Jiri from Prague, Czech Republic sent me a train postcard – one of my favorites. 🙂 I love the Alphonse Mucha stamp he used!
Favorite cheese: Doesn’t like cheese
Katharina from Ulm, Germany sent me this awesome card! The back of the card said the sparrow is the unofficial bird of Ulm. There’s a little more information on the Ulm Sparrow here.
Favorite cheese: Dutch cheese
Marina from Brest, Belarus is 12 years old, and she said her favorite hobby is traveling! Mine too. 🙂
Favorite cheese: Mozzarella
Aliona from Minsk, Belarus sent me this very whimsical card today. 🙂 I thought it was really interesting that she added the stamp below my address, and it still arrived in an average time from Belarus – about 30 days.
Yulia from Gomel, Belarus wrote on her profile that she likes horses. So I sent her this card I picked up at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts of a painting by James Ward.
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 22 days after traveling 7,866 km! Yulia wrote, “Hello Maria! How are you doing? Thank you very much for the card. Have a good day and happy Postcrossing!!!
Favorite cheese: Suluguni
I love the little piece of cheese Ann from Gomel, Belarus drew for me. 🙂 So cute! I also love the card, the tiny stamp (about 1 inch high) and the postmarks!
Favorite cheese: Edam
I recently added a section to my blog that shows countries where I’ve received postcards from, and I was really surprised that I’d never received one from Australia! I’ve received 2 cards from South Africa, Vietnam and India which are somewhat more unusual to receive. So I was super excited to get this cute card from Debbie in Geraldton, Australia! 🙂
Katia from Minsk, Belarus wrote that she likes motorcycles! 🙂 I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin: “Home of the Harley”, so I sent her this card that I picked up at the Harley-Davidson Museum last year.
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 16 days after traveling 7,602 km! Katia wrote, “Hello Maria!!! Thank you very-very-very much for the postcard with Harley-Davidson plant and motorcycles!!! That is great that you live so near this historical place! Have a good day!!!”
Favorite cheese: No favorite
Zhanna from Belarus sent me this cool wolf card. At first I thought the wolf was crying, but it’s just marks from the machine at the post office. 😉 Zhanna is studying to be a Systems Engineer! I love the stamp and postmark. The postmark is so clear!
Favorite cheese: Camembert, Limburger, Howzer & Schmittkäse
Marco from Chemnitz, Germany sent me these cards! I’m always amazed when someone sends me a postcard with cheese on it, because I put it on my wishlist thinking there was probably one or two cheese cards in the world. The 2nd card is from Moscow, Russia of the Ukraina Hotel and it’s from 1973! That’s so cool. I also like the 3rd card and the stamps! 🙂 Marco told me his favorite cheese, and that his son likes “Frischkäse”, which, if my German is correct, is a general term for cheeses such as cottage, cream and curds. Which I also love. 🙂
I sent this card to Natallia in Minsk, Belarus who likes cats and dogs! 🙂 I told her that I volunteer for an amazing charity called The Fairy DogParents in Massachusetts. I do graphic design projects for them such as calendars, cards, posters, flyers, stickers, etc. They help dog owners with temporary assistance by providing dog food, medical assistance and general wellness veterinary visits. They are a fantastic non-profit and wonderful people to work with as well!
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 17 days after traveling 7,602 km! Natallia wrote, “Hello. Thank you for a nice card. It is super!! It is very good that you are helping dogs. It is worthy of respect. Have a good day.”
Favorite cheese: Russian cheese (it’s a specific cheese called that 🙂 )
Ann in Khabarovsk, Russia sent me this cute card (I love snow!), and awesome stamps!! She sent me the card in an envelope, so I can add the stamps to my album! Yay! 🙂 I also love the washi tape with the animals she put on the envelope. So cute! I keep meaning to get some washi tape. My envelopes never stay shut!
Alexandra from Belarus sent me this card of a resort near Lake Naroch. I looked at their website, and it looks really neat! They have a hotel, campsites & cottages and boat tours, bus tours, arboretum, disco, bar, beach, amusement park and so on… That sounds like a lot of fun! I’ll have to add that to places I want to go! 🙂
I sent these cards plus a newspaper article on baseball to Anna in Minsk, Belarus. Unfortunately they never arrived. However, I wrote to her and she was nice enough to register my cards. 🙂
After I joined Postcrossing, I soon discovered I had problems getting cards to mainly 4 countries: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and China. Many Postcrossers only provide their address in English, which is something of a problem for the mail carriers in those countries. Also, those countries are some of the most active on Postcrossing (nearly 20% combined) so that’s a problem for me. I know the Russian alphabet (and about 5 words! 🙂 ) so lately I’ve been adding Russian translations for Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. I haven’t had any lost or expired cards since. However, I sent these cards to Anna before I started doing that. I wish I knew Chinese – I would translate those addresses as well! I actually get really excited now when I request a card, and the address has their native language. It takes me between 10-30 minutes to translate an address, and I’d rather be writing postcards instead! 🙂 But I know if I don’t translate the address, chances are my card will go into a black hole. And the cards and postage aren’t cheap. I am going to send Anna another card using my shoddy Russian, and I hope it arrives this time! 🙂
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 263 days after traveling 7,602 km! Anna wrote, “Hope it will come to me 🙂 Can’t wait to see hockey & baseball cards!”
DOUBLE HURRAY! Anna told me my 2nd card arrived on January 30, 2014 and wrote “Hey, i just received your cards. I really like it, and big thank you for sending me it again! Anna” 🙂
I sent this card to Yulia in Kaliningrad, Russia. She likes vintage cars. Me too. 🙂
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 22 days after traveling 7,166 km! Yulia wrote, “Thank you! Good postcard :)) we are very similar) happy new year”
These cards went to Eliska in Roztoky, Czech Republic. Ironically, she had sent an email asking about a swap, which I completely forgot to reply to. I happened to be clearing out my email, and remembered it and I felt really bad. A few minutes later, I decided to send some Postcrossing cards and I received her address! Weird, right? So I sent her a bunch of postcards, including the one she had wanted to swap.
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 14 days after traveling 7,040 km! Eliska wrote, “thank you so much for your wonderful envelope. 😀 You really made my day, it’s like a small Christmas before official Christmas. 🙂 And you don’t have any reason to feel bad. Now, you’ve made me so happy that I don’t know what to say. I love all postcards what you sent me. […] Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for you and Patrick. Take care, Eliska” That made me feel much better! 🙂 I always try to reply to swap requests, but sometimes things come up, and I just forget! Glad she was understanding!
This card went to Alesya in Gomel, Belarus! She wrote on her profile that she likes postcards of books, Harry Potter and would very much like a tea bag. So that’s what I sent! I love the new Harry Potter stamps from the USPS. 🙂
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 12 days after traveling 7,885 km! Alesya wrote, “Many thanks for your postcard and especially stamps (I so love Draco Malfoy and dream to meet Tom Felton one day), it’s amazing:) Thank u also for teabag, I’ll try it tonight. My favorite character is Snape also. […] Have a nice day and Merry Christmas!”