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Received Card #209

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Carol from Nanjing, China sent me this pretty postcard from Weizhuang, which she called an ancient water town. So pretty! She is a student majoring in Furniture Design. 🙂

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Sent Card #209


I sent this card to Cindy in New Taipei City, Taiwan, China. Cindy asked on her profile what people’s dreams were… I said I’d love to work from home, and to have a movie theater living room. 😉
HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 18 days after traveling 7,939 miles! Anna wrote: “Greetings from Taiwan! In fact, the idea of having a movie theater living room came from a Taiwanese movie called ‘Coffee, Waiting,Love’, which was a huge hit last year. One of the supporting characters does own a living room like that! Like you, I love all kind of movies except horror, and I’m now looking forward to Divergent 3 being released.(which still has a lot of time to go) Wish you all the best:)” I can’t wait to see Divergent 3 as well! 😉 The book was great!

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Sent Card #197


I sent Shirley from Tai’an City, Shandong, Taiwan this card. She said she likes “postcards from around this world”!

“Hi, Maria, Thanks your postcard, I am very glad can receive it! I also like your handwrite! If I have free time, I will invite Virginia that you say have many historical place!Happy postcrossing!”

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Sent Card #194


Xingfeng from Hangzhou, China, has a postdoc with an interest in animal ecology – especially birds. I sent him this card with a Cardinal. I know very little about birds, but I do know the Cardinal males are red, and the females are brown. 😉

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 16 days after traveling 7,612 miles! Xingfeng wrote, “Thanks very much for your card with Cardinal and Dogwood! I have studied at Duke University, North Carolina for one year so I know the Cardinal very much, especially for the male Cardinal with his red plumage. In southern China, we can find the dogwood in the field, but the shape of flowers look different as in Virginia. One more point: I have driven across Richmond city in 2013 to attend a meeting in Baltimore, Maryland…”

WOW! What a small world. 🙂 So cool Xingfeng has actually driven through where I live in Richmond, VA, and that he knows about Cardinals and dogwoods! I wonder what dogwood flowers look like in China?

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Swaps #48 & 49 & another with Liu Jie!

A few people contacted me about swapping postcards over the past 6 months, and I was more than happy to. I sent their cards off, and I emailed them when I received their card. However I haven’t heard back from, so I still don’t know if they’re gotten my cards, but I’m going to assume they did by now since it’s been so long. I’m guessing they got busy with life, or maybe there was a problem with email. So if they read this, and didn’t get their cards, I’d be happy to resend them! 🙂 

Lily lives in Washington, DC, USA, and she noticed that I’d favorited this “zebra” card of hers. She emailed me on Christmas Day 2013, and said she’d like to send it to me, since it was “Christmas and all :)” I thought that was really sweet! 🙂 She picked up the postcard in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and it’s an ad for a bookstore. I sent Lily the Chicago World’s Fair card that she liked in return.

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Alisson from São Paulo, Brazil contacted me in February, 2014. He really liked my Harley-Davidson postcard that I’ve sent before and that he saw in the Postcrossing gallery. He sent me this lovely card of São Paulo, and really interesting stamp!!! I’m guessing it’s the automated type you get at a machine from the post office? I’m not really sure, but it’s unique, and I like that. 🙂

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I had swapped with Liu Jie once before. I was really excited she asked me to swap again, since Asian shape cards are really expensive and difficult to get – because they are simply beautiful! 🙂 From what I’ve learned via Postcrossing, shape cards in Asia are 2 or 3 times the cost of a normal postcard, and the postage is about 3 times as much. I so sent Liu Jie 8 cards for her 2.

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Swaps with Yiqi and Merve


Yiqi sent me this awesome Christmas card a few months ago! The snowman is detachable. 🙂 She sent it from China. She also sent a postcard from London, England where she’s studying. I love it! 🙂

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Merve from Ankara, Turkey sent this great ice skating card and photo she took of Istanbul! It looks so pretty. I also love the stamps. 🙂

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Sent Cards #180 & 181

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I sent these cards to Lu in Dalian, China. She collects cards with “fountain pens and penmanship”. I wasn’t really sure the first card fit that profile, so I figured I’d send her another card, too.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 45 days after traveling 11,318 km! Lu wrote, “Dear Maria, your cards are really nice! Keep being creative! And your hello card makes me know how to say hello in every language, that’s fun! Thank u. Wish u all the best.” (I designed the “Hello” postcard and on the back I wrote how to say “Hello” in several languages. 🙂 )

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I sent this card to Natalie in Moscow, Russia. She likes postcards with tea on them, and while I didn’t have any of tea, I had this one of coffee! 🙂

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 25 days after traveling 7,990 km! Natalie wrote, “Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful postcard. I love it. […] Best wishes, Natalie”

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Sent Card #152

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I sent this card to Yue in Shanghai, China. She said on her profile that she collects postmarks. I picked up this card at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. a year ago. They had 2 (or 3?) areas in the museum where you could hand stamp special cards that they had. I stamped this card myself. It is a copy of one of the first American stamps (2 were issued at the same time) and the first postmark!

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 17 days after traveling 12,144 km! Yue wrote, “Thank you for the nice card with nice stamps! I like it very much!!” This is the fastest one of my cards has traveled to China! It normally takes about 6-8 weeks. 

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Swap #32

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Liu Jie from Zhengzhou City, China asked to swap, and she had this BEAUTIFUL shape card I really wanted. Shape cards cost 3 times the normal amount to send from China, so I thought I’d send her 3 cards plus the cupcake greeting card which I wrote in (below). She put such beautiful, colorful stamps on the card too!

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Received Card #142

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Velorie from Zhuhai, China sent me a magnificent envelope filled with postcards, stamps and a letter. I love the brown airmail letter. It’s so unusual. I also love the stamps she sent me!

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