Swap / 2-24-11

Friday, February 25, 2011

Private swap with Grettaa
Dated: February 6, 2011

A beautiful postcard of Klaipeda in Lithuania. Oh, and this is my first card received from Greta's country. Because of this card, I realized how much I love aerial views. I love seeing the architecture, streets and pathways. It's nice to see the structure of a city. 

It seems that a lot of us couldn't wait for summer. Just like Greta, I love the beach! 
Youth Olympic Games Stamp

Tags / 2-24-11

Austria Meets Far East Tag
From: Linzerin
Dated: February 9, 2011

Lake Wörthersee, Carinthia and Ioan Holender stamps


I don't want this card... do you? Tag
From: Margaret111
Dated: January 25, 2011

Stamps used:
Wild Animal (European Mink) definitive and Kalaidy stamp

Postcard 37 / JP-151749

Postcard 37 | Traditional Festivals of Japan Mapcard
JP-151749 from tinktink0302
Dated: February 14, 2011

A postcard from my Postcrossing Favorites album! Yay! Another mapcard has found it's way to my collection. This time it's this Festivals Picture Map of Japan. It came from a person who I always see around the forums but never had the chance to had a little chat with. If I'm not mistaken, this is the second postcard I received from a known forum member, the first from norbaer

Sumie tells me that she is originally from Aomori (which is there on the postcard somewhere) where Nebuta Matsuri is held. According to her, it  is very old and one of the three big summer festivals in Japan. 

She used a lot of interesting stamps on the postcard, especially these marked with 1964 and 1972. I've been trying to figure out what are these, but I can't seem to find them on the online lists. Maybe somebody could help me?

The said stamps and this adorable Air Mail stamp mark. 

Postcard 36 / PL-174481

Postcard 35 | Czestochowa
PL-174481 from Romanek
Dated: February 4, 2011

Martin says that this a card that shows the Cloister of St. Mary in a town he lives in. It is famous for a picture of the Black Madonna. Salamat Martin! 

Manor Houses stamps

Postcard 35 / NL-546164

Postcard 35 | Mike's Brainstorm Movie Poster
NL-546164 from sasgm

My first Free Boomerang Cards postcard (It says that on the back). I have no complaints on this one. I didn't know there are ad cards like these. Saskia told me that this is a poster of an American film from 1912 and is in the collection of their national film museum. She also recommended a movie named "The Band's Visit" wherein an Egyptian police band visits Israel for a concert only to find themselves on the wrong town.

Maraming salamat Saskia! 

Postcard 34 / RU-284269

Postcard 33 | First Ufa Cathedral Mosque
RU-284269 from sun4life
Dated: December 19, 2010

Deniza sent me this postcard from her hometown Ufa - a capital of Bashkartostan republic. She tells me that there are many Muslims in her place and this on the postcard is the oldest Mosque there. This card traveled for 77 days (whoa!).
Kremlin definitive stamp

Tags / 2-21-11

Eyes Closed tag
From: Lovesnooker
Dated: January 29, 2011

Stamps used;
Animal definitives


Show the card you offer tag
From: MarissaMuisje


I don't want this card... do you? Tag
From: Mapache
Dated: January 24, 2011

Stamps used:
Fox and Kremlin definitives

Swaps / 2-21-11

Private swap with TeresaN123
Dated: February 3, 2011

Stamps used:
Polar bear stamps and 2011 Lunar Year

Private swap with tu-zi (Elena)
Dated: February 1, 2011

Stamps used L-R:
Hare definitive stamp, Kamov's Helicopters - Ka-226,
P.P. Chistjakov and National Head dress - girl band

Postcard 33 / FI-1014663

Postcard 33 | Inge Look (Old Ladies)
FI-1014663 from anemone1 (Vuokko)
Dated: February 9, 2011

Postcard 32 / US-960670

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Postcard 32 | Solvang, California
US-960670 from ktav (Kelly)
Dated: Feb 1, 2011

This is Kelly's first official sent postcard. Though I was not the first person who registered, according to what she wrote I am the first person she sent an official postcard to. I am honored!

Swaps / 2-16-11

Friday, February 18, 2011

Private swap with Vesna72
Dated: February 3, 2011

Stamps used:
Moebringia tommasinii, Adriatic Lizard Orchid, Adenophora liliifolia
and a Valentine's Day stamp 

Private swap with wanda164
Dated: January 22, 2011

Stamps used:
The Meteorological Phenomena (zarniec piaskowa), Antique Locomotives,
and Polish Alphabet (S) stamps 
Stamps used:
Polish Manor Houses, Polish Alphabet (Z), Koty stamps 

Private swap with ossuusso
Dated: February 3, 2011

This was for the swap, a Year of the Rabbit stamp from Estonia

Swap / Gratis Postcards

Gratis Postcards from CaptainSoul
Gratis is the process of providing goods or services without compensation. It is often referred to in English as "free of charge" (FOC) or "complimentary".
Would you believe I got these cards for free? Ronald (CaptainSoul) posted a very generous offer of sending his excess cards for free. I was lucky enough to be one of the early birds and I was able to get these three mapcards from his offers. Thank you so much again Ronald! 

Kansas USA Forever and American Clock stamps used.

RR / Asia Meets The World: Group 177

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Asia Meets The World RR Group 177
From: Jantara
Dated: January 19, 2011

Alfons Mucha stamp, I love it! It's so beautiful!

Tag / manepyce4ka

Surprise The Person Below You tag
From: manepyce4ka
Dated: January 14, 2011

A forest tram from Ukraine. mancepyce4ka hails from Donetsk. She tells me that these trams are in the most major cities as well as trolleys and buses. 

Stamps used:
Western Capercaillie, Ukraine Train, Grapes and Winemaking in Ukrainia

Swap / 02-15-11

Private swap with Ami10 (Amiya)

According to Amiya, this card shows the typical Indian snippets - Woman in a Sari & bindi, classical dance Kathakali, good luck charms, etc. I chose this card particularly because of these elements. I love it when one card can tell so much about a country and it's culture. Isn't this card a gem?

Just yesterday, I saw a show in National Geographic about a traveler exploring India. He was there particularly to explore the insects in the country's forests and the common parasites that causes different illnesses. It was quite educational, since I can relate thanks to hours and hours of pain-staking Microbiology classes. I was amazed with this parasite the body lice. I've heard one that pesters our human scalps, not the one that clings to our clothes. Ew, right.

Dr. BR Ambedkar and CV Raman stamps

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Private swap with joycE30
Dated: January 30, 2011

Omelette du fromage? 
- Dexter, Dexter's Laboratory

Do you remember that unforgettable line from Dexter's Laboratory? I remembered after watching that episode, my sister and I kept on repeating the line with different voices like a broken record. Our parents was so annoyed at us that day. Haha. I'm sorry I had just to do that since this post includes, cheese and the Eiffel Tower. 

This wonderful, generous swap is with Joyce from The Netherlands. She traded 2 Nouvelles Images for 1 of her favorites. My first 2 Nouvelles Images card! I've been wanting to receive a multiples card for the longest time. Joyce, by the way, sells some of these cards and others over at her site: Ogi Post.

Tag / 02-15-11

Canada and World Tag from abw92
Dated: January 25, 2011

The moose is one of Canada's most massive animals. A cow moose, such as this mother with her young may weigh 360 kg. 
A cow moose with her young. The one in the middle looks a bit scared, don't you think? Or maybe it was caught in quite an awkward position. Thank you so much April for finding a card fit for my collection.

An adorable Polar Bear stamp!

Spain to the Rest of the World tag from earwen
Dated: February 2, 2011

An absolutely wonderful view of the peninsula "La Magdalena" in Santander, Spain. I love the aerial view and feeling that it gives off. It's getting quite humid here again, I badly want to go to the beach and cool down. This postcard makes me want to leave everything and go to La Union to have a day-off there and enjoy the beach and the sun. 

Banco de Espana stamp 2006