes to Jakarta, Indonesia. I may have already mentioned that this vegetarian Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown isn’t the best representation of its genre–but I sure liked getting free postcards!

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Aladdin, Jasmine, & Abu are off to Hong Kong in a Disney tag.

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This cool Totoro card should end up in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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Franklin is off by request to Taichung, Taiwan. I sure wish he–or any of the Peanuts characters–had won that election!

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More Peanuts: Li’l Lucy is headed for Yokohama, Japan.

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Before stamps, stickers, & washi tape, let’s look into my Postcrossing Forum U2U inbox. I just got a thank you from an earlier send to聽Taichung City, Taiwan, with a little museum report:

Thank you so much for the beautiful cards! They arrived at the same time 馃榾聽We don’t have a lot of museums in Taiwan. There are two in my hometown, the science and art museums. But the museums are small and do not have a lot of works contained. I once took my foreign friend there and she said it was boring compared to those in her country. Thank you for always using great stamps 馃榾聽Have a great day!

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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. 聽The card went off in a Postcrossing Forum tag to Saitama, Japan, to a recipient who enjoys picture book art. 聽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. 聽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聽R盲yrinki, 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 馃檪 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 馃檪 –

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. 聽Babu’s Kati–Masala Pizza flavor–was okay, but too sweet, I think. 聽Needless to say, it was munch better than any Hot Pocket. 聽It’s on its way to a swapper in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Instant update on Babu’s Kati! 聽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. 聽They are from a box of off-brand Chex cereal. 聽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. 聽I don’t remember where or when I got this stuff, but doesn’t it look delicious? 聽I love these dark chocolate/biscuit combos, like the LU Little Schoolboy. 聽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. 聽I’m glad I finally found a use for these spacey stickers I bought quite a long time ago. 聽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. 聽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! 聽They come via Postcrossing, Postcrossing Forum, Postcard United, & swap-bot. 聽Let’s start with my two very favorite, one of which is this delicious image of char siu bao! 聽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. 聽Pretty cool how the postage “stamp” is part of the printed image. 聽The sender tells me:

The weedy seadragon is native to Australia and are a threatened species. 聽They are found in seaweed beds along the southern parts of Australia. 聽They can grow up to 45 cm (18 in) in size. 聽They are slow moving and rely on their leafy body parts as camouflage in the seaweed. 聽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. 聽I could have stayed there all day watching them and the seahorses!

Otters! 聽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. 聽I like this one enough to keep it around!

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I’d regift this nice couple, though! 聽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. 聽The sender asks:

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

Maybe I will! 聽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! 聽So rare that I have postcards traveling to & from there, so it’s a real pleasure. 聽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. 聽Hard to tell, as it was scanned separately! 聽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! 聽One of my favorites this time around would be the beautiful sun conure from Australia. 聽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. 聽Oops! 聽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. 聽I would love to find myself here! 聽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. 聽I haven’t been to Malaysia yet, but I have been to neighboring Singapore, where kopitiams–and this breakfast–are also a big thing. 聽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. 聽I love it at home, and I love it abroad. 聽And I will eat it here and there. 聽I will eat it everywhere! 聽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. 聽So I hope u could have fun in China one day!” 聽I would like to spend many days doing so! 聽This beautiful building on her postcard is the Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop, located in Pingyao, Shanxi, China. 聽It dates back to 1823, and聽is thought to be聽the first draft bank in China’s history.

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More food comes my way from a Postcrosser in Slovenia. 聽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). 聽You know what food I DO聽love? 聽C’mon, have you even been paying attention? 聽I love kaya toast!

More buildings, more Postcard United, this time from Pozna艅, Poland. 聽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. 聽馃檪 聽I love almost every kind of active spending time e.g. skiing, cycling, hiking or canoeing. 聽I hope that you’ll like this postcard picturing Liberty Square in my hometown. 聽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. 聽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! 聽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! 聽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. 聽The sender writes:

“I really like America. 聽It is so beautiful! 聽I have there this year for work and travel in Big Sky. 聽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.” 聽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. 聽After my search, I asked her if she meant Big Sky, Montana, not far from Yellowstone National Park. 聽Indeed, she did:

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

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

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

The 3 cards at the bottom all came in an envelope from a Postcard United member in Wysokie, Poland. 聽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. 聽This fella wrote on the nicest of the cards–the owl:

“I collect postcard and magnets from different countries. 聽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. 聽I’d feel guilty even sending them out in a Postcard United or Postcrossing assignment. 聽I ended up scanning them and adding them to my Photobucket of “offers” for when I enter such reverse tags in the Postcrossing Forum. 聽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. 聽In truth, thanks to the way Postcard United apparently works, I have indeed ALREADY sent him a card from my region!

Nice stamps! 聽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聽for a swap-bot “movie/TV” postcard swap. 聽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! 聽When it came out, I did indeed go see it, and really enjoyed the entire thing. 聽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. 聽Sigh. 聽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. 聽You can see that down below.

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

Hearst Castle is next. 聽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! 聽Astro & the Dogs are headed for Shanghai, China, to a recipient who wrote, “I prefer like: Marvel, Harry potter, Game of Thrones.” 聽Since I had none of that, I sent her Astro Boy, UglyDoll, Battlestar Galactica. 聽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. 聽She says she doesn’t like any animals except cats & butterflies. 聽Oof!

She also doesn’t like to receive religious themes–the exact opposite of the Postcard Uniter I drew in 艁贸d藕, Poland, who prefers them. 聽Since I have none of that, I combed his profile for other possibilities. 聽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! 聽I pulled out the聽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,聽Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Finally, the tiger went to New Taipei City, Taiwan, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade. 聽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. 聽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. 聽That is, until several days ago, when Melissa Rose posted Postcrossing vs Postcard United on her blog, The Anxious Canadian. 聽She sold me immediately, because she is using it smoothly herself, and because of her statement, “due Postcard United鈥檚 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! 聽Thank you, Melissa Rose!

I聽dove in.

I dove in hard: I not only signed up; I also became a supporter! 聽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. 聽Here the assigned countries are, in reverse order. 聽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. 聽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? 聽What? 聽In Postcrossing, you have to give permission. 聽Ah, well. 聽Also, I was assigned the U.S. (and another country) twice, something that does happen, but more infrequently, in Postcrossing.

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

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Next up: Chile! 聽My first card to–or from–that country. 聽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”). 聽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 馃檪 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. 聽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:

聽 “…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! 聽Georgetown, Guyana is the destination. 聽The nation set up a temporary Postcard United account in celebration of their Golden Jubilee–50th anniversary. 聽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. 聽I chose the jaguar because it’s their national animal. 聽I wished them a happy anniversary, and also peace & prosperity. 聽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). 聽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. 聽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. 聽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? 聽I wrote to her, in text a little larger than usual:

“Greetings from California, U.S.A.! 聽I’m new on Postcard United, too–a couple of weeks newer than you. 聽I have been on Postcrossing for a couple of聽years, though. 聽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. 聽Also, I do love getting mail. 聽And also, despite the fact I don’t collect postcards, I have amassed a lot that I love & plan on keeping. 聽But that’s not why I’ve taken to this somewhat time-consuming hobby. 聽Anyhow, onward… the Big Sur postcard is winding its way toward a Uniter in Schweiz, Switzerland–another rare聽Pok茅mon! 聽The recipient is a 43-year-old woman who enjoys聽photography, as well as collecting, reading, & studying books. 聽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. 聽And it goes to: Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. 聽WHAT, THE U.S.?!? 聽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. 聽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聽she says she thinks of聽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! 聽My first-ever postal contact with this country (and not my last, as you may have already noticed). 聽The recipient, says she is retired, married, and the parent of two young adults. 聽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. 聽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? 聽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. 聽I grabbed that California map–she did say she’d like map cards–and wrote:

“Greetings from California, U.S.A.! 聽I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, quite close to San Jose on this map. 聽I have just signed up for Postcard United, and am in the midst of sending out my first batch of cards. 聽I have been Postcrossing for 2 years, though. 聽I enjoy learning about other places & people. 聽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. 聽I’m in this for the joy. 聽I love sending people things, but… nevermind, let’s continue on.

Stamp聽Collage with Sheep went off on its way to a 39-year-old man in Wysokie, Poland聽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. 聽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!” 聽Then I found this delicious food blog entry, 10 Reasons Why Medan is Food Heaven! 聽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. 聽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.” 聽Also, he likes “Risque or ‘mature’ cards – pinups,” and I think this “GIRL Crossing” card covers both bases. 聽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! 聽Updates to come.

A sampling of the stampling follows. 聽Do you have a favorite stamp from those shown below? 聽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. 聽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! 聽Artless, uninspired, uncredited–and of course it was part of the disappointassortment. 聽I papered over many of this mistakenly-purchased hell-set of cards with stamp collages, but somehow, this card escaped that treatment. 聽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. 聽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. 聽I picked this up at a cool old single-screen cinema near where I work. 聽Just another reason to give them my business!

A cavalcade of backsides:

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