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Postcard number: 032
Bought in: Oxford
Sent to: Hangyu in South Korea
Written: 3 April 2010
Sent: 5 April 2010

Front of postcard 032: Christ Church, Oxford

Back of postcard 032: Christ Church, Oxford

Text says:

3 April 2010, London UK

Dear Hangyu,

I bought this postcard back in 2007. My husband and I had Oxford for a conference, and stayed an extra day to look around the city. Unfortunately, it was a Sunday and most of the buildings were closed to the public. However, we did spend some time in Christ’s College (oops, got the name wrong, it’s actually Christ Church, Christ’s College is in Cambridge) . Some of the scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot in the dark corridors here. I would’ve loved to done my degree in a place like this – or in Cambridge which is one of my favourite towns in the UK.

Today we met up with some friends to watch the annual Cambridge vs Oxford boat race on the River Thames. We watched the start of the race from the water’s edge, then moved to a park where we could watch the rest of it on a huge television screen. There were hundreds of people around us and it was difficult to see at times (I’m too short!), but I cheered along with the crowds as Cambridge’s team overtook the Oxford’s and went on to win.

Tash

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Postcard number: 024
Bought in: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Sent to: Alicia in South Korea
Written: 14 March 2010
Sent: 18 March 2010

Front of postcard 024: Newcastle, United Kingdom

Back of postcard 024: Newcastle, United Kingdom

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14 March 2010, Newcastle UK

Dear Alicia,

Tonight my husband and I are in Newcastle, in the north of England.  I’ve been here a couple of times before for work events so we didn’t worry too much about sightseeing this afternoon.  Instead we wandered up Grey Street and found a T. K. Maxx store (one of a chain of discount fashion outlets) where we bought a handbag and a pair of sneakers for me, and jeans and a belt for him.  Then it was almost 5pm.  The shops were closing but I still wanted to buy a postcard to sent to you.  The bookshop in the centre of town, WH Smith, wouldn’t let me in and their branch at the train station didn’t sell postcards.  I finally found this one at a convenience store.  We’ve just got back from a lovely Italian dinner and a walk along the river.  The lights on the bridges and buildings were beautiful.

Best wishes,
Tash

PS: I bought these fish stickers during our trip to Korea last year.  It’s good to see a few of them returning ‘home’!

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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,
Tash

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