Hello fellow Postcrossers! My name is Carter. I am a 37 year old male living in Saint Augustine, FL. I have been happily married for over 5 years now!
The town where I live is located in Northeast Florida (On the Atlantic Ocean) and is unique in Florida for having a distinct Spanish atmosphere. It's also one of the oldest cities in the United States and was founded by a conquistador named Pedro Menendez in 1565.
I used to be a competitive swimmer and a professional sailboat racer and tall-ship sailor. I still love all watersports - Spearfishing, sailing, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kite-surfing, ocean kayaking, scuba diving.
I also love world-travel and learning new languages. I am currently studying Japanese and speak Spanish, French and dabble a little bit into the Polynesian languages.
I love to read! Some of my favorite authors are Bill Bryson, J. Maarten Troost and Ron Chernow.
As far as music goes, I love Jimmy Buffett and I am proud to be a huge parrothead!
I also love reggae, reggaeton, dancehall, and Paul Simon. I love Two Cellos, the Piano Guys and Straight No Chaser. I also enjoy Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Dirty Heads, Michael Franti and Spearhead; Israel Kamakowiwo'ole, I love African and Polynesian drums and drum-lines. I enjoy Bruno Mars, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jake Shimabukuro, The Yoshida Brothers and anything that makes you feel good.
I am passionate about Maiko/Geiko (Geisha) and the Hanamachi culture of Japan. I could also talk endlessly about traditional kimono, foreign travel, sea creatures, history, cocktails, beachcombing and tiki bars.
One of my heroes is Duke Kahanamoku. He was a native Hawai'ian, an Olympic swimmer and one of the original Waikiki Beach Boys who lived his life promoting the culture of the Waterman.
My love of sailing led itself to me becoming a boat captain and I was in the industry for over 10 years, both sailing and piloting a passenger ferry. However, been there - done that. I retired from that job to open up a small traditional kimono shop in town selling kimono and other Japanese goods!
If you're looking for things to send I love:
*Anything mentioned above.
*Local foods from your region/town/city.
*All sea creatures. (whale sharks, manta rays/cownose rays, octopus, jellyfish, seahorses, whales, blowfish. .)
*Traditional dress/clothing from your country
*Anything from the kitchy 'tiki' culture
*Please feel free to send any handmade/personal art cards! I love to see the creativity behind everyone out there.
*Please write something in your language (with or without a translation).
**If it's not too much trouble, any trinket from where you live is absolutely welcome and makes Postcrossing that much more special for me! It doesn't matter what it is. A tiny bag of peanuts, a trial bar of soap, a bag of tea, a bus ticket stub, a newspaper/magazine, a sticker, a pin, anything!
Thank you and Happy Postcrossing!