Hi, I'm Melissa, and I live in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. (I've also lived in Colorado, Sweden, Hungary, and the U.K.). The Pacific Northwest is famous for its temperate rainforest (a rare and beautiful ecosystem), ridiculous number of waterfalls, dramatic seacoast, rainy weather (although summers have become very hot lately), and high density of hipsters. We also have mountains, farms, awesome summer fruit, weird but strangely delicious hipster doughnut flavors, and a lot more.
I love nature (especially insects, plants, and marine invertebrates like octopuses, starfish, sea anemones...), collage journalling, making fancy mail, nature and urban photography, travel, and learning new things. For exercise, I hike and do Irish step dance.
I mostly read SF/fantasy, historical fiction, and nonfiction history and science. Some of my favorite authors are Ann Leckie, Rosemary Sutcliff, Terry Pratchett, and Victor Hugo. I mostly listen to classical and traditional folk music, but a bit of everything, and I love musical theatre and operetta (although opera proper, not as much - I like the idea and cultural history of opera more than most of the music).
I like pretty much all kinds of postcards - tourist, art, sturdy and handmade, vintage coloring postcards (colored or not colored) etc. - and also love interesting stamps. Feel free to tell me a bit about yourself, your day, your pets, your hobbies, your country or town, your favorite unusual word in your language, or the subject of the postcard front - anything you want! I just love postcards and I'm interested in everywhere, from food and history to the details of public transport (I have a LOT of conversations about public transport). Is it a postcard in my mailbox? I will be super happy! I'm on Postcrossing to connect with people from around the world.
I speak a fair bit of Hungarian (although don't have much chance to use it now) and a little German, and would love to practice both more. Please feel free to write in either and let me know if you'd like to do a direct swap in one of those languages (and realize that I will make a lot of mistakes). :-)
You can also find me on Swap-Bot as "wombatlady."