Dank. Pricey, but Dank: Sent to Germany, Hong Kong,Netherlands, Russia, & Taiwan

I’ve sent five more down the mailbox chute!  We start with two views of Hearst Castle.

The majestic exterior is a Postcrossing draw going to Texel, Netherlands, and the dank interior is a Postcard United draw which if all goes well will wind up in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Rapunzel is headed for Hong Kong in a Postcrossing Forum tag.  The recipient likes Disney princesses.  This is a piece of concept art from one of the “Art of Disney” sets.  Have you ever noticed how the concept art (especially now in the digitally-rendered film age) is so often much more beautiful than the final product?

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The Smurfs are off to Novosibirsk, Russia (the third-most populous city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg), in a Postcrossing Forum tag that’s all about looking at your partner’s favorites, and sending them a card you think they will like.  I know she’ll like this card, because it was one of her favorites!

Finally, Fremont went off via Postcard United to Tainan, Taiwan.  The recipient was interested in seeing & learning about local geography, so I told him about the winding canyon road near here that has been so often closed due to mudslides in unseasonably-heavy rains.

And so we have reached that time again: time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape:

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Look at This! Look at That! Received from China, Taiwan, & the U.S.

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Look at all of that cake!  It came to me from Xianyang, China, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum “China Meets the World” tag trade.  The sender gives me greetings from China, and says:

“I’m a 13-year-old student…I love summer. 😛 But I hate the rain.  It let me feels cold & upset.  =I  I had an exam last week but I’m not sure that I can get a nice grade…. If you want to try some Chinese food, hot pot is a good choice.  It’s spicy but delicious.”

Look at the fish!  That piece of art was created by a swap-bot member in Olympia, Washington, who entitled her piece “There’s Always a Bigger Fish in the Sea.”  She describes her work:

“It’s mixed media with pencils, ink, water-color, & jelly roll pens.  I sprayed it with a layer of clear acrylic, so I hope it makes it to you safely.”

Look at those beautiful deer!  They came to me from a Postcrosser in Tainan, Taiwan, and she tells me:

“I’m an eighteen years old student in Taiwan.  Painting and photography are my favorite, and I also watch movie and read novels in my free time.”

Hey, it’s a good stamp day:

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There & Here: Sent to Czech Republic, Germany, Taiwan, & the U.S.

A year ago this week, I was in Thailand, and I wish I were back there right now!  I loved the balmy January weather, the wonderful street food, and the freshest, cheapest, most abundant & perfectly-ripe fruit I think I’ve ever had.  And that’s what I told a couple of swap-bot members in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany and Rohnert Park, California.  The latest trade had us choosing cards representing a place we’d rather be, and writing about it.  Fortunately, I still had a couple of cards I’d stashed from my trip!

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Closer to home, the California cards went to Postcrossers in Tainan, Taiwan, and Úpice, Czech Republic. Now, I was just tripping around these locales one week ago.  San Simeon’s Hearst Castle is famous, but the real treasure in that neighborhood is down at sea level: the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas!  Right now there are appear to be thousands of them, and little crying, nursing baby ones everywhere.  Check out the webcam!  I wish I were back there again, too.

Moving on to the stamp & washi tape portion of our presentation:

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Sent to Belgium, Malaysia, and Taiwan

I drew two more Asian cities two more Asian destinations through Postcrossing–two places I’d like to go eat, as a matter of a fact!

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Popeye is going to Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The recipient is a brand-new Postcrosser, and is parent to one son and two princesses (her words, not mine).

The trio in glasses are headed for Tainan City, Taiwan. The cards recipient, a college freshman studying international business, says she enjoys landscapes & natural things–as do Peabody & company up there on the bluff!

Astro & dogs are on their way to Beerse, Belgium, not part of Postcrossing, though stemming from a card received through that service.  It’s a thanks to the Postcrosser who sent me the super-cool Barbapapa card, and enjoyed my photography so much.  Since she’s a dog-lover, I chose this from my cards to send her way.