Hi there! My name is Ilse, 41 years old and living in Breda with husband Niels and cat Nussbaum (named after the American philosopher Marta Nussbaum).
I I'm working for various universities - a combination of part time jobs or freelance assignments, doing things like setting up websites, coordinating research projects, and organizing conferences. Last year Emily Wapnick's TED talk "Why some of us don't have one true calling" really resonated with me. If anyone has any reflections to offer on being a multipotentialite / renaissance person / scanner / polymath, I'd be interested.
Some of the things I like doing or am interested in in my free time: gardening, Buddhism & Zen, art house movies, renovating our house, crochet, going to flee markets and second hand shops, colors, stained glass, hiking and cycling, sunny days (autumn/winter always gets me down in the end), spending time with my husband :-) ...
Somewhat to my surprise, after starting with Postcrossing a couple of years ago I found out that I like sending cards even better than receiving them - I'm always eagerly awaiting whose address I will get next, and enjoy trying to find a card that will hopefully suit the person. As for cards I would especially enjoy receiving:
* Cards which are colorful - of any type
(e.g. balloons, rainbow, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, or whatever..)
* Cards which are largely in one color
* Close-ups of flowers or butterflies
* Gardens or landscapes
* Single trees (whether picture or illustration)
* Cards with 'words of wisdom' or some reflection on life
(interestingly, these are often from Germany...)
* 'Keep calm and ...' cards
* Japanese/Chinese/Asian theme (like drawings / art cards, geishas)
* (geometric) patterns / designs
(like the postcards from the box of the Victoria and Abert Museum, or the Marimekko box)
* Stained glass windows
* Books / reading / alphabet
* I generally also love the cards of many of the Tushita postcard books.
My favorites give a good impression of the sort of card I love. But please don't feel bad if you don't have a card matching the list above - being surprised with something else is also nice.
Oh, and black-and-white cards are also much appreciated; Inspired by my husband, who is still into old fashioned analog photography. So there would be two people enjoying a good B&W photo :-) B&W with one colorful accent would also be very nice.
If you don't know what to write, you could perhaps write:
* something about what cheered you up or made you happy today, or in general
* your favorite quote (and why it is your favorite)
* a saying/proverb from your language that you like (with translation / explanation please)
Feel free to write your card in German, French or Spanish - that would give me an opportunity to practice these languages again. I'm currently also taking a class in Japanese.
Thank you so much for your effort and time! Happy postcrossing :-)