Posts Tagged ‘backstory’

Postcard number: 045
Bought in: Waitakere City, New Zealand
Sent to: Maryna in Ukraine
Written and sent: 1 February 2012

Front of postcard 045: Waitakere Ranges

Back of postcard 045: Waitakere Ranges

Text says:

1 February 2012

Dear Maryna,

This is the first postcard that I’ve sent for my Postcardia project in about a year and a half, so I thought it was only appropriate to choose one from New Zealand. After all, New Zealand is home for me. I grew up in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges shown on this postcard, and spent many a weekend afternoon as a child going on walks through the native bush with my family. Back then, I was more focused on how much my feet hurt and the fact that I would’ve rather been at home reading a book – but whenever I’m back in New Zealand now, I’m struck by how beautiful the Waitakere Ranges are, how quiet and calm.

We spent two weeks in New Zealand in January this year and during that time, my parents took us to a new walking/bike track in the Waitakeres that has just been opened.  We walked along with my one-year-old in the baby backpack, pointing out the birds and trees, the waterfalls and bridges. I’m sure it’s the first of many Waitakere walks that we’ll do with her in the years to come!

Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

All the best,

This is the first postcard I’ve written for the Postcardia project since the birth of my daughter. She’s now one, and into everything. I left this postcard on the couch while I went into the kitchen for a couple of minutes. When I came back, it was in her hands, folded in half, and heading towards her mouth!


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Postcard number: 034
Shows: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Sent to: Bonnie Jeanne in America
Written: 7 April 2010
Sent: 8 April 2010

Note: This card is part of Bonnie Jeanne’s Orphaned Postcard Project.

Front of postcard 034: Tongariro National Park

Back of postcard 034: Tongariro National Park

Text says:

7 April 2010, London UK

Dear Bonnie Jeanne,

Tongariro National Park is about half a day’s drive from Auckland, where I grew up. At various times in my younger years, I skied (badly) on Ruapehu, and one memorable Duke of Edinburgh hike when I was about 15, I had my first asthma attack in the hills of the park.

It was a 3 or 4 day hike, I think; there were a group of us girls, with backpacks that were almost half our size, and a couple of teachers from school. We were carrying tents, though we slept in the huts. The trail took us high above sea level and despite it being almost summer it was really cold – and so, on the second day, not that long into the morning’s walking, my lungs started complaining. I started breathing heavily, I couldn’t keep up with the other girls, and I had to stop every hundred metres (or so it felt at the time!) Being 15, my primary concern was the embarrassment of it all, whereas my teachers were concerned I might have to be airlifted off the mountain.

After a very long day, we made it to the hut, where luckily a doctor was also spending the night. I was given a few puffs of someone else’s inhaler, split up the contents of my backpack amongst the others, and slowly made it through the rest of the hike. The scenery was absolutely beautiful though… and that’s probably my best story about Tongariro National Park.

Best wishes,

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Postcard number: 033
Bought at: Eureka Tower, Melbourne, Australia
Sent to: Sabrina in Finland
Written and sent: 5 April 2010

Front of postcard 033: Southern Hemisphere Towers

Back of postcard 033: Southern Hemisphere Towers

Text says:

5 April 2010, London UK

Dear Sabrina,

I bought this postcard at Eureka Tower in Melbourne this time last year – but what I really want to write about today is the tower on the right hand-side of the front of the card: the Sky Tower in my home city of Auckland, New Zealand. The Sky Tower, and its accompanying Sky City Casino, was built while I was at high school, and opened in 1997 to mixed reviews. It played a significant part of my young adult life, being the venue for several dates and important dinners, and a place where we’d often take overseas guests. There are glass sections in the floor of the observation deck, where you can look straight down to the street – and the more adventurous visitor can even jump off the side of the tower, attached to a wire (I never have!).

I actually lived across the road from the Sky Tower for a year or so while I was at university – and the lights from the tower would light up my bedroom as well. You can see the Sky Tower from many of the suburbs of Auckland. It’s not the most beautiful landmark perhaps, but it was iconic for the nearest city to where I grew up, and I miss the horizon that it’s a part of now that I’m living in the UK.

Best wishes,

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Postcard number: 031
Bought in: London, UK
Sent to: Natasha in Russia
Written: 31 March 2010
Sent: 1 April 2010

Front of postcard 031: London Eye

Back of postcard 031: London Eye

Text says:

31 March 2010, London UK

Dear Natasha,

Greetings from London! This postcard shows one of the best known/most photographed modern landmarks of this city: the London Eye. On normal nights the Eye is usually lit up by various coloured lights, but on New Year’s Eve it’s lit up by a fireworks display. I remember, in 2000, watching the London millennium fireworks from a TV in New Zealand – it was already half a day into the new century for us.

At the end of 2007, we wanted to see the London fireworks for ourselves. We got into the city early on New Year’s Eve, slowly walked down The Strand amongst the crowd of thousands and eventually found a spot on the Embankment with a good view of the London Eye. Or at least it was a good view until midnight, when they let the first fireworks off. It was so cold that the smoke from the fireworks mixed with the fog over the river and soon we couldn’t see anything at all! We probably would’ve got a better view on TV, but I was glad to be out, with so many people, celebrating the potential of the coming year.

I hope this year’s been good to you so far. It’s hard to believe three months are gone already!

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Postcard number: 025
Bought at: The Globe, London
Sent to: Tanja in Germany
Written: 17 March 2010
Sent: 18 March 2010

Front of postcard 025: The Globe, London

Back of postcard 025: The Globe, London

Text says:

17 March 2010, London UK

Dear Tanja,

I used to love the theatre when I was at high school: performing plays, reading texts, playing impromptu theatre games, singing in the choir, helping backstage, doing the lighting and so on.  These days I don’t have the time – or indeed the talent – to be a performer, but being here in London has definitely rekindled my love for the stage.  The Globe, shown on this postcard, is one of my favourite theatres, and my husband and I have recently booked our tickets for this year’s Globe season.  However, what’s amazing about this city is the variety it offers.  There’s not only Shakespeare at the Globe, there are also musicals such as Oliver and Avenue Q to see in the West End and open air theatre at Regent’s Park, comedians performing live at the Hammersmith Apollo or recording their shows in front of a live audience at the BBC’s Broadcastign House, as well as more serious plays.  We often get cheap, last minute tickets and have to sit right at the back, but it’s still great to see so many different shows!

I hope receiving this postcard has made you smile a little today,

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Postcard number: 019
Bought at: Keukenhof, Holland
Sent to: Beatriz in Spain
Written and sent: 6 March 2010

Front of postcard 019: Keukenhof, Holland

Back of postcard 019: Keukenhof, Holland

Text says:

Dear Beatriz,

Until my wedding in September 2006, I’d never paid that much attention to flowers… although I’d always loved the white plum blossom which covered the trees on the orchard where I grew up.  In fact that was one of the reasons why I wanted to get married in Spring, and the blossom made a wonderful backdrop to our wedding pictures. Our guests also threw handfuls of blossom as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. However, beautiful as blossom is, it was never going to work for the bouquets, so I browsed around the internet for awhile and decided that I quite liked tulips.  So that’s what we had: tulips and white roses and chocolate-coloured flax.

Anyway, what this story is leading to is our trip to Holland in 2008.  My parents had told me about the ‘fields of colour’ they had seen by the roadside during their own trip there in the 1970s.  Unfortunately we were slightly too early to see the same thing – in fact even though it was Easter-time it was snowing!  However, we did go to the place on this postcard: the Keukenhof garden where I got to see as many varieties of tulips as I perhaps would ever want to in one lifetime, along with many other Spring blooms, windmills and some interesting outdoor art..  We took lots of photos of flowers, posed next to statues and wandered the paths through the tulips until it was time to return to the tour bus and head off somewhere else…

I hope you have a wonderful Spring over there in Spain,

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Postcard number: 014
Bought in: South, South Korea
Sent to: Elisabeth in Spain
Written: 28 February 2010
Sent: 1 March 2010

Front of postcard 014: Seoul Tower

Back of postcard 014: Seoul Tower

Text says:

28 February 2010, London UK

Dear Elisabeth,

As 2002 began, I was in South Korea, teaching English at a six week language camp for Korean school children; sleeping on raised heated platforms; existing on a diet of rice, tomato sauce, kimchi and red-bean ice-creams.  It was my first time in a non-English speaking country and an experience I’ll never forget!  Last year, on our way home to New Zealand and Australia, my husband and I stopped off in Korea for a couple of days.  This time I stayed in a hotel near Incheon Airport and caught one of the super fast and sophisticated commuter trains daily into Seoul.  Seoul’s a fascinating mix of the old and new, office blocks and palaces, people in army and school uniforms, department stores and markets which seemed to sell almost everything (including lots of cute stationery sets and stickers).  From the top of Seoul Tower, shown on this postcard, the city seemed to stretch out to the horizon and the distant mountains.  New Zealand seemed very small and green after a view like that! 

Wishing you all the very best,

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