Postcard Passion

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
A Postcard from Thailand

At one of my favorite travel blogs, Cool Travel Guide, Lara is asking her readers about postcard passion.  Since I am a huge fan of postcards, I replied to Lara, and I thought it would be fun to tell you guys what I said, so here goes…

Who I send to: My practice has been that I send a postcard to my mom & dad, sister and brother everywhere I go.  Then if the trip is more special than normal, I send one to my grandmother, aunts, uncles and closest friends.  Then if the trip is extra special, I send postcards to my work, old friends and distant relatives…the Christmas Card list.

Graphic Subject: When I am at the shop, I pick cards that are visually interesting to me, then I later choose who gets which one. I only send postcards with photos or illustrations of places or scenes that I have actually seen or experienced.  I prefer for the subject matter to be architecture, but I sometimes pick up cards with graphics, like the London Tube map, or people, like a Bangkok street vendor.  I also prefer that all my postcards have unique subjects…so that when my sister visits my mom, she doesn’t say, “Jamie sent me that card too!”

Note Subject: If possible, my note is about the image on the front.  I also cater every note to the individual.  If I’m writing my niece I tell her the things I did that day that she would have loved, like watching the ducks play in the lake.  If I’m writing my grandmother, I tell her more about the sensory experiences. I try to keep the note simple and short, aka viewer friendly!! And I always date the postcard the day I write it, and I often include the time.  This way when I forget to put it in the mail (see below), they still know I thought about them while I was away!!

Where I write: I would love to write every post card while I’m experiencing the subject of that particular card.  Sometimes this works out, sometimes it doesn’t.  I often write them as a big group at a park or coffee shop, or sometimes at the hotel as I decompress from a long day.

The added perk: STAMPS!!!  I love picking out stamps from foreign lands.  Again, I try to pick ones that represent the host country, and I always walk away with a few for my own journal pages.

Unsent cards: Sometimes I forget to buy stamps at my destination, so I end up carrying written postcards with me on the plane home.  When this happens, I buy fun stamps at home and send them anyways and hope that they don’t notice!!

As a recipient: I don’t receive many postcards, probably because I move around so much! But when I do, I love it and they go up on the tack board in the kitchen for a month or so, then they move into a drawer with all of the other cards and letters I have received since I was 10.

What do you think about postcards???  Do you still write them?

Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, August 9th, 2008
Martial Artist perform at the Opening Ceremonies photo courtesy of The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Martial Artist perform Kung Fu at the Opening Ceremonies photo courtesy of The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

I definitely have Olympic Fever!!!  Perhaps it is because I am not in my home country, so I have a heightened sense of pride.  Maybe.  Last night I watched the Opening Ceremonies, and was in awe of the performances China put together, especially the Martial Artists performing Kung Fu.  The aerial shots were just amazing, and they were so crisp and perfect.  I did think they went a little overboard with the dude running on the ceiling to light the torch though….it took forever!!!  But when it’s all said and done, well done China.  Great performance!

We made it!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Nik and I are in Bangkok. The city is hot, dirty and beautiful!! Food is great, and the people are always smiling and laughing. I love the laid back feeling.

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