Animal & Food Edition: Received from China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, & the U.S.

I love these two little seals! They came to me from Germany via Postcrossing Forum, and the sender writes:

“I saw some cards like this at your favorites so I decide to send you this one. The word ‘wasserratten’ means ‘water rats,’ we also call people who loves to swim this way.”

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The meerkats came from a sender in Italy who seems to have confused them for another animal:

“A few years ago, I visited, together with some friends, a zoo safari not far from my home. The first animal I saw was a lemur, standing on the top of his lair, who watched us curious.”

The wonderful pandas come from Fuzhou, China, but it’s food the sender has in mind:

“In Fuzhou, my favorite snack is called meat yan. Unlike other kinds of wontons, the wrapper of it is made of minced meat and sweet potato flour. I tastes so good that you should try it some day!”

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This offers the perfect transition into the food postcard version of my post. The sweet postcard below if from my friend Cindi in Hawaii, and it shows hula pie. Even better is the Snoopily-decorated back of the card, which appears toward the bottom of this post.

The table laden with Indian delicacies comes from Chennai, India, via Postcard United. The sender writes:

Greetings from Chennai, one of the major cities in India. Here we speak Tamil, one of the longest surviving languages in the world. I am sending you a card that features some of the famous food in India.

Don’t miss the beautiful, huge stamp that was on the back of this card, featuring a scene from the Ramayana!

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“This is a package of ‘mapo tofu.’ Do you know it? Its taste is spicy and hot. I like it.”

Next comes the soup, and it’s from Hong Kong:

“Hope you like my own postcard. Noodle soup is Asian staple food.”

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The last postcard came to me from Germany from the regular Postcrossing, and the sender tells me:

“I’m sending you this card depicting the specialty of my region: Schäufele. It’s the shoulder part of the pork and the meat on the bone. Has to be very tender but it has a crispy crust. Yum!”

Okay, stamp time! In the first row, don’t miss Hong Kong’s Kitchenware Street! I’ll have to check it out next time I am there.

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Cute & Fuzzy Animals: Sent to China, Japan, & Poland

A few Postcrossing Forum cards today:

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Cuuuuuuuuuute…

The sea otters are off to Warsaw, Poland, to a Postcrosser who had otters on her wish list.  She opted in for the “wish list” half of the “Studio Ghibli – Something from Your Wish List” tag.  She is a brand-new member of Postcrossing!

Snoopy is on the wish list of a trader in Tokyo, Japan who is taking part in the “Far East to America” tag.  She’s the “Far East” half.

The seals & sea lions from the Marine Mammal Center go off to Tongling, China, the “Asia” half of a “USA-Asia” trade.  This Postcrosser included “cute animals” in his wish list–and animals don’t get much cuter than this.

Seals Wet, Canada Dry: Sent to The Philippines and Taiwan

Sending some cards out for my new favorite part of Postcrossing, the Forum!

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The first card goes to Manila, Philippines, for a manga/anime tag. This Postcrosser is like me, in that she is wishing for a message on the back of the cards she gets.  She does offer an extensive list of favorites, but, she says:

“…any postcard is welcome. All I would like is to connect with you!  If you don’t know what to write in your postcard, you can tell me a little quirk about yourself…or what your postcard is about, or something about your country! Your favorite quote..a memory that makes you laugh. Or you can write a phrase or a sentence in your language and translate it, that would be really cool! Are you a cat person or a dog person? Anything random that comes in your mind will do!”

The next two cards are going to Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, to different Postcrossing members.  I was not enough of an idiot to ask whether they know one another; after all, Kaohsiung City has a population of about 2.77 million people!

I wonder whether these two know one another.

The harbor seals are part of a sea life/marine animals tag, and the bit of box is for a food packaging exchange.  This last Postcrosser, I learned, has had it up to here with scenic postcards: “PLEASE… NO more city views or landscape cards.”

Well!

Sent to Belgium, Czech Republic, and Germany

I’ve been letting the numbers of my Postcrossing “traveling postcards” dwindle; it’s time to catch up just a bit!

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I would be thrilled to receive these cards, I think they are all so cool!

Working clockwise from the top left, that coastal card goes to a real piece of work in Kamenice, Czech Repupblic, whose profile doesn’t say a horrible lot about himself, but gets into some emotional detail about what he expects NOT to find in his mailbox!

“Prefere to receive interesting and unusual postcard with atmosphere.Please DON´T SEND postcard which are not from your country,no ad cards,no cards with military motive or animals.Thanks … “

He presents a list of things he might like to receive, but is soon back on topic:

“PLEASE NO art, NO selfmade/selfprinted, NO cute or “girlie-like”, NO folded cards, NO sheets of paper(can’t believe that anybody wants to get such “postcards”)- you won’t make me happy with it, PLEASE respect that, thank you! :)”

Okayokayokay!  He DID mention, twice, that he liked landscapes, and thus my landscapey choice for him.  Long list of dislikes leave me deflated, so I was only able to mention a short 10-line message to him (that’s 3-4 lines fewer than my usual average.  The postcard served as its own writing prompt, as the California poppies are in bloom all over right now, and of course I love to go and enjoy the beautiful coastline whenever I can.

That card full of pinnipeds is headed for Dortmund, Germany, to a Postcrosser who lets potential correspondents know:

“I try to draw faces in these times and I need some portraits of people and animals of all kind yet, just to practice practice practice. You will make me really happy, if you find a postcard with portraits of people or close ups from animals. Thank you very much.”

I think this gallery of extreme close-ups of patients at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California should keep her busy!  The center itself is quite busy these days; just moments ago on the radio, I heard yet another update on the rise of baby sea lions washing up on state beaches.

Finally there is that elephant, which if all goes well, will end up in Hemiksem, Belgium.  The Postcrosser there says “I am 46 years ‘old’, but I still feel like 26!” and her list of likes includes .“elephants (pictures and drawings).” At the end of the list is this: “But of course you can send me any card you think I’d like.” This elephant card is the first I’ve sent from a big box of 100 animal art cards I’ve just purchased, and may well be my favorite of the whole lot!

By the way, here are the details of three of my Postcrossing cards most-recently received in their overseas destinations:

* The card I sent to Buxtehude, Germany, arrived in 7 days, after having traveled 5,518 miles. The recipient tells me, “thank you for a wonderful postcard – I love it. I was born and raised near the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, so I, too, love the sea and the beaches and all those amazing animals.”

* The postcard I mailed to Utrecht, Netherlands took 11 days to travel the 5,474 miles to its destination. The recipient writes, “Thank you so much for the card.It’s funny my brother and sister in law are flying of the Mexico tomorrow…Also visiting the beautiful (California) coastal line,where you talking about 🙂 And going to see the elephant seals 😉 …And i’m jealous hope to see them also someday ;)”

* My postcard sent to Taipei City, Taiwan (at the same time as the Netherlands card I just mentioned) arrived after a 12-day, 6,465-mile trip. Its new owner tells me, “thanks for sending the great card! I really like Doraemon!! It’s so cute!!! I hope next time you can have a vacation in Taiwan!!! Taiwan always welcome you!:)”

I can’t wait!

Received from Hungary, Russia, & the United States

A beautiful trio of cards just in!

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Starting at the upper left, with the card received from Budapest, Hungary through Postcrossing.  You can’t tell from the scan, but those wavy lines added behind the architecture reflect light, as do thin silver lines added to each of the structures.  The card’s writer tells me that she shares my interest in sea life & aquariums, and that she loves manta rays.  Me, too!  If you’ve ever been swimming in the sea, and a manta ray shows itself–well, WHOA is the best way I can describe that experience!

Also through Postcrossing, from Cheboksary, Russia, comes that awesome dino card! The writer tells me her city is on the river Volga, the longest river in Europe.  The card is so cool, I had to look up the name of the artist.  It’s Alex Andreev, a Russian artist who has a lot of fascinating creations.

Beautiful stamps, too!

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The bottom card comes my way from Ontario, California, through a swap-bot trade–though the beautiful (if injured) elephant seal pup pictured was actually in the Falkland Islands.  I told the sender I love making frequent visits to the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas, near San Simeon, California. The writer of this card actually put in the effort to inscribe a note of some length & substance, easily winning a swap-bot star rating for making this already-beautiful card an extra joy to receive.