And the world comes calling …

I had my biggest haul Yet – 14 postcards yesterday and 3 on Thursday πŸ™‚

I received 4 postcards from Andreas in Germany. We have been swapping postcards for months and he always manages to surprise me with the beautiful postcards he sends me πŸ™‚

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I also received a postcard from Elma in Cambodia. it was sent to India first πŸ™‚

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Next up is 5 cards from Ada in Poland – 2 cards are vintage. She lives in a town called Olsztyn.

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She also sent me a beautiful fridge magnet πŸ™‚

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The I got an interesting card from Zoey living in China. I mentioned that I love Chinese cuisine. So she sent me a postcard showing a picture of Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce πŸ™‚

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Next was Hellevi from Finland. I love snow pictures πŸ™‚

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I also received a new postcard from my penpal Dagmar living in Germany.

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Then Elisa living in Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands sent me a card.

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Minli from Guangzhou in China sent me this beautiful card of the Presidential Villa.

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Svenja from Germany sent me a homemade card showing their new cityhall – it is only 100 years old πŸ™‚

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And then Carrick send me a card from California USA showing a Redwood forest.

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And there you have it – the world in 17 postcards πŸ™‚

 

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China with presents

well this week finally brought some new postcards – I must admit I hate the waiting. I received some stunning postcards through direct swaps – all from China. And each one had a little surprise πŸ™‚

The first one was from Karen in China. And again I have to say that China has got the most beautiful envelopes…

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I told herΒ I liked Chinese theater so she sent me two postcards showing theater characters.

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She also sent me a postcard showing the National Center for Performing Arts.

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The next postcard shows the Longmen Grottoes.

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Her last postcard shows the Square of the Great Harmony Gate. I do love Chinese architecture.

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And now for my surprise – a mask from Chinese theater – which is now hanging over my bed πŸ™‚

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My next set of postcards came from Sindy – also living in China. And again the envelope is beautiful.

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As a surprise she sent me some sweets from China. And yes I ate them all πŸ™‚

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She also sent a postcard showing the ancient Chinese pattern for happiness – which was quite interesting.

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The second postcard shows a park In Beijing.

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This was a good week postcard-wise – but where is some Postcrossing postcards 😦

I am off for a week so will be spending it looking for more direct swaps πŸ™‚

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Italy and Malaysia

Received three Direct Swap cards today πŸ™‚ The first one was from Gian Luca living in Cuneo, Italy. It shows a monument to Giuseppe Barbaroux.

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I also received two postcards from Zie in Malaysia. She wrote me some Jawi script and she also wrote my name in Jawi – really cool πŸ™‚

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The first postcard shows an aboriginal village. It looks so peaceful that I can definitely understand living there.

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The second postcard shows a mosque built in 1907. Malaysia us definitely on my to-visit list πŸ™‚

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So slowly but surely my postcards are arriving again. Hopefully next week we will be back on track πŸ™‚

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Finally – mail !!!!

I was so happy when I got home – postcards πŸ™‚ I received 6 direct swap postcards – the drought is over – the withdrawal symptoms disappeared and the sun came out πŸ™‚ Dramatic I know …

I received the following card from Valentina in India – it shows the people of Rajasthan. The colors are beautiful.

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I also received two postcards from Alex in Czech Republic. The first one shows St. Barbara’s Cathedral.

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The second postcard shows the Charles Bridge in Prague. What beautiful buildings!

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I also received this beautiful card from Jennifer living in Taiwan.

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I received this beautiful card from Cathy in Luxembourg.

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And last but definitely not least – Uwe from Germany sent me this card of Dresden.

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So happy days are here again πŸ™‚

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Strikes :(

It is so frustrating – South Africa is in the middle of our ‘strike period’ – which means very little mail – and NO postcards. Needless to say at the moment I am climbing the walls. The only good thing is when they start working again I should receive lots and lots – but until then – grrrrrrrrrrr

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Direct swaps from China, Ukraine and Czech Republic

Well tomorrow school starts for the kids but unfortunately we teachers have been busy for two days already. BUT I was very happy when I got home as I received a whole envelope full of postcards from China. The postcrosser – her name is Reeds – swapped 5 postcards with me. And she also added a sixth one just as a surprise.

The envelope was just a beautiful and I had to share it.

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The first postcard is a painting from a Japanese artist.

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The next one is a religious painting from the Yutin Grottos or caves.

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I also received a postcard showcasing a famous Chinese Painter named Wang Shimin.

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As I like temples so much she sent me a postcard showing the Tower of Buddhist Incense which is part of the Summer Palace in Beijing.

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The next postcard is definitely one of my favorites – it shows a Vintage Calender Picture.

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And last but not least my special postcard showing the waterways in South China. I love this shape of bridge πŸ™‚

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I also received a direct swap from Nadia living in the Ukraine. The postcard shows the Khotyn Fortress.

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My final postcard came from Klara in the Ukraine. It shows tourist attractions from Ostrava – specifically the New Town Hall, a closed coal mine and Ostrava castle.

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Postcards seem to have slow down a bit … here is holding thumbs it picks up soon πŸ™‚

I got my son to start using a blog too – so if you want to have a look …

http://moujou123.wordpress.com

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Postcards keep falling on my head …

And that is literally whats happening πŸ™‚ I received 5 more postcards today – and when I went to put them with the others all my postcards fell out – and onto my head. I am however still left with a huge smile – receiving postcards is the best feeling EVER !!!

So starting at random – India. My first postcard arrived from India today. India has almost 8 000 members out of a population of 1 billion. I sent a postcard through postcrossing to Archana Mehta – and she was nice enough to send me one back πŸ™‚ The postcard shows to famous temples and it is stunningly beautiful – the intricate designs is breathtaking.

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Next up I received an envelope through postcrossing from Finland – and what a surprise when I opened it – it contained an old postcard depicting a scene from a movie – it just became one of my favorites for being so freaky πŸ™‚

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Niduska – my new favorite postcrosser πŸ™‚ –Β Β also sent two recipes Β – when I have translated it I will tell you what it is for :). Β And a saying that I just have to share with you: “No matter how good you are to a goat it will still eat your yams” I thought that was so fumy and so true πŸ™‚

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From Russia I received a card through postcrossing from Anastasiya showing a night view of the city Moscow. This card also made it onto my favorites list πŸ™‚

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From China (Shangai again :)) and through postcrossing I received a xmas card from postcrosser Eqing. This was an interesting card as it is from UK Now but was sent from China – I like it πŸ™‚

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Lastly we are back on Germany and I had a direct swap with a lady named Dagmar. The postcard shows a frozen tree and the pure image will be one of my favorites for ever …

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With a start like this things can only get better πŸ™‚ I can not wait for my cards to arrive so I can send more and get more back ! It is January the 6th and I have had 7 postcards – NICE!

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