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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,
Tash

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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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