Monthly Archives: November 2011

SENT CARD #3 – Tuck in!

Dear Friends,

My third sent postcard went to The Hayashi Cousins. They are five cousins, ages 9, 11, 21, 28 and 31 who live near Los Angeles in California, USA. Uuuhhh, the Hollywood-Town! I wonder if they get to see a lot of celebs?

Anyway, the main reason for the Hayashi Cousins to participate in Postcrossing is to teach the younger ones something about foreign countries, cultures and of course a little geography too. As I’ve said before, I think Postcrossing it is a wonderful way to learn more about the world we live in and the different people we are sharing it with. On their profile they suggest to send a favourite recipe of yours if you don’t know what to write. I really liked the idea of sending a recipe and today I am also going to share it with you.

I send them the recipe for my favourite pea soup, I like to call it the “Yummy Pea Soup” 😉
It travelled 5682 miles (9145 km) in 7 days until it reached its destination on September 11th.

Here is my follow along version of the recipe for you:


A large/deep pan, a medium large pot, a grater, a hand blender, a chopping knife and board, a wooden spoon and a ladle.

500 g frozen peas; 2 large potatoes, 1 large onion, 1 liter vegtable stock, 1 sprig fresh mint, 2 sticks celery, 1 knob butter, 100 ml double cream, olive oil, salt, pepper, (feta cheese).

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RECEIVED CARD #2 – Fight on the beaches

Dear Friends,

„We shall go on to the end….We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and in the oceans, shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air.. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and streets and in the hills…. We shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island, or even part of it, is subjugated and starving, then our Empire across the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the new world, in all its strength and might, sets forth to the rescue and liberation of the old. Britain will fight the menace of tyranny for years, and, if necessary, alone.”

This quote from Winston Churchill’s speech “Fight on the beaches” (1940) was sent to me by Alena Khan from London. She and I enjoy much of the same things which might be the reason she picked such a great card for me. I love its vintage look with all the little details, ornaments and coats of arms.

Alena’s life is – to use her own words – “a clash of cultures” since she on the one hand is Russian but has been living in the UK for the past four years. Her husband on the other hand is of Indian descent. One day she wants to write a book about her culture- and colorful life 🙂

Her card to me travelled 432 miles (696 km) in 2 days until it dropped into my mailbox on October 1st.

Because I liked Alena’s card so much, I decided it would be nice to send her a postcard in return. Since she mentions on her profile that she likes anything with steps, stars, ladders and the like I chose to send her the card you can see on the left here. It also features a quote from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietze:

“Alle Hindernisse und Schwierigkeiten sind Stufen auf denen wir in die Höhe steigen.”
(All obstacles and difficulties are steps on which we are ascending.)

How do you like Alena’s card? Have you ever received a similar card or even the same?

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SENT CARD #2 – A Postcard to Britain

Dear Friends,

My second card went to Southend-on-Sea, an English seaside-town located on the mouth of the River Thames in Essex. Here it dropped into Gwen’s mailbox.

Gwen who’s a 70-year-old enjoying life, proves that Postrossing is not only for the young but for everyone. I certainly knew that before but knowing that it’s possible and having prove of it are two entirely different things – and it’s great to really see it work out!
Overlooking the beach from her home Gwen spends her time reading, walking, keeping fit and of course postcrossing. She doesn’t particularly care about the card’s subject but prefers one’s with cats, historical themes and lovely views of where you live.

I chose to go with the “lovely view” and picked a card showing the Lüneburger Heide (Lueneburg Heath) in the evening sun. The area I live in is famous for this very unique landscape. My hometown is located almost dead-centre in this area which is mostly a nature reserve.

On September 3rd I sent the card on it’s way to travel 399 miles (642 km). It travelled 12 days before reaching it’s destination on September 15th.

So, no matter how old you are, enjoy postcrossing and make the best of it.

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Small Thanksgiving Note

Dear Friends,

Do you already know the Thanksgiving Alphabet? Yes? No? Well, here it is:

T…Turkeys, tablespreads, being together,
H…Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
A…Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
N…Nieces and nephews, family members all!
K…Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S…Surely you’ll have fun, but you won’t get thinner!
G…Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I…Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V…Very special times-there could even be snow.
I…Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N…Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G…Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

I wish everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

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RECEIVED CARD #1 – Une carte postale

Bonjour mes amis,

Today it’s incoming Mail from France. Lison, living in the city of love and lights, the beautiful city of Paris has sent me this great proverb-card.

“We don’t inherit earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.”

This african proverb states a fact we often like to ignore: We are not going to be here forever. There have been people before us whose problems we have to solve now. And there will be people after us. We ought to learn from our predecessors, from our parents. We shouldn’t burden the people succeding us – our children – with the consequences of our wrong decisions.
The world we live in is beautiful and we ought to live in the now to make the best of the time we’re given. But we also have to look forward into our own future and beyond it because it’s our duty to do all we can to preserve its beauty.

Lison sent this little reminder on its way to me on September 15th. It traveled 434 miles (698 km) in 15 days until it reached its destination – my mailbox 🙂 – on September 30th.

Go green. Save the planet.

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SENT CARD #1 – Postikortti

Dear Friends,

81 days ago I became one of about 260 000 Postcrossing members. I immediately requested my first address: My first ever sent card went to Miisa in Jyväskylä, Finland. I took great care in choosing her postikortti (Finnish for postcard) because it was going to be her first ever received card. I think it was a wonderful coincidence: My first ever sent card being her first ever received card!

Miisa likes postcards that tell her something about the sender’s hometown and -country:
So I picked a card showing the Italian-stlye rural residence and false ruins near one of the many ponds in Breidings Garten. Breidings Garten is a huge park-like garden in the south of my hometown which used to belong to a merchant’s and industrialist’s family who began to develope the swamp area into a garden about 150 years ago.
I think this is a very romantic and beautiful place and in this picture there’s almost something mystic about it too.

I sent the postcard on its way to Miisa on September 2nd. It travelled 867 miles (1396 km) in 6 days to drop into her mailbox on Septmeber 8th.

She favorited the card and I hope you like it as well,

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“57 Channels”

Dear Friends,

Today’s post doesn’t only have an image it has a soundtrack to go with it! WOOHOO!
You can listen to it here. I meant to embed it but can’t because WordPress doesn’t allow embeds from – 😦 BOO!

Please go and listen to it ’cause then you are all set for today’s topic; so

–> cklick here to listen <—

and then come back. I even promise to wait for you here 😉 Scout’s honor!

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I can’t see the light

Dear Friends,

Do you remember the times when the number of pictures you could take was limited to 24? The times when you got all excited about picking up the stack of developed photographs at the pharmacy in town? The times when you noticed that you hadn’t put in the film right? The times when all you got from that fabulous summer vacation was 23 blanks and one shot with all pictures layered on top of each other?
That was fun, eh?

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Let’s get the ball rolling!

Dear Friends,

Today is the day: The day of my first official blog-post! I’m overly excited and nervous because on the one hand I know that this has the potential to turn into something great, on the other hand I am mightily afraid of – excuse my language – screwing this up completely. Anyway, let’s get the ball rolling.

In a way I’d like to jump right at it, but I think an introduction is exactly what we need right now:

My name is Sarah and I’m a 21-year-old German country-bumpkin with a head full of ideas and a heart full of dreams who likes to be creative, be outside, travel, and chase all her crazy dreams around. On Postcrossing I’m also known as the Mailmonster.

The blog I’m starting with this very post today was inspired by sending and receiving postcards via Postcrossing and is dedicated to all the great and not-so-great things in life. The connection between the two might not be obvious at first but believe me, it is.

When I started writing my first couple of postcards, I really wanted to make people happy with what I chose to send, I wanted every card to fit the recipient perfectly. And I still strive for it to be that way.

So while very thoroughly studying their wishes concerning the postcards’s image and message’s content, I most often came across the request: “Please write something about your life, your country and culture.” I know that the request itself is not uncommon and what I’d like to know about the people sending me a card too. Trying to meet that wish though made me think a lot – think about myself and my life. It made me look closer at all the small parts that my life is made up of.

Now every time I send a postcard out into the world, it feels like sending away a small piece of me, a little scrap of my life. And in return I receive a little bit of somebody else’s life, to compliment and enrich my own.  I want to carry these cards – these little bits of life, I send and receive – beyond the borders of the Postcrossing-project, because they make me pay a lot more attention to everything I do, see and experience. It all causes me to reflect on my life and I am already beginning to live more consciously. Every day it seems I uncover another gem I haven’t recognized as such before and I feel it’s only fair to share my new-found wealth with you.

In my mind it eventually came down to something like this:
“Why not dedicate a blog to it? Dedicate it to the postcards, to the little and precious things in life, to the crazy thoughts, the friends, the fiends, the tears, the smiles and everything else there is? Why the heck not?! Don’t be a chicken, just go for it!”

Well, I can say, I am not a chicken.

I can only hope I didn’t scare you too much with this “all-over-the-place-post” and you will come back again. More information about me and a much more organized introduction to the blog here.

I’m already lovin’ you all to death,

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