Dropping the Recycling in the Mail Box: Sent to Brazil, Germany, & the UK

The beginning of another month means it’s time for another swap-bot Chunk of Cardboard trade, my favorite thing on that site!  I had my recycled “chunks” all cut & ready to stamp, write up, & mail off.

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This month’s batch is going to:

Immingham, England

Porto Seguro, Brazil

Regensburg, Germany

Stamps, stamps, stickers & washi tape:

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Personally Impersonal–but Mostly Impersonal: Received from Brazil, Germany, & the United States

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I’ve got an issue, & you know I’ll get to it, but let’s start with the two top postcards:

Do you see that funky card?  It’s postmarked from San Francisco, California, and is mine thanks to a swap-bot trade of “ad/free” postcards.  This one had been printed on both sides, so the sender affixed labels for her message & my address.  She writes, “…I’ve never actually tuned in to this program–I’ll have to give it a try!”  I haven’t heard it either, though I have tuned in to the station.

The cloudy view is from Hamburg, Germany, via Postcrossing.  The sender writes, “…in front you see Blaukeuese, a western area of Hamburg.  It is a former fishing village which in 1301 documented the first time was mentioned.”

Okay, here we go.  The card on the bottom, from São Paulo, Brazil.  It’s apparently from a Postcrosser with whom I’ve had postcard interaction in one direction or the other.  Let’s flip it over:

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SOOOO much empty space, waiting to be filled.  What is that pasted over on the left side?

Hmm… let’s take a closer look at the text:

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“Hi,” yourself!

How nice it is to stay connected?  Sincere?  A bond?!?  I have had pizza advertisement fall from out of my newspaper that seemed more heartfelt & personal than this!  I’m afraid that if you do not actually write a single thing on your postcard, you have not made any connection at all.  All of that empty space makes me weep, figuratively speaking (this reminds me of a certain swap-botter from whom I received another cold postcard this week, but I’ll address that in a later post, if my heart can handle it).

It is a crazy world.

Stampy bits:

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Donuts are Bad Breakfast Food: Sent to Brazil, Netherlands, & South Africa

Time to send out the recycling again!  It’s another swap-bot “Chunk-O-Cardboard” trade.

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This time, all of my postcards were fashioned from a single cereal box, Cap’n Crunch Donut Crunch.  When I saw it at the store, I decided I had to try it.  I don’t know why; maybe I was subconsciously thinking about what cool postcards the box would make.  As for the stuff inside?  TOOOOO SWEEET!  Nobody who tried it could work with it; I ended up dumping it out–probably the best-possible solution.

These lovely cards are already off in the mail, heading to swappers in:

Porto Seguro, Brazil

Heerlen, Netherlands

Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa

A sampling of the stamps I used:

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Received from Brazil, Canada, & Finland

A big day for Postcrossing activity; these three were waiting for me in my mailbox:

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The “Paulista” card came to me from São Paulo, Brazil, and traveled 6,454 miles in 40 days to find me.  The sender wrote me a message in both Portuguese & English.  The English message, in part, tells me the city is:

… a giant city with 25MM inhabitants, dreams, and wishes.  Those who are born here is called “Paulista…”

The Newfoundland card loaded with puffins was sent to me from Ontario, Canada, and traveled 2,159 miles over 8 days to reach me.  The sender tells me puffins are her favorite waterfowl.  I’ll bet she gets as annoyed as I do to here someone call them penguins!

The cookie & candle card comes my way–after 14 days and 5,403 miles–from Finland.  The sender tells me she likes Christmas: “it’s nice to bake then.  Have a delicious season!”  I think I did, but it’s January 3 now, so the season is now so far past, who can remember?

STAMPS!  I really like the Canadian Santa.
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