Greetings from… Russia

Postallove again, you say? Yes!
Having one of these Greetings from… postcards actually sent from the country of origin makes it so much better than going online and buying a blank one (which I, luckily, didn’t do, although it was heavily considered at one point).

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All the interesting facts about Russia & this beautiful image in the background, wow! :)
I really appreciate the sweet Tanya’s effort to send me one of these, especially knowing how they can only be bought online & how some of them are even sold out on the web site. I’m still not a die-hard I-must-have-all-of-them kind of fan of Greetings from… postcards, but every single one of them is greatly appreciated and I really enjoy reading them & then adding them on my wall to look at! :)

Maxicard from Australia

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I got this postcard as the official Postcrossing card just a few days ago, all the way from Australia. I swear to you, I was a 100% sure it was my first maxicard ever – I even asked a friend of mine, “It has a stamp on the front side… Do these have a name?” #awkward

Since then I learned that:
a) This definitely ISN’T my first maxicard – I find three more in my collection, all coming from Australia. (Now, of course, I’m curious why Aussies like sending them so much. I’ve heard the postage rates in Australia are rather high so I’m curious whether this type of cards is more affordable – you get a cute postcard with postage already paid – but I honestly have no clue about the price of these things so I can’t tell.)

b) There is an entire post on the Postcrossing blog dedicated to maxicards (CLICK HERE!) and their history and all the interesting facts… and I have never seen it before. Better late then never, I know. ;)

c) I swear, I have no clue if Croatia even has these maxicards available. XD

Vienna, Austria

To be completely honest, I’ve seriously neglected Postcrossing during the past few months. I’ve never been the most active Postcrosser out there, but lately – I barely think of requesting an address.  Three of my outgoing postcards misterously expired, which was really disappointing as well. I know it happens sometimes, but three in a row… it just plain sucks. :(

And then today I opened my mailbox and there was this lovely Austrian postcard, sent to me through Postcrossing. Out of nowhere! And it was such a nice surprise! :)

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The postcard is showing the Wiener Reisenrad – or in English: Vienna Giant Wheel – a 65 metre (212 ft) tall ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park. It’s one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions and symbolises Vienna’s 2nd Dictrict (where it’s located) as well as the city to many people. It was constructed in 1897, and it was the world’s tallest extant ferris wheel from 1920 to 1985.

Also, a fun fact, it was supposed to be taken down. A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but due to a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived.

It would be fun to go for a ride in it! :)

A little bit from everywhere.

First of all, I don’t know if any of you Postcrossers are (were) using Google Picassa for storing your scanned postcards. Did I just not notice it before or did they make some sort of changes up there? I’ve noticed I can mainly access my photos through Google Drive, which I don’t really mind that much. But what’s up with the albums and “collections” and adding new photos and… well, basically everything else? It doesn’t allow me to view my albums as they were before – now it just shows photos uploaded by month. It doesn’t allow me to upload new photos what so ever – it just lets me shuffle existing pictures from one “album” to another. And it annoys me so much! It’s a fair chance that I just didn’t figure it out, but it really bugs me, especially since I’ve been using it to store my available postcards & I could easily get them from the albums and share them if I needed to do so. Where do you store your postcard scans? Is there any better option than Google Drive? Tnx in advance.

On a brighter topic, here are three awesome postcards I got in the last two weeks….

First, a wonderful “Hello from Buffalo” from O’Neal! I love this type of postcards and I’m not exactly sure why, but every time I see one of these – I can’t help but think of old movies & TV series. #facepalm Anyway, wonderful postcard. I love it! Thank you, O’Neal!

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The second postcard I want to share came from my pal Anu and it’s showing a beautiful “view along Loch Tummel at dusk to Schiehallion (3550 ft) and the mountains of Glencoe in the far distance.” I love the view & the sunset shades of the sky. <3

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Last, but certainly not least – this wonderful Greetings from… postcard that came through Postcrossing from sweet Beata. I quite like these Greetings from… postcards but I’m not a crazy collector or anything like that, so this is the first of those I’ve ever gotten. AND I LOVE IT!!! I think I might actually turn into a crazy collector, haha! :) The whole idea is just a great one – you have a nice picture in the background & all sorts of interesting facts about the country. I quite like it! Sadly, as far as I know, they can only be ordered through the Postallove.com website & I’m not much of a “I’ll-order-it-just-so-I-can-say-I-have-it” kind of person. I’d much rather wait until someone sends me one so it’s nicely written and – more enjoyable. :)

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And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s Saturday and I’m off to finish some things that I didn’t have a chance to do during the week. Such as finish crocheting a beanie. And sleep. And enjoy some music. And enjoy some music while sleeping. :)
(I’ve been addicted to THIS song for a while now. You’d think I will get tired of it by now, but nope!

Johannesburg, South Africa

This update is sooooooo overdue…. I have a pile of postcards that I would like to upload to my blog and I just don’t have the time or energy to deal with it. After the laser surgery on my eyes I was so sensitive to bright lights and the light of the computer screen, this  is actually one of the first times in the past two weeks that I’m actually sitting down in front of the computer – and not just running by it. :)

Anyway…. Back to the original point, which is this wonderful postcard from Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the first postcard from South Africa I have ever received through the official Postcrossing! That’s also the fourth postcard from South Africa in my collection. I quite like it! :)

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Auckland, New Zealand (NZ-86199)

This wonderful postcard arrived a few days ago – from New Zealand! Really nice sunset photo!

Based on the printed description on the postcard’s back, the island in the picture is Rangitoto Island, near Auckland. It is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf. It’s the most recent and the largest of the approximate 50 volcanos of the Auckland volcanic field. [Thank you, Wikipedia! XD]

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Hamburg, Germany & I <3 San Diego & hot air balloons

I’ve changed my profile/wishlist on Postcrossing about two weeks ago because I felt it was just not specific enough and I was getting a lot of postcards that… well, honestly, are not the kind that I actually enjoy. Every postcard I get is very much appreciated, there’s no doubt about that, but a lot of them just didn’t have the “WOW!” effect when I pulled them out of my mailbox. So I added some specific themes and stuff that I like… and it seems to be working!

First, this great view card from Hamburg, Germany! Unfortunately, it got a little tear at the top, but it’s nothing major and the postcard is still in a good condition!

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Second, this cute “I <3 San Diego” postcard! The sunglasses on the little heart are funny!Slika

And third, this awesome hot air balloon postcard from Finland!

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