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)

A Postcard from Hong Kong

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Dear Sandra,

Hi and greetings from Hong Kong! I have never come across someone who asks about marriage and dating customs. HK has both Chinese traditional values and Western beliefs, so if you ask marriage here, it’d be kind of in-between. 

People are serious about relationships but also can tolerate divorce and other acts more commonly seen in the west. People also get married rather late here, usually after 30.

-Frances

Distance travelled: 5,862 miles (9,433 kilometers)

A Postcard from Canada

Here’s a little story from Toronto, Canada.

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“I’m happy to tell you how I met my wife. It was in Vancouver, where I was getting my master’s degree at the University of British Colombia. I was riding a bus to campus and a woman got on a few stops after I did. She sat down behind me and started reading a book in German. I speak German, so I started talking to her. We hit it off, and the rest is history. That was in 2003. We’re now married and living in Toronto.”

Distance traveled: 2,179 miles

A Postcard from Poland

Here’s a cute story from Poland:

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Hello Sandra!

My name is Agnieszka. I live in Poland. My first very important date was ages ago – in February ’85. In Poland there was a winter with a lot of frost (2° F) and snow then. We met in the ruins of the old castle and we kissed, ignoring the frost.

3.5 years later we got married in the monastery shown on this postcard. When we left the church, people were throwing coins for good luck. You have to collect them all, but I didn’t even notice them. 

So maybe I’m not very rich, but I’m still happy with the same man 🙂

Total distance traveled: 11,042 miles (17,770 kms)

A few more postcards

Continuing on with our series of postcards, here are a few more for the week.

Given the topic of this blog, it might come as a surprise that I don’t usually enjoy things that are overly sentimental or romantic, but even I thought this card from Germany was adorable:

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This postcard from Estonia is of the logo used in 2011, when Tallinn was the European capital of culture. I tried to find out why they chose this particular logo, but haven’t discovered anything yet.

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This card from the UK shared a short story:

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“My best date was the second date with my husband. We went to an REM concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Amazing night, amazing guy…. I married him! x”

Postcard of the week

Here’s another from Australia:

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Hello Sandra,

I am very much for marriage :). As the years have passed, I have watched many people do their family trees and put family reunions together and I think in another 20-40 years there are going to be many disappointed people because they can’t track parents and grandparents, let alone further back.

I was a lucky one, found my life partner and never looked back :), 30 years this year.

Problems are easy to work out if you both have respect for each other and a determination to remember why you got married in the first place. I can only hope the same for our kids 🙂

Happy Postcrossing,
Gaye

Distance travelled: 1,537 miles (2,473 kms)

A Valentine’s Day Postcard

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Japan has a slightly different approach to Valentine’s Day:

Hello Sandra,

I’m Junko from Japan. I love animals, walking, nature, traveling, tea & coffee, my lovely cats.

On Valentine’s Day, it’s common for Japanese women to give chocolates to men. Women are encouraged to express love to men by giving chocolates and other gifts.

Best wishes to all of you,

Junko ❤

Distance travelled: 5,765 miles (9,278 kms)