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SENT CARD #14: The bookish postcrosser (a book recommendation)

(#14) DE-1079605 to Kylie (USA)
(The photo on the card shows the summer flora in our backyard that normal people call weedy and that I call pretty; and picture-worthy if nothing else ^^ )

Amidst all postcrossers there are quite a few booklovers, like me and like Kylie from San Francisco, the recipient of my fourteenth postcrossing card. Besides telling her what I did during the day (spending a great time at the barn with the horses), what made me smile that day (the fact that my seventh postcrossing card had arrived 🙂 ) and what I dream to do one day (writing a book), I also included a book recommendation.

My recommendation for her:

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

The story in a sentence:
After losing everything Alan Christoffersen holds dear and everything he’s ever lived for, he sets out to cross the entire country, from [Seattle in Washington] to Key West, Florida, on foot and essentially find his way back into life.

And why I like this book so much:
Of course it’s a very traumatizing situation for a person to lose everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – it’s also incredibly fascinating to see how it also liberates them to do things they otherwise wouldn’t have been able, wouldn’t have dared or even wanted to do: Like crossing the entire country on foot. And most important of all: “The Walk” let’s the reader hope by showing that there is a road – literally! – that can lead you out of the deepest depths and most depressing situations in life, all you have to do is take the first step and walk.

 

Today I received my parcel from amazon containing the second installement in the series: “Miles To Go”. I’m really looking forward to reading it and will let you know if it’s any good 😛 like the first.

If you’ve also read “The Walk” and maybe “Miles To Go” too, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Feel free to leave me a comment below 🙂

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SENT CARD #29: Without A Warning

(#29) DE-1278202 to Karin (THE NETHERLANDS) who studies meteorology in the UK. The postcard traveled 359 miles (577 km) in 10 days.

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Oblivious and careless I keep on chattering, my mind far away from the immediate danger I’m in.

My driver tightens her grip on the steering wheel and forces the car to stay on track. Strong winds threaten to push it of the road. I don’t notice.

It rains and a thick sheet of water runs down the side windows like a rivulet smoothing the pebbles in its bed. The wipers aren’t making a lick of difference with their frantic back and forth across the windshield. I don’t spare it more than the occasional glance and keep rambling on about trivialities. They may be matters of more importance but right now they mean nothing.

My driver’s eyes dart to the thermometer inserted in the dashboard. The temperature dropped rapidly. Within less than a mile it had dropped by almost ten degrees. My questions are misfit; her answers monosyllabic.

Seemingly thick lightning bolts keep striking the earth around us: I’m still marveling at their beauty while the thunder’s already booming in my ears. I turn around to my driver, finally shutting my stupid mouth. Even my blind eyes are noticing the quiver of fear in the air around her. But even now I still only offer to check the radio stations for any news on this – to me absolutely fascinating and to my driver most worrisome – weather situation.

Hail joined the thick drops of rain. A storm’s raging mere inches from my face while I enjoy the calm of oblivion. There are no news on it. But it doesn’t matter anymore as we can already see the end of it all.

Beyond the edge of the storm’s dark clouds, smiles a friendly bright blue sky. It could’ve been a tornado. It could’ve cost us our lives. It could’ve been our end. And still: I don’t care. Always wrapped up in the blanket of ignorance. An ignorance born out of inexperience.

I feel safe.

Too safe?

* * *

(Just to make sure: The depiction of the situation I was in when I took the picture is slightly exaggerated. It was still pretty freaky and rather dangerous though.)

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Remembering Spring

Today I’ve noticed how you can already feel the coming autumn/fall in the air. It’s my favorite season of the year but still: Where the heck have spring and summer gone – really?!

Well, this is a piece of mail art I did in April. It’s called “Green Leaf”. I sent it to Melanie Lucas, the wonderful artist that made this awesome funky scrapbook card I showed you the other day.

And I even wrote a few lines of poetry for the Green Leaf ^^

“If spring were an artist
its favorite color would be
the vibrant and lush green
of a newly sprouted leaf.”

Not too shabby for someone that doesn’t write poems or poetic kind of texts very often, is it?!

Now, since it’s basically autumn/fall I’ll probably create a twin card to this one and call it “Red Leaf” or “Golden Leaf” or something like that ; P. Once I’m finished I’ll share it here with you of course.

I hope you had a great sunday : )

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RECEIVED CARD #22.3: More art from Asia

Just the other day I told you how I don’t know much about Asian styles and forms of art (besides the mainstream-designs). Looking at the beautiful painting on Wang’s postcard I remembered this card from Tammy in Japan. It also shows a nature-themed work of art: Mount Fuji on Fine Day is the title according to text printed on the card’s back; and the artist is Hokusai Katsushika. Unfortunately it doesn’t say if it’s a painting or some kind of print because I can’t really tell. For me it could go either way…

(#22.3) JP-228783 from Tammy (JAPAN); distance traveled: 5520 miles (8883 km); days traveled: 15 days;

Either way, I love to receive postcards with images of traditional art on them. It’s fascinating to see how different the uglies and pretties of life are perceived and preserved in works of art by people around the globe.

By the way, this is the postcard I sent to Tammy in return for the beautiful Mount Fuji:

“Gay Field Flowers” by Ivana Lovkovic-Matunci

She wrote that she’d love to receive a card from me and I hope she liked the floral art from Nuernberg I picked out for her. It’s an oil-painting on glass by artist Ivana Lovkovic-Matunci.

Have a great Wednesday!

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RECEIVED CARD # 21: Rio!

Since the next Olympic Games in 2016 will take place in Rio de Janeiro I thought it would be nice to share a postcard from Brazil with you today. Et voilà I’ve got this little beauty from Daniela in my stack of postcrossing cards 🙂 Even though she lives in a small city near Sao Paulo, Daniela sent me a card with pictures from the carnival Rio is so famous for.

RECEIVED CARD # 21 : BR-185646 from Daniela (BRAZIL)

It’s still a mystery to me how the women can dance wearing those huge head-dresses, extensive costumes and unbelievable high-heels. I’ve never been to Brazil but I surely wouldn’t say no if I should ever get the chance to go there. Just seeing the carnival in Rio must be an incredible experience.

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At the speed of time

The Olympics are already over, I’ve been home from my trip to the US for over two weeks and have learned so many new things at work, it’s crazy how time’s flying! I think I’m really getting old… seriously, I can barely find enough time to reply to all the beautiful pieces of mail art I received over the past couple weeks, not even talking about posting it here for all of you to look at and enjoy.

But (!) – I’m optimistic that I can manage and figure out a way to manage the 24 hours in my day a little better soon. For instance today: I found out that the 45 minutes I spend on a train twice a day on my way to and from work, are just enough to prepare a cute little blog-post for you guys to read later. By the way: Did you know that we spend an average of nine months of our lives just traveling to work?

And that NOW only lasts 3 seconds?

Well, here is some mail art matching todays topic: The left card was sent to Vizma Bruns in Australia and is called “CHASING TIME”, the one on the right was sent to Guido Vermeulen in Belgium and is called “WASTING TIME”.

I hope you like them 🙂 And no matter if you are just trying to kill some TIME by reading this or are already nervously glancing at your clock worrying about not getting to I-don’t-know-where in time, have a great week and live every 3-second-NOW you get to it’s fullest! Carpe Diem! See ya soon!

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SENT CARD # 8 & # 12: The London Olympics and one proud German

Let the games begin… ehmm, sorry, continue…

Unless you live behind the moon or in the pampa without any communication whatsoever you should’ve noticed that the world’s top athletes have gathered for the Olympic Games in London. Since I started my apprenticeship/new job last wednesday I haven’t had too much time to really watch it but I’m following the action on my iPhone. I love the London 2012 Results app. It’s so easy to stay updated on all the sports I’m interested in.

Well, even though you might think I’m a sports fanatic here, I’m really not. On one hand it’s really sad and pathetic because it feels very halfhearted when I cheer for my nation’s athletes during the Olympics but could give – excuse my language – shit about what they are competing in in the four years inbetween the Games. And I want to go as far as to say that the majority of people are the same way.  On the other hand – does it really matter? The Olympics are a huge event and remind people of how important sports are for us all and how it can bring everyone closer together. Isn’t it great that the Olympics can interest people in sports that usually don’t pay much attention to it in their lives?

Okay, so no matter how you think about it all, I’m proud of all the athletes and as a passionate equestrian especially happy about the medals the German riders and their brave horses have won for my home country so far. I wish I could be in London right now to see it all in real life and feel the Olympic spirit. As William Dunbar once said: “London, thou art the flower of cities all!”. I once combined this quote with one of my many photographs of The Clock Tower, now Elizabeth Tower, to create a postcard for postcrossing-member and London fan Ksyusha from the Ukraine:

SENT CARD #12: DE-1074648 to Ksyusha (UKRAINE); Distance traveled: 902 miles (1452 km); Days traveled: 32 days;

Here are a couple more of my London photographs. Besides the fact that all larger cities have their muddy and dark alleys, London is very beautiful and definitely a real “queen” 🙂

But as this postcard to Nastya from Russia proves: My hometown Soltau is a great place to be as well but Home Sweet Home is – generally speaking – always a wonderful place to be 🙂 right?!

SENT CARD #8: DE-1053111 to Nastya (RUSSIA); Distance traveled: 914 miles (1471 km) ;Days traveled: 34 days;

Now, I don’t want to hold you up any longer and let you get back to cheering for your athletes! Have fun following the excitement wether in front of your TV, using the app on your smartphone, reading about it in your newspaper or online, or maybe even live in London… Have fun!

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