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!

E E E K !

 

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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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Dude! That’s Not Even a Postcard! Received from Czech Republic, Lithuania, & Slovenia

So, when an envelope from Lithuania appeared in the mail, I assumed it was via Postcrossing, from a sender who (sigh) thinks postcards should be mailed in envelopes.  I was only half right.

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The envelope is from Šiauliai, Lithuania, and it contains no postcard at all, but rather a handwritten letter (I approve) and the gift tag you see at the bottom of the image I posted.  Inside the little card was written, “Best wishes from LITHUANIA to United States of America!”  Now, the letter was from a 16-year-old, and he has been Postcrossing for less than a month, so perhaps he will soon pick up on the “postcard” part of Postcrossing.  It’s funny to me that at the end of his letter, he wrote, “P.S. Postcard ID: LT-49….” As for the content of the friendly letter, it’s very apparent he would like to study–and stay–here in the U.S., and wants some tips.  Unfortunately, I really don’t have any, but advised a cross between asking his college counselors & doing copious internet research.  He’s also interested in pen pals, even giving his email as well as physical address.  Sometimes I wonder how safe these sites are for young people, you know?  I limited my communication to answering some of his questions within the Postcrossing thank-you message field.

Going back up to the top of my image, that puppet card is from Kladno, Czech Republic, from where the sender tells me that these are “puppet characters Grandma and very famous Hurvinek.”  I looked up Hurvi, and see he hails back to 1926, making him older than Mickey Mouse!

The card with the crocs comes from Bovec, Slovenia, and is from a real postal carrier!  He says:

“I have such a great job.  🙂  Happy mail (except bills) bring smiles on peoples’ faces.  Wish you a lot of interesting mail and enjoy what you like to do.”

Stamps, stickers, postmarks, & stuff:

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Even at magnified size, I have no idea what that sticker above the priority label is supposed to be.  Can you help?

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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Fun, double-sweet, with a strong chaser: Received from China, Malaysia, Slovenia, & the United States

Love that cut-out postcard with the bottles o’ booze!

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It came to me from China, via Postcrossing, and the sender tells me, “this is a card about the traditional Chinese wine ‘Er Guo Tou.'”

Next we have a pair of chocolatey treats, first from the swap-bot chunk o cardboard trade, from a swapper in Arizona, comes the talenti gelato bar.  The sender tells me these things are “confirmed tasty.”

I would probably first go for the Magnum bar, since there is no caramel involved.  This one is from Selangor, Malaysia, via a Postcrossing Forum “food package postcard” tag.

The old toys came to me from a Postcrosser in Trbovlje, Slovenia.  She describes Trbovlje (I hope I am pronouncing that correctly) as a “coal mining town in the heart of my homeland.” She also writes about this postcard:

“This card shows toys of our childhood, which was in collection of Children’s Museum Herman’s Den in Celje.”

Intrigued by the name, I did an online search for this place, and found a photo of a group of the most bored-looking children ever.

Stamps & postmarks:

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Received from China, South Korea, and Slovenia

All Postcrossing…

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That one at the top is my favorite.  It comes from South Korea, only my second card from that country.  This postcard had me at “life is circus,”‘ and things only got better when I flipped it over to read the type on the back:

Circus boy band

sings underground and plays

the various colors

Wow.  I couldn’t have said it better if my name were Daiso!  So poetic.  The card’s sender writes more colloquially, telling me she is pleased to find common ground with me:

“I love toys, marine life and food (esp. Asian cuisines & noodles) like you.”

She also tells me she hopes her card makes me feel good.  It does!  A real keeper.

The Slovenija card comes from Slovenia.  Are you able to tell from the scan it is cut like a old-school postage stamp?  Cool!  The sender is a 21-year-old student, but that, sadly, is just about all I could make out from the stylized writing.  I got a second pair of eyes in on the decryption attempt, but it was still a no-go.

The postcard on the right is from an 18-year-old anime & photography fan in China, and according to the print on the back, the card depicts The Tomb of Confucius.  It immediately reminded me of a sight I’ve seen a couple of times way up north of me near Ukiah, California: the gateway to The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.  I actually have made the trek up to Ukiah–twice (so far)–specifically to enter the compound, because it contains just about the best vegetarian-Chinese restaurant I’ve ever visited.  Mmmm….

Stamps!  Notice the one printed onto the postcard from China matches the image on the front of the card.

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Sent to: Japan, Lithuania, Slovenia & U.S.A.

Two of my Postcrossing cards have reached their destinations:

The card I sent to Scotland reached its destination after traveling 6 days and 4,936 miles.

My Germany-bound card landed after 6 days and 5,709 miles

So now, I get to mail out two more cards! Going out to Tokyo, Japan & Vilnius, Lithuania:

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Let’s make that another two rounds of “The Usual!”

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In swap-bot news, the latest trade is for aerial views of a city or town.  Going out to far-away Kamnik, Slovenia & nearby Daly City, California, it’s one copy each of this card:

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I love that this town has no-chain-nothin’, not even a Starbucks. I also love that modern conveniences are just a 5-minute drive away!

Sent to: Kamnik, Slovenia; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Anaheim, California

3 outgoing through swap-bot!

To Slovenia:

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The Secret’s out — to Slovenia!

To Tennessee:

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A “close your eyes & grab one” swap. The recipient could certainly have ended up with worse! Translation: I hope to get more “close your eyes & grab one” swaps.

To California:

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This again! 3rd out of a limited edition of 500. Unless those creeps at the print shop ran off a few hundred thousand more & are selling them to shops around the globe.

I was able to step up my game stamp-wise: for the in-country cards, I found some aloha shirt stamps with the old, 32-cent rate, and some penny stamps to get to the required 34-cent total.  A little stamp collection on a card!

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Actually, there are new things going on for me on the international stamp front, too: since the post office I go to most often never keeps a very large stock of international stamps, I finally ordered some online–and got winter solstice wreaths!

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