Coast to Coast: Sent to Belarus, Slovakia, & Taiwan

I made 3 Postcrossing draws.  Nothing much to report, based on the profiles, so I’ll just show the cards, & we will all move on!

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Yeh, I’ve flipped NY & CA.  I guess I like to finish with all of that natural beauty.

Destinations:

Gomel, Belarus

Vrakúň, Slovakia

Tainan, Taiwan

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That mystery grab bag, though: Sent to England, Germany, & Slovakia

So, I bought a great big, cheap, “random” assortment of postcards through Amazon.  They just came, I opened them up, and tried to keep my tears from falling on them.  Did I mention they were cheap, though?  I’ll post specifically about the assortment soon, but for now: Postcrossing!

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Some of the cream of the crop. I’d be interested in hearing your experiences of buying bulk postcard assortments.

The tipis, part of the Wigwam Motel in Arizona, are off to Erkrath, Germany.  The Postcrosser describes himself as a man in his 50s living with his wife & daughter, and asks senders to surprise him with the card of our choice.  I thought this odd scene might amuse & intrigue him.  I told him what my internet search for this place turned up: it’s from a chain that started in the 1930s; this location is still open; these units have full baths, cable & AC; and this motel is its city’s largest tourist attraction.  I was lucky that the postcard identified the subject of its photo: most of the ones in the assortment do not.

Those beautiful flours on the railway, for instance: no information given.  Pity.  I’ll tell you where it’s going, though: to Cambridge, England.  The recipient is brand-new to Postcrossing, and mentions enjoying nature.

An English teacher in Košice, Slovakia will receive that nice view of Montana’s Glacier National Park (yes, this postcard did identify its subject).  The recipient says she is the mother of two grown daughters, and is using Postcrossing to revive her childhood hobby of collecting postcards.  One particular thing she mentioned as enjoying on her cards is “beautiful natural wonders.”

Oh, the GAUL! Received from Australia, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain

Mostly Postcrossing here, with a bit of Postcrossing Forum & swap-bot… Oh, who cares about the postcards–let’s skip straight to these stamps!

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Not sure what I think of that ink-stamp impression in the lower-right quadrant: “Thank you Mr. Postman; have a nice day.” First, maybe it’s Ms. Postperson; and second, to be able to notice this enough to read it, s/he is clearly ignoring polite society’s rule about minding one’s own business. How about a version that says, “Hey Mister or Miz Post Person: if you can read this, get your attention back to the address!”

The upper right, the upper right!  What a cool Asterix stamp!  Now, there is another guy with unfortunate facial hair on the bottom row, but I am not so impressed with that one. I think all of the stamps from Australia are wonderful, too.

So, three of these cards are from Russia, two from Germany, and then one each from Australia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.  Not that these even all arrived in the same month, but today is clearly Eastern Europe Day.  And also Spain.  Plus Australia, which isn’t even close to Europe, but does have its certain ties.

Okay, here are the front sides…

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Not what they seem: Received from Slovakia, Taiwan & the United States

“Touristy”-type postcards today, maybe not sent from the places they might indicate:


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When I saw that Georgia card, with glittery lettering & background that barely register in this scan, I assumed it was from a swap-bot tacky postcard trade.  Nope!  It was for one called “not my state, not yours.” The sender lives closer to Richmond, Virginia.  She writes:

“We like to visit a small mountain town in GA named Helen.  It is a bit cheesy, but it is modeled after a Bavarian village.”

I know what she is talking about.  I don’t know Helen, but here in California, we have our own cheesy town: Solvang.

That New York postcard, which you can see sports an old photo of the city, is another “not my state” arrival, this one from someone near Seattle, Washington.  The sender writes:

“I would say I have never been to NY but technically I have–only saw the inside of the NYC Greyhound station about 2 in the morning.  I will visit someday.”

Brr… the snowy card comes from Kežmarok, Slovakia, from a 15-year-old Postcrosser who writes,

“I like skiing and hockey.  I like geology and history too.  I collect minerals and fossils.  My best item is the skull of cave bear.”

Finally, from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, comes that postcard of Angkor Wat.  This is the most complicated lineage of a postcard today: it’s a postcard of Cambodia, sent from Taiwan, by a person who bought it in Vietnam!  The sender tells me that, and then really catches my interest:

“Taiwan’s food is so delicious. I like it so much.”

Stamps & stuff…

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