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Postcards from the Last Six Months

I spent most of this afternoon sorting through the gigantic pile of postcards that I had accumulated for the past six months. I have a system for sorting–first I sort by size. This makes it easier for me to put protective plastic sleeves on them without switching between different sizes with every other one. Then I sort them again by country and file them accordingly in boxes. Below, I’ve documented some of my progress. (This is also in a Twitter thread.)

The stack:

Austria:

Australia:

Belgium:

Belarus:

Brazil:

Canada:

China:

Czech Republic:

Estonia:

Finland:

France:

Germany:

Great Britain:

Hong Kong:

Hungary:

Indonesia:

Ireland:

Israel:

Italy:

Japan:

Lithuania:

Luxembourg:

Macau:

Netherlands:

Norway:

Poland:

Portugal:

Russia:

Spain:

Switzerland:

Taiwan:

Ukraine:

USA:

Postcard #41 – From Mom

This particular postcard from Taiwan has sentimental value because my mom sent it to me several years ago while she was on vacation there. And now, of course, I’m sharing it with all of my blog visitors. I don’t think it’s a common thing nowadays for parents to send their kids postcards. It’s all about the convenience of phone calls and emails–immediate yet also ephemeral. I’m not someone who likes clutter, but I must admit, there is something to be said for having something tangible.

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Postcard #30 – Ballooning and the Police Academy

I like hot air balloons, but I’m pretty content to stay on the ground and watch them go up from below. I’m not afraid of heights, but I don’t exactly have a head for them either. And going up on a hot air balloon seems like an iffy proposition with all that fire. Anything remotely like the Hindenburg kind of freaks me out.

One of the consequences of getting postcards from random people around the world is that you’ll get all sorts of people. One day it’ll be a twelve year old kid, another a cat owner with way too many cats, or maybe even a bus driver. This one is from a student of a police university. Going into that profession is something I can’t quite comprehend–I think one would have to be of a certain personality with some authoritarian leanings. Anyways, I’ll save my dark philosophical musings for another time and just enjoy the colorful postcard.

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Postcard #24 – It’s Not Caturday But Here’s a Cat Anyway

It’s interesting getting a postcard from Taiwan because this is actually one of the places I’ve gone to before. But not recently. It was way back when I was a teenager, when I actually had *gasp* free time during the summer. I also have relatives there so whenever I hear something about the island on the news, of course, I feel a bit worried for them.

It’s been long, but I do hope one day I’ll be able to visit again. What I remember most vividly is not really the city (I was staying in Taipei), but the bit of countryside outside of the city. The mountains were so green. I mean, I’m in no shape to climb them, but for some reason mountains (any mountains, really) have a mesmerizing hold on my psyche.

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