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Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 25 - Norway

I’ve now reached a quarter of the way to my goal!
I love this card, it makes me want to head straight over to Norway and visit the beautiful seaside city, but apparently it was only 0ºC when the card was written, so I might wait until summer!



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 24 - The Netherlands

A cute little Dutch cow and windmill card arrived from Stellendam in The Netherlands



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 23 - France

To help me with my French studies, this one is written bi-lingually



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 22 - The Netherlands

I received this card with about 1 line of writing on it – “I hope you like it.”

Honestly?

Not that much!

I did enjoy receiving it, but it’s not going into my favourites collection.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 21 - USA

This postcard shows a picture of the university where I understand the lady who sent it to me is attending in Cleveland, Ohio.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 20 - Philippines

My first postcard from the Philippines! My friends are always telling me about what a fabulous place it is to visit for a holiday. This card is helping to convince me, it makes me want to disappear into the warm beaches for a few weeks and forget about all my stresses!



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 19 - Germany

Here I ahve received another card from Germany, where the lady who sent it to me has gone to a great length to describe the forest adn location of the photo. Apparently it was part of a local competition where the best photos were converted into a postcard calendar of the Brandenbrg Forest near Berlin.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 18 - Germany

This is a pretty card of a painting, but I’m not too sure what it is. Unfortunately the person who sent it to me has fairly messy handwriting and the poor card got caught in the rain.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 17 - USA

I love this card, Apu is one of my favourite Simpsons characters. I had to giggle when the person who sent me the card went to some lengths to describe the show as though I might never have heard of it before!



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 16 - Denmark

I don’t often receive cards from Denmark. This one says “Morgensol” which I’m guessing means “Morning Sun”. I’m guessing it’s not summer!



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 15 - Poland

I like to guess where the cards are from before looking at the back. With this card I guessed Italy, so it was a surprise to see it was from Poland!



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 14 - Finland

Here I have received a lovely postcard from a man in Finland who claims he lived in my town 40 years ago! My town would have been about 3 streets wide back then, so it was a huge surprise.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 13 - Ukraine

I don’t often receive cards from the Ukraine, so this one was a surprise. The card says it is a picture gallery of I.K Aivazovsky. I was surprised to see how much the building reminded me of some Spanish and Portuguese architecture.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 12 - Belarus

I love the colours in this postcard, it’s not typical of the cards that arrive from Belarus.

This card shows the Svisloch embankment and Kommunisticheskaya Street.



Send & Receive 100 Postcards in 2012 (read all 111 entries…)
Received Nº 11 - Russia

This is my favourite postcard so far. The colours are stunning. Even the stamps on the card are beautiful old portraits.

This card shows the Novodevichy convent in Moscow.



Support Microfinancing (read all 10 entries…)
February - Mongolia

In February I sent a loan through Kiva to a man in Mongolia who wants to purchase more livestock to help expand his business.

I like to try to make one loan each month, varying the types of loans and the countries they are made to.

The family in Pakistan from my 2nd loan (January), have already started making repayments which is ahead of the required time-frames. These type of small details make me feel as though they truly appreciate the assistance that people have made to them from around the world, without knowing them personally.



fix my eyesight (read all 2 entries…)
Swollen optic nerves

I’ve put this goal on hold for a while because my eyeballs have had enough trauma this year already.

I finally discovered that the swollen, squeezy feeling that had been bothering me all year, combined with the dramatic sight reduction, was caused from swollen optic nerves.

Avoiding the horrific details, I’ve had the problem rectified, and now my sight is improving daily. I still have to wear glasses but they don’t bother me so much anymore.

I want to have my vision corrected through laser surgery, but I can’t bear the thought or more doctors, at least not for a long while.



Double my current wages in a year (read all 3 entries…)
Speed Bump

I was doing sooo well. By Febuary I was well and truly on track. I had all of my bills paid, one of my credit cards paid off and even managed to treat myself to some new shoes and a handbag.

Then I got sick. Really sick.

I spent 3 weeks in hospital and can now only work part time. I had to quit my tour guiding job and also my interpreting job, so now Im just down to one part-time job.

I’m not giving up on my goal, but I’m also not going to risk my health. So instead I’m looking at it as a little hurdle, or a speed bump, and in a few months I hope to be healthy enough to work full-time again.



pay off my credit cards (read all 6 entries…)
1 down, 1 to go

I’m finally on top of one card, now I just have the other to pay off.

I am a bit concerned that the one I have paid off is the same one I use for internet purchases. So while I’m debt free there at the moment, I have to be careful of all the little charges I make that tend to build up.

I think I might even set up a direct debt from my savings account to go onto this card each month to cover any possible small charges that I might otherwise forget about.

Just have to keep on top of it all.



read 20 books in 2012 (read all 7 entries…)
3. Eat Right For Your Type

Eat Right for Your Type. By Peter D’Adamo.

I found this book interesting, even though everyone around me said it was a load of rubbish.

The idea is that different blood groups have evolved at different stages of man-kind evolution and migration, while adapting to different environments. This apparently makes some of us adaptable to meat eating or vegetarianism more-so than others.

I haven’t really adopted any of the tips from the book into my lifestyle yet, but I am tempted to give the dietary recommendations for my blood group a try.



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