Three tiny postcards from Italy

I received these three tiny postcards in a tiny envelope from Italy (quarter-sized coin included for scale). They’re my favorites of this whole postcard project. Read on:

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I am so happy to write you! In Italy dating is so warm and sweet! You see many people kissing, hugging and flowers are often a nice gift. I’m going to marry my bf (secret <3) in June, hopefully. Our first date: he gave me a small sunflower… I guessed it was not only a friendly date, but a love date. I was so happy! I was 15 years old, he was 18. Now I’m 27, he is 30! We live together and we have a cat!

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Often lovers are like that, in parks cuddling. We usually have dinner out and the man pays. It is common to go to the cinema and kiss in the dark :), walking together hand in hand and hugging. We were dating 1 week and then we decided to be engaged <3. It has been almost 12 years so we would like to marry on the same day as our first date!

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Marriage: Commonly the wife is going with her dad and husband with his mother. She goes in a nice old car. We want to do a very private ceremony, maybe only the two of us and two witnessess. My dad died when I was 17, so it would be too sad without him at the “real” ceremony. We’d like the ceremony in the cityhall. The ceremony with parents is so stressfull…

Distance Traveled: 11,736 miles (18,887 kilometers)

A postcard from Belarus

This card shares an interesting summer tradition:

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Hello Sandra!

I’m Rostislav. I am 12 years old and I’m from Minsk, Belarus.

On the holiday of the Slavic traditions of Ivan Kupala on the night of 6 to 7 July, girls floated wreaths on the river. If the girl floated a single wreath and it quickly floated down the river, this meant an early marriage.

Distance travelled: 10,700 miles (17,220 kms)

 

A Postcard from Taiwan

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Greeting from Taiwan!

I’m Yu-Han. Traditional Taiwanese wedding customs include marriage preparation such as sending betrothal gifts to the bride, selecting an auspicious wedding date, compiling a guest list and picking up cookies and invitations. 

On the day of the wedding, the bridegroom drives to the bride’s parents and offers tea to parents and receives their red envelopes. Before leaving bride’s home, bride’s mother will pour out a basin of water and bride will toss a fan. Those mean the bride is no longer a member of her original family. 

Coming to the bridegroom’s house, the bridesmaid will hold a circular rice filter above the bride’s head and the bride will step on the tile and crush it, which means eradication of past evils.

Yu-Han

Distance travelled: 5,679 miles (9,139 kms)

A postcard from Moscow

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Dear Sandra,

My name is Marina and I am from Moscow, Russia. I’ll tell you about my unusual and unforgettable date. It was four years ago, when I was a first course student. My friends and I went for the first time to Sain Petersburg. One evening my groupmate offered me to go to the cinema. We left our other friends and went there. (It was about 8 pm) But on our way we disputed and swore.

I decided to turn and go to the hotel. The city was really unfamiliar to me and it took me a lot of time to find my way. And after 1 hour of wandering, I ran into my guy who also was lost. We considered this situation to be good fortune and since then have never left each other.

Happy postcrossing!

Love,
Marina

Distance Travelled: 8,320 miles (13,390 kms)

Another Postcard from Russia

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Hello Sandra!

Unfortunately, I’ve never been on a date so I can’t share my experience. But if I could imagine ‘the perfect date’ then it would go like this: watching favorite movies, eating some junk food and laughing a lot. Don’t think that I would experience something like that ever in my life.

Also, hope you’ll like the postcard 🙂 Have a wonderful time!

Masha

Distance travelled: 10,282 miles (16547 kilometers)

A postcard from Germany

Iris shares a relatable experience, while claiming to have bad English:

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My name is Iris and I’m 18 years old. I would like to tell you about a date last November. It was well caught, but a happy ending did not exist. We had breakfast together (he has naturally invited me) and then he and I have a very nice conversation with his mother (he still lives at home. I also). Then we go into his room and have set ourselve on the couch and watched a season of “The Walking Dead”.

Everything was wonderful, but then a few days later, he was strange to me and then that was over with us…It was a nice date, although there was no happy ending…

PS: Sorry for my bad English, but I hope you understand what I would like to say 🙂

Best wishes,
Iris

Distance travelled: 11,269 miles (18,136 kms)

A Postcard from Russia

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Hello Sandra!

I’m a 21 year old student from Kazan, Russia. 

Well, as you might know, Russia is a traditional patriarchal country, which personally I like. Here a guy/man is supposed to ask a girl/woman out for the first date and he is supposed to pay for her on the first date.

Many boyfriends tend to behave jealously. I don’t like it, but many girls/women put up with it, though it depends, of course. Not everyone is jealous/compliant that much.

Distance travelled: 9,836 miles (15,829 kilometers)