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Postcard number: 53
Bought in: Cambridge, UK
Sent to: Kotona in Japan
Written: 27 March 2012
Sent: 28 March 2012

Back of postcard 53: CambridgeText says:

27 March 2012, London UK

Dear Kotona,

Konban wa! I found this Cambridge postcard in my Postcardia box tonight, and thought it needed a new home in Japan. Cambridge is one of my favourite English cities. It’s the sort of place that I’d like to live in for a while – particularly if my home was one of the beautiful Cambridge University colleges!

My husband and I visited Cambridge in September 2007, for our first wedding anniversary. It was a lovely weekend, staying in a B&B, strolling through the city and punting along the River Cam. My husband had a go at steering our punt, but I preferred to just watch. I’m so uncoordinated, and I just knew I’d fall into the water if I stood on the back of our boat.

The mathematical bridge on this postcard is designed to be self-supporting. One of the legends of Cambridge University is that students took it apart and couldn’t put it back together correctly, which is why there are bolts – but apparently the bolts were there in the original as well.

Hope this postcard finds you well.
Sayonara, Tash

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Postcard number: 037
Bought at: Carlisle Castle, United Kingdom
Sent to: Yoshimi in Japan
Written and sent: 13 April 2010

Front of postcard 037: Carlisle Castle, United Kingdom

Back of postcard 037: Carlisle Castle, United Kingdom

Text says:

13 April 2010, London UK

Dear Yoshimi,

Warm greetings from London!  I bought this postcard last month on a trip to Norther England with my husband and two of our friends.  We drove to Carlisle on the Saturday morning and our first stop was the Castle.  Perhaps due to the fact that it’s so close to the border between England and Scotland, Carlisle Castle was an active fortress for centuries – Mary Queen of Scots was even imprisoned here in 1568.

Today it’s a tourist attraction, owned by English Heritage, with lots of displays and models showing the history of the castle and the town.  We climbed the stairs to the castle walls (where a sudden gust of wind blew our tickets over the side and down to the moat below – oops!) and also went down into the dark basement where prisoners used to lick the stone walls for moisture.  Luckily we didn’t have to do that – there was a cafe across the road where we had tea and cakes instead.

Another highlight of Carlisle was Bookcase: quite possibly the best secondhand bookshop I’ve been to in the UK, with room after room and floor after floor of books – a real treat for a bookworm like me!

Sayonara,
Tash

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