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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?

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(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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How dare I think that was it

Dear Friends,

The plan for today was to talk a bit about New Year’s resolutions since 2012 will be here shortly. That was before checking the mailbox this morning. Now, just look what I found:

Yes, a Christmas card! Why had I even dared to think that had been it when posting my supposedly ‘last’ Christmas-post on Monday. Life simply had to prove me wrong, I guess. So I will be postponing my New Year’s resolutions to honour this very cute and unexpected Christmas card from Alena.

Alena had sent me this beautiful card from London in October. I loved it and I love this one just as much, mostly because it was such an utter surprise to me. I hadn’t thought that she would feel obliged to send me a card back when I send her a card in response to the one she had sent me through postcrossing. It is so sweet of her and now I feel obliged to get something in the mail for her.

For New Year’s Eve she is going to her family in Russia. She is especially excited to be able to show her grandmother her ten-month-old son. He is her grandmother’s very first grandson!
I wonder if there are any Russian New Year’s traditions… maybe I’ll ask her when writing my response.

Now I hope that this has really been the last bit of Christmas 2011, and that we can begin to really focus on what’s lying ahead of us: The year 2012!

Cheers,

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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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