TWENTY! Count ’em! Sent to Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Sooooo many postcards to share–of course, they were sent off over the course of several weeks. Take a look & tell me what your favorites are–and stay tuned ’til the very end for the stamps, stickers, & stuff. Here we go…

Dreaming by the sea, this crew is off to Taipei, Taiwan.

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Elephant & Piggie are going to Orange, NSW, Australia.

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President Linus–one can only dream! Off to Itomi, Hyogo, Japan.

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Franklin & Linus go to Gunma, Japan.

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I don’t know where this book-filled postcard came from, but it’s been in my stash for a long time, and now it’s off to Tianjin, China.

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A food package postcard, going to Beijing, China.

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An awful movie! Off to Saitama, Japan.

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It’s a wacky map, and it’s going to a map lover in Tokyo, Japan.

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Donald & friends will land in Shanghai, China.

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I clicked on the “advertising card” tag, and sent this card for KFJC (I had to look it up) to Yokohama, Japan.

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This scene from Redwoods National & State Parks goes to Cronulla NSW, Australia.

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This beautiful sea otter is on its way to Yonago, Tottori, Japan.

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This card from a Thai restaurant will go to Foshan, Guangdong, China.

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Captain Hook will go to a Disney lover in Hokkaido, Japan. This being a USPS postcard, the stamp on the back matches.

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As much as I enjoy using Postcrossing Forum, it’s faster to just click “send a postcard” on the regular Postcrossing site, or its imitator, Postcard United. I happen to prefer the latter, and I have clicked a few times…

Snoopy on ice going to a warm place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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This Kliban Cat is skating toward Perm Krai, Russia.

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The beautiful San Diego Central Library goes to Annandale, NSW, Australia.

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Charlie Brown will cry his way all the way to Dazu, Chongqing, China.

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Uh-oh, a U.S. address came up! This beautiful scene–another from Redwood National & State Parks–will go to Van Dyne, Wisconsin.

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Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape…

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22 Postcards, and Most of them Headed to Japan: Sent to China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, & the USA

Have you ever sent someone the exact same card twice? I have.

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It wasn’t until I’d fully addressed, stamped & decorated this evil queen card, that I’d suddenly realized I’d sent the person the same card–perhaps only a week before. This is part of a Postcrossing Forum Disney card tag, by the way, to a recipient in Shanghai, China. You can see the previous (same) card I sent her, by the way, in my recent post before this one.

The good news in realize what I’d done before I’d written the message was that I could start with an apology. Also, I promised to send her a different Disney card in a couple of days–which I did. Hence the Mickey dots here.

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Another copy of the same card went to a different Postcrosser in Shanghai, in a “you choose” tag. He chose.

Coit Tower went off to České Budějovice, Czech Republic, to a recipient requesting postcards with famous places & cities in the U.S. When I worked in S.F., I used to frequently climb the hundreds of steps to get to this monument. The edifice itself wasn’t the goal–it was the beautiful, lush private gardens all the way up–a real escape from the dingy city.

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Frisco’s Chinatown when to Taoyuan, Taiwan, in a “see my favorites & surprise me” tag. This recipient seems to like a lot of stylized, touristy cards.

The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas went to Renkum, Netherlands. That Postcrosser said she liked cards with “special buildings,” and this gateway out in the middle of nowhere leads to a really great Chinese vegetarian restaurant! So special, it’s worth the very long drive from anywhere. Okay, so there may or may not be a better one or two near me, but the remoteness, and authentic spirit–I mean, there are peacocks and deer on the grounds–make it pretty precious.

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Bigfoot went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to someone originally from England who said he liked anything cute/weird/scary.

It’s REALLY good, sometimes, to be able to say a lot about the image on a postcard. For instance, when a Postcrosser gives you nothing to say to them personally:

“Hallo, I am looking for nice cards, as collecting postcards is one of my favourite hobbies. Preferring cards showing towns, castles, bridges or buildings, I also like cards of train stations or unusual tourist cards …. Thanks a lot and have fun”

I mean, what could I write to relate? “Hallo, I, too, am in this just for the postcards, and not the interactive element of the pastime! I enjoyed learning nothing about you from your non-profile!”

So I did find a “castle” postcard, and wrote about how what’s even better is the thousands of elephant seals down on the beach. I sent the card off to Gundremmingen, Germany.

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I have nothing to say about pineapple-ring guy, which was requested in a tag by a Postcrosser in Köln, Germany, so I think I wrote something about my weekend. I really need to consistently photograph the backs of my outgoing cards.

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Next we’ve got a couple of cards for coloring, sold by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The first card depicts the museum itself; I don’t recognize the bridge in the second card, but it’s the flowers I like. The cards go to postcard pals in Hawaii and Japan.

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Mushu from Mulan goes to Crewkerne, Somerset, England, in a regular Postcrossing draw. The recipient is a young French person teaching her language at a prep school, and she likes Disney, sushi, and turtles. Based on that information, I’m sure you will be able to identify the card’s backside below.

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This California map was requested by a new Postcrosser in Taipei, Taiwan, outside of any assignment or trade. She had seen me post my stash in an “offers” thread, saw one she liked, then taken a look at my favorites & discovered she had a couple of them. This card is on its way, and I am trusting there is one from her heading my way, too!

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The next postcard is cut from a food package, and it’s off to Osaka, Japan! Hodo Soy is based in Hayward, California (in the SF Bay Area), and is sold in local Asian supermarkets. I’ve had the tofu veggie burgers a couple of times, and really enjoyed them.

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It’s a good thing Franklin & Linus are getting along, because they’ve got a long trip ahead: off they go to Kobeshi, Hyogoken, Japan.

Thanks to a USPS catalog I got in the mail, I learned that they are selling books of postcards to go with their Disney Villains stamps! Yes, I snapped some right up. Here goes the first round: Maleficent to Tokyo, Japan; Snow White’s Mommy Dearest to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China; and Cap’n Hook to Tomiya, Miyagi, Japan.

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Okay, that all might’ve been a bit too exciting, so I’ll bring down the room a bit before moving on to part two of the post. These last two cards are regular Postcrossing draws, and are going to Barcelona, Spain; and Climbach, France.

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Okay, time for the backsides! Stamps, stickers, & washi tape. See if you can spot Snoopy looking rather guilty.

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SCUBA Chuck: Sent to Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, & Taiwan

TWENTY outgoing cards in this post! This all happened over the course of a few weeks.

Several more Postcrossing Forum tags heading out. Charlie Brown & Woodstock are heading for Shanghai, China. If you poke around the Santa Rosa area, you will find many Peanuts statues, decorated by local artists in many different styles. My favorite of the few I’ve spotted stands outside a seafood restaurant in a coastal area: it’s Charlie Brown in SCUBA gear.
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The food package is going to Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. I don’t remember much about the cookies, but it says “crisp and buttery,” so therefore I know I loved them.

From Guangzhou, Guangdong, we go to Guiyang, GuiZhou, China— that’s where this big “Let’s Go with Lucy” card is headed. A card as large as this leaves a large canvas for stickers & washi tape, as well as plenty of room for a message. I’ve obscured the message, but you can see the stamps, stickers, & washi tape below.

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Lucy pounding sand went off to Hirai, Wakayama, Japan; and Linus the door-to-door salesman to Tsushima, Aichi, Japan.

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I chose Charlie Brown for a recipient in Tokyo, Japan. The evil queen went to Shanghai, China, and the beautiful sea otter was destined for Eutin, Germany.

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“California is So Cool.” When I made a Disneyland trip not so long back, I tried to find postcards in the park, but failed. This I bought at a convenience store across the street, and now it goes out to Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan in a Disney cards tag.

Postcard 421“California Has Everything.” Now we are clearly bragging. This one is heading for Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan, in a “what I’m reading now” tag. I’m reading The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.

Completing the California trilogy is the California Coast Highway 1 postcard, careening off to Hong Kong.

Another California card? Yes, this view of Point Lobos goes via a rare Postcrossing draw, to a recipient in Gnesta, Sweden, who expressed a preference for cards showing places–and Point Lobos is a great place!

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A second Postcrossing draw; this one goes to Dirgenheim, Germany. Sad to say, this lovely series of national park postcards neglects to mention the state where each park is located. This despite a long passage of text on the back so expansive that it leaves room for only a single stamp! The designer really does not understand the postally-obsessed. Not to mention that the postmark will more that likely obscure all of that printed prose.

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Another one of the national park cards: okay, this one does mention on the back that Acadia National Park is on the Maine coast. This one is a regular Postcrossing draw, and goes to Lahti, Finland. The recipient requested that people not use stickers or washi tape on her cards, so I won’t bother to flip this one over for you.

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Scuttle and his dinglehopper are going to Kuwana, Mie, Japan, in a Disney cards tag. Ursula is on the back of the card (proof below).

Now several more regular Postcrossing draws: not something I do so often any more, but I am just in the mood to send out more cards (and by extension, receive more). The California Natural Wonders card was actually in the “favorites” of the person to receive it; she lives in Zoetermer, Netherlands.

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The lemurs are going to a paleontologist in Omsk, Russia. She wanted illustrations of animals, so here she goes!

The map card goes to a map card lover in Taipei, Taiwan; and the bridge card goes to Dendermonde, Belgium, to a lover of touristy cards.

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Lucy and Schroeder are going to a Peanuts lover in Espanola, Ontario, Canada. Unlike the recipient in Finland, this person loves a decorated card, so I did my best on the backside.

Time for stamps, stickers, & stuff. I love these brand-new Bioluminescent Life stamps from the USPS!

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Postal Mishaps & Mystery Liquids: Received from Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Foghorn Leghorn here is at Magic Mountain in Southern California, but the sender is from Queen Creek, Arizona. She sent the card to me in a swap-bot “cartoon animal postcard” trade, and she writes:

I have never been to Magic Mountain, but this ride looks like a lot of fun!

I have never been there, either. I’ve driven past many times, but when you are in that neighborhood, well, for me the correct amusement park destination is always Disneyland.

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More toons: the caption on the back of this card tells me it is Mr. Muddle:

Poor Mr. Muddle just couldn’t get anything right. Everything he did, everything he tried, everything he said was muddled.

I know the feeling, I do. This is another swap-bot trade–“children’s book illustration postcard,” this time–and it’s from a swapper in Glencoe, Oklahoma. He writes:

My mom is a retired kindergarten teacher. I grew up on Mr. Men & Little Miss books. I enjoyed your movie review blog. I’m glad someone else enjoyed Ra.One!

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Someone from Slavkov, Czech Republic was assigned to me by Postcrossing, and she sent me the Pooh card. Unfortunately, some postal mishap claimed a large section of the message portion–peeled it right off. It’s a shame, because from what I could tell, she was actually writing a very substantive, friendly message. The mostly-blank cards always make it intact.

Another regular Postcrossing draw, this one from a sender in Taipei City, Taiwan who says he likes traveling and photography. Isn’t the idea of a “wind-power park” interesting? I was intrigued–and I really like that piece of crab art–so I looked it up. It’s right by the sea, it’s got recreation & performance spaces, and those 7 windmills generate enough electricity to power the park for four hours after dark. Better still, there are more sea creature mosaic statues! Isn’t it cool to learn new things through Postcrossing?

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That dolphin image is…interesting. I certainly prefer it to a photo of a dolphin in a swimming pool. I received it from Hong Kong, via a Postcrossing Forum trade of sea creatures cards. As we transition into the stamps, stickers, & washi tape portion of this post, let me express my appreciation for the BACK of the last card, which has a lot going on. I was about to express how much I am enjoying that Green Spot soda sticker, but when I initially looked it up, it turned out Green Spot is a booze. That didn’t seem right, so I tried again, & found the soda. So much learning!

I also really like the avocado stamp from Taiwan. Do you have any favorites this time?

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The Jerk Who Ruined Postcrossing: Sent to China, Germany, India, & Taiwan

A Postcrossing batch, with some drama.

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The tiger is going to a tiger lover in Taipei, Taiwan.  She loves to travel (hey, me, too!), and says she has been to 28 countries so far (whoa!  I seem to have some catching up to do!).

Speaking of travel, the next card depicts the Hapuna Beach Prince, a resort on the Big Island of Hawaii’s Kohala coast.  I’ve not stayed here, though I have stayed at its older sister nearby.  This one is headed for Kunshan, Jiangsu  China, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade, to a recipient who expressed an interest in receiving hotel postcards.

The California state map (uh, not to scale) is also going off to to China in a Postcrossing Forum trade: it goes to someone in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China who expressed an interest in map cards.  I notice I have several different California map cards, some more fun, others more informational.

Next comes one of California’s more beautiful sights, the Big Sur coastline.  That’s a regular Postcrossing draw, and it’s off to someone in Aachen, Germany who says he likes beautiful landscapes, including coasts.

Finally comes the black & white card at bottom, which went to Margao, Goa, India.  And herein lays a tale.  A dark moment in Postcrossing, one might say.

“Hi!  I love getting postcards as the whole world steps in my postbox! It’s such a beautiful experience. 🙂 “

Oh, what a nice start!  I agree with the sentiment.

Unfortunately, he keeps talking.

“On the card, write the name of your city and date of posting please. Also write about the card, as in what it depicts. I prefer information about the card, rather than your personal details.  To be frank, I don’t like the sender’s personal details on the card. Please do write the date and name of city/ town where posted.”

Okay, buddy, thank you for taking every bit of joy out of this Postcrossing experience.  Thank you for taking the personal connection out of the equation.  Thank you for transforming this from a fun pastime into a grim assignment.

I should have just picked whatever card I liked, and written a chatty little missive about myself, but I picked this black & white New York Stock Exchange photo, based on Jerky’s stated preferences of cards depicting “anything related to history, law or politics,” and then I looked up sources of information on the architect, George B. Price, and I shared that, with no frivolity such as a salutation or a signature.

If every Postcrosser were like this fella, I’d quit.

Dinner & a Movie–but Mostly Dinner: Received from Hong Kong, South Korea, & Taiwan

This round of cards, all from Asia, has got me wanting to move there, if only to enjoy the thriving food culture.

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The beautiful boat illustration came to me from a new Postcrosser near Nantou City, Taiwan.  She writes:

“…just like you, I also love to eat LOL.  My favorite Taiwanese foods are boba tea, stinky tofu, fish soup, and tofu pudding (douhua).  All of the above are so yummy, especially douhua.  Have you ever tried that?  It’s served with ice in hot summer days, and warm comfy ginger syrup in cold winter days.”

Yes, I’ve had those foods!

More food: the Hong Kong Market Feature card was sent by a Postcrosser in Hong Kong.  He tells me:

“Hong Kong is a small city in China full of people.  We like to buy food e.g. meat, chicken, and vegetable from markets as shown and cook the food at home.  Since the food is much fresher, e.g. live chicken & fish, the Chinese dish of food is more tasty.  Let’s come to try our Chinese seafood and it’s wonderful.”

The puppet card may be printed in French, but it was sent to me from Seongnam, South Korea!  This was for a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” tag, and the sender (a self-described bibliophile & cinephile) tells me she had recently seen The Dictator:

“It is such an awful but exciting film.  It’s funny in such a sad way.  I am sure it is because such ludicrous happenings are reality for so many on earth.”

Finally, clown fish in anemone.  That’s another incoming from Postcrossing code TW: this time, Taipei, Taiwan. I’m a big fan of a nice, long message on the back of a postcard, and this Postcrosser writes A LOT.  Seriously, I did not even see my address on the card on first glance!  She squeezed all of the address information into that tiny margin at the bottom that the U.S Postal Service asks be left blank for their machine routing information!  Here’s a portion of what she had to say:

“When you come the next time to Taiwan, you must visit every famous night market.  There are so many delicious food even Taiwanese can’t help but having every day.  We love to go to night market, drinking bubble tea everyday, having stinky tofu for dessert.  Oyster omelette, star fruit ice, rice vermicelli, diversified dessert.  Taiwan is a good choice for you to travel abroad.  Don’t miss any chance.  🙂  I love beaches, too!  My hometown is in Penghu County (Pescadores Islands) more close to the sea (walk 5 minutes only).  So what is famous in your country?  Many delicious food?  Or something special?  All I know about California is beach.  It’s my wonder place for vacation. ❤ ❤ ❤ “

I told her we don’t have a market food culture here, only food truck rallies, which feature overpriced & usually disappointing fare.  Oh, yeah: I also told her San Diego & Monterey are nice.

Beautiful stamps!

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“Real Stamps:” Received from Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

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So many nice postcards this time–but first, let me get to something I forgot about in an earlier post.

It was in the profile of a German Postcrosser I was assigned.  She asked for “real stamps,” by which I thought she meant, you know, real stamps.  Not metered mail, and perhaps not those internet-printed things where you are able to choose whatever image you want.  Real stamps.  But that’s not quite what she meant:

“real stamps, no self-adhesive stamps. It`s difficult to move them from the paper and mostly they are ruined.”

Oh.  Welllll…I can’t even remember the last time I have licked a stamp.  Fellow U.S.-dwellers, can you tell me if licky-stamps are even still produced in our country? I felt like I should explain that to her., but then I realized I didn’t need to do that at all.  If her proportion of Postcrossing cards received from the U.S is anything like the proportion of mine from Germany–well, she already knows all about our stamps, just from sheer overexposure.

Okay, let’s get to the current round of cards.  Linus & Sally came to me from Poughkeepsie, New York, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag thread. Yes, she repurposed a dental office’s reminder card.  When I was tagged by someone from the U.S., I did wonder what the heck she would send, as Peanuts cards are just not available here! Greeting cards are everywhere, sure, but postcards?  The sender of this dental card writes:

“You’ll be hard pressed to find this being sold in a store!  I love Snoopy postcards but it’s hard to find them!”

That’s what I was just saying!  I get mine from the Charles M. Schulz Museum–2 hours away on a good commute, and not a lot else in the area, so that’s quite a postcard commitment to make the journey.

The next card comes from Taipei, Taiwan, and it makes me wish I were there.  The sender, who tagged me in a “Taiwan meets the world” Postcrossing Forum tag, wrote a bit about what is known as tapioca (or bubble, or pearl) tea:

“I love Taiwan’s drinks; we have lots of kinds of tea with many different fillings.  You can order whatever you want.  They all taste good, but too much will get you fat!”

That lovely tree view is from a postcard pal in Bekasi Utara, Indonesia.  She says that is palm fruit, and she took the photo in front of her mother’s house.

Finally, ther’s the image from Howl’s Moving Castle.  It came to me from Suzuka, Japan, thanks to a forum Studio Ghibli tag trade.  Scroll down & look at the awesome washi tape from the movie–and also the Snoopy stamp!  The sender tells me she was planning on going to a Sailor Moon exhibition & buying lots of postcards.

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Well, I have nothing nice to say about that: Received from Belarus, China, & Taiwan

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That’s Tianzhu Peak on the left, and as the caption on the back of the big card describes it, it is “one of the main peaks of Wudang Mount; elevation: 1612 meters.”  The card came to me from Shanghai, China, thanks to a Postcrosing Forum “China to Any Country” tag trade.  The sender asks me, “do you like Chinese food?  I love spicy food most.” Scroll down & have a look at all the beautiful stamps that are on the back of this card!

The other two cards this time are regular Postcrossing incomings; the one with the face came to me from Minsk, Belarus.  The sender tells me:

“I like to read, too.  I prefer paper books.  One day my friend recommended me to read some book I could not find it in the store. So I printed it and made binding.  I liked to do it very much.  Now, I do not buy books.  I’m making it myself.  🙂  Usually I read the book faster than make it.  :)”

Well, I have nothing nice to say about that.

Beautiful stamps, though, go down again & have a look!

The final card comes from Taipei, Taiwan, from a sender who writes in two languages:

“…summer is coming soon.  Here we’ll eat watermelon, ice cream, cold noodles…etc.”

Sounds lovely, I want to go join her!

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The Hand I’ve Been Dealt: Received from Canada, Japan, & Taiwan

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The first postcard is not a postcard, and I received it in a swap-bot “not a postcard” trade.  This huge playing card–considerably bigger than a standard-sized postcard–came from a sender in Beachburg, Ontario, Canada.  I guess she got about 52 postcards out of that deck!  Mine was the three of hearts, as you may be able to see in the scan below.

Ohhhhh, here’s a real keeper!  ASTRO BOY!  It’s from a Postcrosser in Hokkaido, Japan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum anime/manga trade.  She says:

“What is your favorite Osamu Tezuka’s work?  I like ‘Black Jack’ best.  I sometimes read this manga even now.”

I don’t think I’ve seen “Black Jack” outside of a museum.  I understand it to be one of Tezuka’s darker works, not the kind of sweetness & light that I prefer–but I should seek it out.

French-Canadian Cheerios–from French Canadia! Okay: Newfoundland, Canada.  It’s a swap-bot chunk of cardboard, and this cereal box panel is about the same size as the huge playing card.  This sender has a lot to say:

“I have just finished reading your profile!  I see we have a favorite thing in common–beaches & exploring the coastline & tide pools!!   I love finding ocean treasures. 🙂  It’s one of the few things I collect—the other being books! (I have an e-reader & it can hold 30,000, I only have 500 so far!) And pens–pens are actually a fetish for me!! I love colored, glitter, smelly pens & sharpies!!”

As to pens, I think they can be great for coloring & for art, but for writing, I seek out a specific pen I’ve been buying by the box.  I’m buying for legibility & smear-proof-osity-aciousness, and make my ink black!  Here in the postcarding world, I’ve discovered that the fun pens can make for cards that are not at all easy (for me) to read.  I had a recent incident where a Postcrosser had written the postcard ID in a shiny, light green ink (as I recall), and I had suuuuch a difficult time making out the number.  I might have had to ask for help.  I’ve had to do that upon occasion, and I’ve also had to take cards right up to a lamp.  Now, just to make things clear (ahem), this card’s sender did right very clearly with black ink, and I had no trouble reading anything on her card.

Let’s end at the top right, with that delicious food postcard from Taipei, Taiwan.  It’s a regular Postcrossing card.  Mango shaved ice, steamed buns (xlb)… I love it so much, it escaped my mind I’d already logged it here!

Stamps, stickers, postmarks…

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Just No Accounting: Received from Japan, Russia, & Taiwan

Three in a day–that’s a lot for me!

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First comes the wonderful little chef, from Ibaraki, Japan, courtesy of a Postcrossing Forum food package postcard tag.  The sender tells me she has made the card from a “choco anpan” box:

“This is a Japanese small bread-shaped snack.  It’s delicious and it’s so cute. :P”

Take a look down below for the wonderful food stickers (and the super-cool stamps) on the reverse side of her card.

More deliciousness on the next card, which came to me from a Postcrosser in Taipei, Taiwan.  I have tried all of the foods listed, with the exception of the fried sub-sandwich.  As for the steamed buns, AKA xiaolongbao / XLB / 小籠包, well, I’ve had those twice in the last 3 weeks or so!

Finally, from a Postcrosser in Petrozavodsk, Russia, comes the card depicting a sidewalk.  Now, I was looking at that card, wondering if that scene is the best this locale has to offer–and then I recalled the postcards I see that depict my own city.  Let’s just say that there is no accounting for postcard designers.  I will let the postcard’s sender have the final word on her locale:

“This is a very beautiful, quiet and cozy town.  It is the capital of the Republic of Karelia (on the north of Russia).”

A wonderful assemblage of stamps, stickers, & such:

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