Hi! I'm Nicky, or shanaqui.
ALL ABOUT ME:
I live in South Yorkshire (with my wife, three bunnies, and many, many books), which is close to where I grew up, but I'm from Wales and miss it very much. I work for Beeminder most of the time, and also help out here at Postcrossing!
I'm also studying for an MSc in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. It's tough work but fascinating.
My hobbies are reading, gaming (mostly playing Final Fantasy XIV at the moment!), crochet, cross-stitch, and sometimes writing. I love reading science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, popular science, archaeology, anthropology, romance, and anything else that catches my fancy. I like to stay curious and try all kinds of things! I write book reviews on breathesbooks.com, and sometimes on the Postcrossing blog.
Hulk (she's in my profile pic!) is our eldest bunny, at around 9 years old, while the "babies" are four-year-old siblings. Hulk's got big opinions, Biscuit's a brave and curious little miss, and Eclair is a fluffy boy who just wants to cuddle. If you ever get a postcard with a nibbled corner... well, blame them.
My wife is Belgian, and we lived there for a while. We got married in Leuven, in 2016, after being together for 11 years. I'm glad to be in the UK, as I don't speak much Dutch at all, but we do miss Belgian chip shops! (Guess you can't fit those on a postcard, though...)
WHAT TO SEND ME:
I don't have really specific postcard preferences: I'd like to receive something you think I'll find interesting based on my profile! Here are some ideas:
- local culture/history (I especially love castles and ruined buildings)
- cute animal postcards (especially hedgehogs, hippos, giraffes and bunnies)
- zoo postcards (my wife and I love visiting zoos!)
- book-related postcards
- anything to do with science (if you can find biology-related postcards, even better!)
- Nijntje (Miffy)
But please choose any postcard you think I'll like!
US MEMBERS: I'd really really really love to receive a card with the commemorative Ursula Le Guin stamp on it! She was very much a hero of mine.
If you like sending extras with your cards, I collect bookmarks, especially free ones from bookshops, libraries, and The Book Depository! It's nice to connect with booklovers all round the world.
If you're not sure what to write, I'd love to know your favourite books or what you're reading at the moment. I also write the monthly writing prompts on Postcrossing's blog, so you could answer those for me!
Diolch yn fawr! (Thank you very much.)