From Wietze in the Netherlands

I know I’ve said it before, but I truly appreciate when people look at my favorites when sending me a postcard. Don’t get me wrong, I do love surprises, but it really shows the person tried when I get a card showing my favorite things. In this case, Wietze sent me a postcard showing an archeological site!

The only writing on the back is the same as on the front, “Masada, the northern palace.” The only difference on the back is that it’s in a few different languages. It looks like Hebrew, English, French, and German.

According to Wikipedia, “Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea.”

Thanks Wietze for such a neat postcard!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Andrea in Germany

I absolutely love this postcard Andrea sent me from Germany! I appreciate when people send me postcards that relate to my interests!

It’s the one and only Pikachu! Interestingly, this postcard is an older one, and the evolutionary line only included Pikachu and Raichu. Later, Pichu was added as a baby Pokémon that would evolve into Pikachu. I am such a nerd, but I love history, including gamer history!!!

At the end of Andrea’s message, she writes, “Have a good day with ‘Pikachu’ and bye!” Love it!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Sibel in Turkey

Sibel sent me a postcard with a wonderful view of Karabük/Safranbolu in Turkey. She said on the back that she was from Istanbul.

I love discovering international architecture, so this postcard is really amazing to me. These buildings have similar features to them and I love the Turkish flag hanging from the one building! Sibel hopes that someday I can visit Turkey and I hope so too!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Ryan in Malaysia

Ryan spelled my name wrong when he greeted me on the postcard, but that’s okay! “Melanin” is close enough to “Melanie” anyway! He sent a lovely postcard of Kuala Lumpur Tower at night.

It is described on the back as “the sixth tallest telecommunications tower in the world. It is also the only tower in the world to be situated in a forest reserve, at the heart of the city.”

He wrote how to say “How are you?” in his native language, which is “Apakhabar?” I love learning new things!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

Pen Pal Post – Nat

I got another letter from Nat in Australia!! This time she sent along stickers and a lovely stamp showing the visit of Prince William, Kate, and George in Australia. Loved it all!

I love the cute stickers and can’t wait to use them! She asked me a few questions in this letter such as “Do you have instagram?” and “What do you do for work?” I replied in my letter and told her about some of the fun things I’ve done recently.

I also sent with my letter a postcard of the library in the town I grew up in. There aren’t too many postcards of my hometown, but I wanted to send her one that I did have! Can’t wait to hear back from Nat!!

New U.S. Stamps – Hudson River School

Today the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp collection, Hudson River School. These are Forever stamps, currently at 49 cents. The description is as follows:

During the 19th century, the artists of a young America searched for a new way of viewing the world and found it in the very landscapes around them. Inspired by the stunning natural beauty of New York state, the loose-knit Hudson River School of painters flourished from the mid-1830s to the mid-1870s and gave America its first major school of art.

This 12th issuance in the American Treasures series features details of paintings by four renowned Hudson River School artists. The paintings on these stamps are: Distant View of Niagara Falls (1830) by Thomas Cole, from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; Summer Afternoon(1865) by Asher B. Durand, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sunset (1856) by Frederic Edwin Church, from the collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute; and Grand Canyon (1912) by Thomas Moran, from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

To deltlover in Canada

I never did catch the real name of deltlover. He explained in his profile that “deltlover is short for deltiology lover. Deltiology is the study and collection of postcards.” I never knew that! I suppose I am a deltlover as well!

I didn’t really have a postcard to match his specific requests, but I did have a similar one. He wanted postcards showing couples, love and commitment. I chose this postcard of a family that I felt may have shown similar attributes.

Plus, I think postcards with photographs like this that show cultural history are very neat! Deltlover appreciated this card that I sent and even included it in his Favorites on the Postcrossing website. I am always glad when a postcard I send gives the person joy!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.