February 19, 2013

Postcards from Germany, Poland, Spain and Japan

These are the first four postcards I received through Postcrossing.

Cards from the top clockwise: (1) Anke from Germany, (2) Urszula from Poland, (3) Gezabel from Spain, and (4) Saki from Japan. 

Dear Anke, thank you for your beautiful Christmas card. I have never been to your country but when the time comes that I'll be able to visit Germany, I would probably find some Ballonblume flowers. Also, I would love to see those beautiful illuminations in your town during Christmas season!

Dear Urszula, thank you for sharing to me your favorite Christmas song. I tried to find it on the internet but I couldn't find any. I found something with the same title but it's not in English like how you wrote the lyrics. So, I'll assume this is the song. It sounds merry to me and one thing is for sure, I would love to speak Polish soon. Maybe learn a few words? Thank you again! :)

Dear Gezabel, thank you for this postcard. I adore the three stamps so much because I have a thing for guitars. I've never seen these kind of guitars around my country so I'm happy that you've given me these. I have never read The Diary Of Anne Frank but I'll try to find a copy of it so I could read it soon. Also, I don't have a favorite poet. I wanna share to you a poem that I recently liked:

 Vol De Nuit by Barbara Crooker

Now, isn't that more elegant than
taking the Red-Eye?
And don't you love it when the flight attendant
(Remember when she used to be a stewardess?
When everything matched her uniform,
even her luggage, and her makeup was heavy
and impeccable?) hands out pillows, blankets
soft as babies' dreams, eye masks,
ear plugs -- everything Mother would do
but tuck you in and read you a story.
Or maybe she does -- think of the fable
she recites at the beginning of the flight.
Or did you think it was true, that oxygen
miraculously drops from above if the cabin
pressure fails? That your seat cushion becomes
a life preserver if you fall into the black night
of the North Atlantic? That emergency lights
will twinkle and glow, illuminate your path
to the exit chute, little constellations of hope?
Never mind. Relax into your backrest
of many positions. Enjoy the multi-course
many-sectioned meal brought to you hot,
without a kitchen in sight. Hear the tinkle
of the cart as she progresses down the aisle,
find the channel with jazz or blues, and voilà,
you're in Paris already, hours ahead of time.
So the pâté and camembert come in tin foil,
and the roll's hard as an iceberg. Thousands
of miles are rushing under your feet
beneath these silver wings. Soon,
you'll be racing the dawn, as morning throws
her rosy covers over the sky. Brioches,
café au lait, croissants and café noir will roll
down the aisles. You'll begin your long descent
from the land of the clouds. Things
may have shifted overhead. Everyone is speaking
in tongues, and none of them are yours.
You must go to le contrôle de passeports,
and you will need to declare: business
or pleasure. Someone is meeting you
at the gate; he's carrying a baguette
and a single red rose, knows the minute
your plan touches the tarmac.
Now you have reclaimed your luggage,
passed through customs, and entered
the terminal, where the rest
of your life is waiting.

Dear Saki, thank you for this cross-stitch inspired card. I haven't read Gideon Oliver series but I'll probably do once I find them in our local bookshops. I know now that there are nine books (or are there more?) in that series. Whew! That's a lot! :p Anyway, thank you for your recommendation and take care! :)


  1. I love receiving postcards from far off places - they always brighten my day :-)

    1. I love the feeling of receiving postcards, too. Four postcards arrived at the same time and another one on the next day. I was the happiest! :D

  2. These postcards are so pretty! I love how postcards can make you feel like you're somewhere else, even if only for a moment.

  3. That is so cool! I love collecting postcards too. And everywhere I go, I buy a few and bring them home :)

  4. there's something really nice about getting real life in your hand mail.

    1. I love handwritten letters and postcards! What excites me more about these postcards is that they come from different places from strangers who become your friends, eventually! :D

  5. Anonymous4:05 AM

    Very lovely postcards! I used to collect them when I was younger.



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