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RECEIVED CARD #14: “Don’t cry for me Argentina…”

This postcard came to me all the way from Buenos Aires in Argentina. It crossed the distance of 7281 miles (11717 km) in 19 days. Thank you lautaro for sending me my first postcrossing card from Argentina and also for giving me a little brush up on my Spanish skills. ¡Muchas gracias! 

Have a wonderful new week!

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SENT CARD #18

A postcard featuring some art from the Lüneburger Heide. I sent it to Karin from the Netherlands and within 4 days it crossed the distance of  222 miles (358 km) that lie between the postoffice in my hometown and her mailbox.

P.S.
My internet it down for a few hours each day because of a construction site just half a mile up the road from where I am. I’ll try to get my blogging done within the few hours of internet connectivity I have. You might not notice it at all but I thought it would be nice to let you know anyway : )

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RECEIVED CARD #11: Adcards on postcrossing

When I sent out cards to fellow postcrossers I try to refrain from sending any free- or adcards becuase they’re usually not what people like to receive. It’s not that there aren’t pretty ones – there definitely are quite a few very beautiful adcards out there – it’s that they usually do not represent the sender or the sender’s homecountry very well, since they’ve been designed to raise awareness to a certain cause or product as opposed to tourist- or greeting-cards.

However…

…this adcard I received from Ira, living in Minsk, the capital of Belarus I was pleasantly surprised. I like it. For me it doesn’t exactly represent Belarus (except for the Cyrillic script maybe) but it surely captures the essence of postcrossing: Hold out your hand and invite the world to get in touch with you!

Ira, thank you so much for sending this card to me. I’m still not crazy about adcards on postcrossing but I definitely like that one ; )

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RECEIVED CARD #10.1 & #10.2: Dutch horses and a Russian dragon

Another postcrossing-card double-feature just for you : )

This little cutie was sent to me by Renate from the Netherlands. It travelled 160 miles (257 km) in three days before I got to find it in my mailbox:

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And this beautiful Russian dragon was sent to me by Olga and came all the way from Sibera, travelling 2863 miles (4608 km) in 27 days:


Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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RECEIVED CARD #9.1 & #9.2

It’s Sunday, so I’ll show you not one, but TWO of my postcrossing cards : )

This is one of my favorites! It’s from Monika in Poland and it had to travel 365 miles (588 km) before I got to find it in my mailbox. On its front you can see a Polish folk-art papercut. I love it – it’s so colorful!

Monika also send me a great proverb:

“Co cie nie zabije, to cie wzmocni.”

“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

“Was dich nicht umbringt macht dich stärker.”

It’s a quote from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in a slightly varied form. The original quote reads:

“Co mnie nie zabije, to mnie wzmocni.”

“What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.”

“Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker.”

And here is the second card I promised you at the beginning of this post. I received it on the same day as the one from Monika. This card is from Egon in Slovenia. It was my first and has been the only one from Slovenia for me so far. As you can see it’s one of those beautiful village-and-landscape-cards.

How do you like the postcards? Have I already told you how much I love receiving postcards!?!

Well, that’s all for today ; )

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RECEIVED CARD #8: If Cinderella were Dutch…

Dear friends,

I know I’m way late with my Sunday-post but I had a good reason for taking my time with it…

This is my good reason reason for being late: The postcard featured in today’s post first had me simply think of clogs, then of a Dutch Cinderella losing a clog and then getting it back from her Dutch Prince Charming… do I need to say more?! – haha - you can see the result for yourself…

… Let me ask you this: Have you ever been to the Netherlands? Or seen their traditional clothing; especially their traditional footwear, the clogs?

No? Yes? Maybe? Can’t remember? …

Well, I have not been to the Netherlands so far…

– Yes, shame on me! I’ll add it to my travelling-wish-list right this minute — hold on a sec…  okay, done! –

BUT I’ve received this amazing card from Jeanne:

It shows the traditional clothing of the Dutch, well to be exact of the people from Volendam, a small town in North Holland. Especially the high pointed bonnet women wear with this traditional costume is recognized as Dutch pretty much anywhere in the world. Many, many postcards feature the bonnet and clogs. Of course they are very popular with tourists visiting the Netherlands but also postcrossers who have never been to the land of the Oranje will do the happy-dance upon finding one of those pretties in their mailbox : ).

Thank you, thank you, thank you Jeanne for this great snippet of Dutch tradition and inspiring me to create some semi-funny art today : )

Oh, I almost forgot to show you the stamps!

Now, thank YOU for stopping by today too!

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Gothic + Renaissance + Baroque = Mir Castle

Postcards featuring UNESCO World Heritage sites are very popular among postcrossers. I like them too but do not specifically ask for them in my profile’s text.

However, it was great to find this card from Tanya in my mailbox:

She sent me one featuring an UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site near her hometown Grodno in Belarus: The Mir Castle complex Mirsky zamok (on the right) and the chapel-tomb of Sviatapolk-Mirskies (on the left).

CLICK HERE to see a short video of Mir castle on belarus.by .

The most interesting fact about the castle is that it combines three different artistic and architectural styles. The construction of the castle in the 16th century had been begun in the Gothic style, and with chaning owners been continued and finished in Renaissance and Baroque style. If I should ever get the chance to travel to Belarus I would certainly have to visit Mir castle too. Some people might say castles are boring but I think they are the most intriguing places.

Oh, how I sometimes whish we only knew how to travel time already!

As you can see, Tanya did not only choose a great postcard but also lovely stamps! It was certainly a very happy day for my mailbox!

Hugs

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RECEIVED CARD #5: Nippon

日本, Nippon, the land of the rising sun or simply Japan is the origin of this pretty postcrossing card I received from Akane. It’s one of my favorites from all the cards that have dropped into my mailbox so far.

Akane used the most beautiful stamps too; and as always, I’m so jealous, I wish we had stamps like that here in Germany!

Akane enjoys beautiful illustrations but she likes creating her own illustraions even better. Most of all she loves to draw and paint dogs: Akane adores minitaure poodles but her parakeet “Green Tea” is featured in many of her illustrations too.

I visited her website アトリエあかね色 (Akane Color Studio) at akane-iro.net and she is a truly talented artist!  Just look at these…

Aren’t they just cute!!! Here are the links to the galleries on her website that go with the images above. Her site is in Japanese – of course – but any website-translator can help you navigate her page : )

My favourites are her toy poodle illustrations. They are soooo adorable!

Akane’s dream is that someday her illustrations will adorn postcards all over Japan – and beyond its borders as well, if you ask me ; ). I really hope that that will be the case one day.

Cheery good-byes,

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RECEIVED CARD # 6.2 – Taking A Detour

Dear Friends, 

the card I’m sharing with you today took the scenic route before eventually dropping in my mailbox. It was sent to me by Heleen from the Netherlands. Usually postcards from there don’t take longer than two or three days to arrive. But this one took a little detour…

…. no, I’m not kidding. It went all the way to Indonesia; Jakarta in Indonesia to be exact. What should only have been 227 miles (365 km) turned into 13941 miles (22436 km)!

Heleen sent the card on its way to me on September 9th (’11) and it finally arrived on October 8th (’11). And I’m glad it was only missent and didn’t get entirely lost in transit because I think it’s just beautiful. It is showing a work of art Heleen did herself in 2010 using watercolor and pencil. She calles it “luchten” which means “sky”. I mostly enjoy it’s simplicity and colors.
She even has her own website where you can buy postcards featuring her photographs and art: heelbeeldig.nl .
So if you like the card she sent me you can just head over there and buy it 🙂

Cheers,

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RECEIVED CARD #4 – Escaping a wolf,…

Dear Friends,

I knew I would come across the topic languages again, as Postcrossing attracts many people not onyl interested in different cultures but different languages as well, but I hadn’t though it to be so soon. The fourth postcard I received was written in German! It was send to me by Helka-Maija, a teacher in a small Finnish town called Varkaus. Besides Finnish, English and German she also speaks Swedish and Russian.

All this writing about foreign languages and language learning had me thinking. What are the top 3 languages I want to learn before I die? It came down to…

… (1) Italian,
… (2) Romanian,
…and (3) Japanese.

The explanation for my choices is pretty simple because Italy, Romania and Japanese are countries I’d like to visit one day (I’ll tell you more about my travelling plans some other time…) and when I travel to a certain country rather than soley relying on English, I prefer to converse with people in their native tongue. I think it somewhat removes the glaring tourist-tag, is more polite and the natives are more inclined to show you the tracks off the beaten path. You get so much more out of your stay if you at least try to use the country’s native language! As I’ve said before: Language reveals a great deal about the people who speak it and the country they live in.
I’ve also done some research concerning language-learning-methods and stumbled upon this great post by Timm Ferriss: How To Learn (But Not Master) Any Language In 1 HourHis way of approaching and evaluating the new language you decided to learn is mind-bogglingly easy and logical. Just check it out yourself.
And then I came across a website offering the most common phrases for postcrossers translated into many different languages: Dictionaries for Postcrossers.

Back to Hilka’s postcard. If it weren’t already amazing enough that she send me a card written in German, she also added this great Finnish quote…

Finnish:
Kun menee sutta pakoon, tulee karhu vastan.
German:
Wenn man vor dem Wolf flieht kommt einem der Bär entgegen.
English:
When escaping a wolf, one will run into a bear.

…and picked a card with a beautiful art printing, showing an olipaniting by the Finnish artist Pekka Halonen. Hilka-Maija wrote that he is most famous for his winter landscapes but she likes the colorful paintings better. I think they are all wonderful. Just look at those two: “Ensilumi” (First Snow) from 1931 and “Talvinen Iltarusko” (Winter Sunset) from 1899.

Hilka-Maija’s postcard travelled 925 miles (1489 km) in 6 days until it reached its destination: My mailbox 🙂

So, what languages do you want to learn?

Bye! Tschüß! Näkemiin! Ciao! La revedere! さようなら!

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Blueberries + Zucchini = Very tasty bread!

Dear Friends,

Today – as promised – I’m sharing the recipe that has been sent to me by the Hayashi Cousins’s in response to my third sent-postcrossing-postcard: A recipe for “Blueberry Zucchini Bread”.

This past Sunday I finally had the time to try it and was really surprised how good it tastes! – Yes, blueberries and zucchinis definately go together! Of course I documented my whole cooking-/baking-adventure for you and here you are…

The Hayashi Cousin’s
BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD

Equipment: A large bowl, a wooden spoon, a fork, a chopping board and knife, a cooling rack, a scale, a measuring cup, a blender and a bread-loaf pan (or two medium sized loaf pans or four mini-loaf pans)

Ingredients: 3 eggs (lightly beaten), 240ml vegetable oil, 15ml vanilla extract, 350g (450g) sugar, 360g all-purpose flour, 350g zucchini (shredded), 10g salt, 5g baking powder, 1g baking soda, 2,5g cinnamon, 1 pint fresh blueberries

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RECEIVED CARD #3.2 – No pumpkin please!

Dear Friends,

Are you in love right know? Do you want to marry one day?

Martyn, my littel fictious Ukranian from a small 19th century village in the Portava region, would answer both questions with “Yes”.
Today he’s gathered all his courage to propose to his love Lubya and it’s time for her to give him the answer:

All eyes were on Lyuba. She stood at the large wooden table looking at the two items in front of her: A pumpkin and a beautifully embroidered linen towel.  Turning her head to look at him she pursed her lips and picked up the pumpkin. Feeling it’s weight, considering it – considering Martyn.

Lyuba was making a game out of this, enjoying his state of unease and relishing the power she was holding over him in this moment. Martyn hadn’t even taken the precaution to come at night. Everyone in town would know. Please God, not the pumpkin, he silently pleaded.

In his head he was already mapping out the least crowded route to his home, when she put the pumpkin back on the table. The tension in him eased a bit but her fingers still caressing it, she smiled at Martyn. Just a little mischievous smile that made his heart skip a beat again. She couldn’t do this to him. She simply wouldn’t. Or would she?

Then Lyuba came up to him. 

Hands behind her back, holding on to the towel she had embroidered as a girl for this very occasion, she now stood right in front of him. Not giving it a second thought, she slung the towl around his neck and pulled him down by the ends of it. Forgetting all about tradition, she planted a kiss right onto the surprised man’s lips. He was hers now, her husband-to-be! 

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RECEIVED CARD #3.1 – It’s all about happiness

Dear Friends,

This card was sent to me by Joanna from Warsaw, Poland’s capital city. The image is so cute! Everytime I look at it I feel good and that is exactly what Joanna had intended to achieve with the card: “This card is about happiness”, she wrote and it certainly is for me.

More so, I think, there is no denying that happiness is one of the most important things in life. Everyday we search for new pleasures and sometimes work jobs we geniuenly hate to earn the money we believe we need to lead a contented life. But money can’t buy us happiness.
The greatest supply of happines lies with the people we love and the people who care about us: Our family, our friends.

Joanna’s card has surely made me happy by dropping into my mailbox on October 5th after travelling 473 miles (761 km) in 12 days.

So, has anybody made you happy today? Have you made anyone happy?

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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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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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