Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ordering Stamps Online

Last week I realized I could buy stamps online at Canada Post. They offer free shipping so I ordered several to keep on hand. They have a better selection than my local postal outlet and I could browse the selection without feeling like I was holding up the line. I also realized they sell pre-stamped postcards for $1.89 which can be sent anywhere in the world. Considering that international stamps cost $1.75, that's a really good deal. I have a lot of postcards now but I might order some of those later on.

Postcard #8 - USA



I got a very nice postcard from the USA today. It is from a woman in Colorado but the postcard shows 5 scenes from California: skiers at Mammoth Mountain, Joshua trees, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Whitney and a beach. There are 3 stamps on the back, Ronald Reagan, oranges and a clock. Two are marked "forever" which must be like our permanent stamps in Canada and the clock stamp is 10 cents. It took 12 days to get here and traveled a distance of  4,167 km.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sent Postcard #16 - USA


My 16th postcard is going to a woman in Massaachusetts, USA. I am sending this postcard which shows the provincial flag. Postage to the USA is $1.03.

11th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Finland was registered today. It took 13 days to get there and traveled a distance of 4,820 km.

Postcard #7 - AUSTRIA



I got a postcard from Austria today. It is of a Monet painting "Tulip Fields at Sassenheim" Monet is one of my favourite artists and I love tulips so this postcard is perfect for me. It's always nice when the person sending you a postcard reads your profile and chooses a postcard based on your likes. The stamp shows a flower (Clematis I believe) and the name "Österreich" which is German for Austria. The cost was 140 (I am assuming this is 1.40 Euro) which is about $1.92. It took 6 days to get here and traveled a distance of 4,981 km.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Postcard #6 - POLAND



I received a beautiful postcard from Poland today. It is from the town of Kołobrzeg (Kolberg) and shows the locations of lighthouses along the Baltic coast in Poland as well as some scenes from the town. There are 4 stamps on the back, a big one showing a lighthouse in Krynica Morska, a town in Poland, worth 2.40 zloty. There are also 3 smaller stamps showing buildings (two from Katowice & 1 from Sieradz) worth 30 and 20 groszy. So the total postage was 3.20 zloty which converts to $1.10. The postcard took 8 days to get here and traveled a distance of 5,060 km.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sent Postcard #15 - TAIWAN


My 15th postcard is going to a young woman in Taiwan. So far I haven't sent to a man. She likes lighthouses so I am sending this postcard of Cape Spear. Postage to Taiwan costs $1.75.

10th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Texas was registered today. It took 6 days to get there and traveled a distance of 4,254 km.

Sent Postcard #14 - RUSSIA


This must be Russia day! I received a postcard from Russia, one that I sent to Russia weeks ago was registered today and when I requested an address I got the address of  a woman in Russia. I am sending this postcard of Cabot Tower. Postage to Russia costs $1.75.

9th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Russia was registered today. I had almost given up hope because it's been 29 days since I sent it! But I have been reading the Postcrossing forums and some people say mail to Russia can be slow. It traveled a distance of 5,259 km.

Postcard #5 - RUSSIA




I got a postcard in the mail today, what a nice way to brighten up a cold snowy day. It is from a teenage girl in Orenburg, Russia. The front of the postcard shows the city museum. The postcard is glossy and a lot like a real photograph, it's pretty sturdy too. There are 3 stamps on the back, two for 10p and one for 4.00. I looked up Russian currency but I don't think it is 4.20 Rubles because that would convert to only 14 cents and I don't think postage from Russia to Canada is that cheap. I think the stamps show the Moscow Kremlin. The postcard took 18 days to get here and traveled a distance of  7,036 km.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sent Postcard #13 - GERMANY




My 13th postcard is going to a woman in Germany. In her profile she said she likes weird/stupid cards so I am sending this Happy Bunny postcard. I recently picked up a bunch of these. I normally send view/tourist cards but will send silly ones if they fit a person's profile. Postage to Germany costs $1.75.

Friday, March 25, 2011

8th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Lithuania was registered today. It took 14 days to get there and traveled a distance of 5,225 km.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Postcard #4 - FRANCE



I got my 4th postcard in the mail today. From Normandy, France, it shows tourists walking towards Mont-Saint-Michel. I Googled it and read the Wikipedia article. It looks like a place I would love to visit and photograph. The stamp on the back is of Marie Curie and the cost was .87 Euros. That's about $1.20. It only took 5 days to get here and traveled a distance of 3,859 km. As you can see on the map the line is practically straight across which means we're around the same latitude, but I bet it's a lot warmer in France than it is here today (we're having a snow storm).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sent Postcard #12 - USA


My 12th postcard is going to a mother & daughter in Texas, USA. In their profile they said they homeschool and have a dog so I am sending this postcard of a Newfoundland dog with some info on it. Maybe they can make it into a mini lesson. Postage to the USA costs $1.03.

7th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Belarus arrived today after traveling 12 days and 5,678 km. I sent a postcard of a moose and the receiver said they have moose in Belarus but she has never seen one.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sent Postcard #11 - NETHERLANDS


My 11thpostcard is going to a woman in The Netherlands. She said she likes animals so I am sending this postcard with a lot of Canadian animals on it. We don't have all of these animals in Newfoundland though. Postage to The Netherlands costs $1.75.

6th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Germany was registered today. It only took 6 days to get there (that was fast) and traveled a distance of 4,415 km.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Postcard #3 - BELGIUM



I got 2 postcards in the mail today (which is strange because we don't have mail delivery on the weekends, it must have been delivered late yesterday after I had already checked the mailbox). This one is from a woman in Belgium and is of the popular seaside city of Ostend. The card shows a night view and a day view. The sender wrote on the back that it used to be the King's summer residence and there are a lot of old buildings there. She also said she likes to spend weekends there in spite of it being a windy place. Hmmm, sounds a lot like Newfoundland! I'm assuming that's the King on the stamp. It also took 9 days to get here and traveled a distance of 4,017 km.

Postcard #2 - SWEDEN



I got my 2nd postcard in the mail today. It is from a woman in Sweden but the postcard is of a church in York, York Minster. She went there on vacation. When I first looked at the postcard I thought it was a photo of Westminster Abbey in London. The stamp has woodland creatures on it like owls, rabbits and woodpeckers. The cost of the stamp was 12 Kronor which is equivalent to $1.88 Canadian. It took 9 days for the postcard to get here and it traveled a distance of 4,547 km.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sent Postcard #10 - FINLAND


My 10th postcard will be going to a woman in Finland. I am sending this postcard of a Newfoundland dog. Postage to Finland costs $1.75.

5th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to Maryland in the USA was registered today. It took 10 days to get there and traveled a distance of 2,185 km.

Postcard #1 - USA



I got my first postcard from PostCrossing today. It is from a grad student in Texas but the postcard is of spring flowers in Branson, Missouri. It's a very pretty card, as you can see. The stamp is a dog and postage was only 44 cents.....less than half of what it costs to send a postcard from Canada to the USA. It took 9 days to get here and traveled a distance of 4,572 km.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sent Postcard #9 -GERMANY



My 9th postcard is going to a woman in Germany. She likes landscapes so I am sending this postcard of Gros Morne National Park. Postage to Germany costs $1.75.

4th Postcard Registered

The postcard I sent to China was registered today. It took 16 days to get there and traveled a distance of 10,250 km.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Buying Postcards

I bought my first postcards at a nearby dollar store. They were around 65 cents each. I thought I might find some cheaper downtown and I did, around 40 cents and a couple of days later I found some on sale for 25 cents each. They were all good quality postcards, the kind any tourist would buy. But then I found the best deal yet. A store in the mall was selling off all of their Newfoundland souvenirs at 75% off. I bought a ton of postcards for only 19 cents each. That's a great deal! I have enough now to last me for a long while of postcrossing. I scanned them all and made a little collage, here are some of the postcards I will be sending out. Now if only Canada Post would put their stamps on sale!