Swap-bot Time: July 7, 2020 6:41 pm


Date Joined: September 13, 2016
Last Online: June 18, 2020

Country: Germany


If you read only the bold printed text it kind of summarises the profile. You find all information you may need for a swap within/shortly after the bold printed text. You don't need to read the rest :) However, if you're - like me - interested in the details, the not bold printed part gives you more detailed information about everything.

Hello everyone! :)

Address: Please check if you wrote it correctly, if it is without the word post in it, it's correct!

My name is Ina, I'm from Germany and I got to know this website via postcrossing. As I love sending and receiving snail mail, this seems to be an interesting website, so I created an account :)
I'm a university student and in my free time I like to read, send postcards via postcrossing, cook, eat, sew, visit museum/zoos/... with friends and more. I might not have time for many swaps, but I'll join some from time to time.

If you think something I sent, got lost in the mail, please message me, then I can resend it soon :)

I click "sent" here on swap-bot when I have put everything in the mailbox/brought it to the post office/clicked "send" in an email.

Thank you to you all, I love swapping here!

What I like

A ~ Animals, ASP (music band), Astronomy, Audio/Radio plays

B ~ Books, Ballet, Brazilian food (especially Brigadeiro, a Brazilian chocolate candy), Bonobos

C ~ Chinese food, Chocolate, Chimpanzees, Cnidaria, Clean Space (project by ESA against space debris)

D ~ Dogs, Doctor Who, DLR(=German Aerospace Center), Details

E ~ Eating, Eschbach (German author), Europa (Moon of Jupiter), ESA(=European Space Agency)

F ~ Flying, Fairy Tales, Food

G ~ Gorillas, Getting to know other cultures, Guinea pigs

H ~ Harry Potter Books

I ~ Ice and snow, Insects (just watching them, especially bees, ants, wasps, colourful ones)

J ~ Jokes, Jupiter (planet)

K ~ Kookaburra, Kaninchen (German for rabbit)

L ~ Languages, Letters, everything that Lives (or almost does like a virus)

M ~ Mars (planet), Mercury (planet), Microbiology, Maths

N ~ Neptun (Planet), NASA

O ~ Ocean, Orangutan

P ~ Planets (and their interesting moons), Postcards, Pigs, Physics, Plants, Politics

Q ~ Quokkas

R ~ Reading, Ravens (and corvids)

S ~ Sea, Sewing, Saturn (planet), Sherlock Holmes, Space agencies, Sunny weather, Sims 4

T ~ Tea (mostly green, fruit and interestingly/unusually flavoured tea, but I like anything :)), Titan (Moon of Saturn)

U ~ Uranus (planet)

V ~ Venus (planet), Vampires

W ~ Writing

X ~ Xylitol

Y ~ Yoga

Z ~ Zootopia

There is hardly anything I dislike maybe except for cruelty/intolerance/discrimination/hatred/violence, peas and spiders (because of arachnophobia, I still find they are interesting creatures and like reading about them :) and unusual spiders as postcards are ok)

Favorite Books

Too many to make a complete list with the book titles, as I'm a bookworm (bookworm in German is Bücherwurm, so that's why I have that username ;) ).

Kind of books that I like:

~ non-fiction books about social, science, nature, animal, history topics

~ science fiction books! Especially those that don't invent too much futuristic technology, but more realistic ones

~ crime fiction (if not too violent and with interesting/unusual plots)

~ historical, rather realistic, novels

~ interesting plots/unusual stories/interesting biographies

~ fairy tales from all over the world and fantasy books

I, however, also read other books when they interest me :) (=when they happen to lie around somewhere long enough for me to grab it and start reading the first sentences of it...) The more details and pages the book has, the better. Actually the only books I ever read that I found "satisfyingly detailed" are the Game of Thrones books, however with such many details I would prefer the series to be longer and I anyway stopped reading after the second book as I didn't like the violence/cruelty there. But there are many books with an acceptable amount of details for me fortunately :D

Some of my all time favourite novels:

  • "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  • "The Physicists" and "The Visit" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
  • "The Martian" by Andy Weir
  • "Every Day" by David Levithan
  • "The Physician" by Noah Gordon
  • "Der Schwarm" (The Swarm) by Frank Schätzing
  • Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • all books by Andreas Eschbach (science fiction novels, near future, rather realistic)
  • many books by Agatha Christie
  • many books by Jodi Picoult
  • many books by Sebastian Fitzek
  • some books by Robin Cook
  • some books by Michael Crichton
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud
  • Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

I created a goodreads account now, so there you can find which books I read/liked :) However, I haven't added most crime fiction books, they always seem to be kind of similar to me, so I find it hard to remember which I have read and which I haven't :D I have for example read several books by Lee Child, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Joy Fielding, Mary Higgins-Clark, Mo Hayder, John Grisham, James Patterson, Simon Beckett, John Katzenbach,... and while I usually I find all of them entertaining/nice, usually not good enough to memorize them well. But as I anyway only get them from the library, it doesn't matter if I pick one I already read.

I always love book recommendations or your opinion about a book you read! :) I absolutely don't mind spoilers for long enough books, the opposite :D Spoilers usually increase my interest in a book (except for very short stories under 100 pages and some crime novels, for example Sebastian Fitzek's books). Sometimes I read the wikipedia plot summary of a book before reading it, to not be disturbed by the suspense and the general plot, so that I can enjoy all the details.

Favorite Music

I like quite different music, but especially Irish music, middle age music, rock music, metal (especially symphonic and similar), classic music.

(I am open to any genre, these are just the genres where I like songs from most probable. It's unprobable that I like songs that are usually played in the radio, but there are exceptions.)

Bands I like:

  • ASP
  • die Ärzte
  • Los Hermanos
  • Biquini Cavadão
  • Nightwish
  • Blind Guardian
  • Saltatio Mortis
  • Corvus Corax
  • Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
  • Subway to Sally


However, in general I often prefer listening to radio dramas than to music :)

FavoriteMovies/TV series

I don't watch movies/tv series very often, I prefer reading, but I like comedies, science fiction, some dramas, historical movies, documentaries, ...

To give an impression which movies/series I like here are some examples: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, The Martian, Crash, Eureka, Sherlock, Dr. Who, Fringe, Lucifer, Miranda, Vampire Diaries, Wuthering Heights (1992), Czech fairy tale movies, Der Tatortreiniger, About a Boy, Orphan, Coraline, Cidade de Deus, Amélie... and I have started to watch Star Trek, so far I like it.

Favorite Crafts

I love to write and send postcards and decorate them :) I like washi tape, stickers and choosing nice stamps.
I also especially like to sew. I always liked it, but I just started to sew more since I got a sewing machine recently. I like to crochet, but I just started doing that.And I sometimes like to draw, but I have to be in the right mood for that.

Postcard Preferences

I always like to receive postcards, even those that don't look so nice to me, because I just love mail with notes on it.

For me the most important part of a postcard is the text: I like anything that's more than just "Greetings from..." or more than one sentence. I love lots of text! :)

Don't worry too much about the picture on the front side of the postcard, really anything is quite ok to me, but if you have a variety of postcards to choose from anyway/easy access to postcard shops, here are the types of postcards I especially like:

  • animals, rather wild (maybe from where you live?) than pets, but I like cute pet postcards too (most dogs and guinea pigs :) ), especially the animals mentioned above in the ABC

  • tourist postcards, especially if you can tell a personal story (for example that you liked visiting this museum, because ...or you tell where your city on a map of the region is, ...), as I would love to read experiences in other cities, that's almost like travelling :)

  • nature/plant postcards with nature from your region/country/holiday country

  • old postcards: anything older than some years, maybe 20 or 30 years or even older? A postcard you found somewhere and that was forgotten for years or from an old collection. Really any front side/kind is fine, nature, animals, ad cards, political campaign cards, ...

  • black & white postcards, especially old city views, old everyday photos of normal people, but just pretty ones and those with just one object coloured are nice, too

  • space postcards: especially with planets or moons, science fiction or real ones

  • interesting ad cards: local, regional ad cards, maybe from libraries, museums, restaurants (if it's a chain, please not from a big one!), local (grocery?) stores, local projects, local political campaigns (please comment neutral in that case, just descriptively on the backside :) ), but please rather NOT ad cards from international companies/for international products!

  • postcards from local artists/with local art

  • funny/unusual/unique/handmade postcards

  • beautiful postcards :) Interestingly people on postcrossing who request just "beautiful postcards" actually get mostly "beautiful postcards" in my opinion, so a "beautiful postcard", seems to mean a very similar kind of postcard to most people :D

  • colourful postcards with bright colours

  • Peanuts, my boyfriend likes them :)

  • just any postcard you want to sent: I'm sure you don't really buy/make postcards that you think are ugly, so it's not super probable that I would dislike them. Surprise me :)

I like all Christmas cards around Christmas time, send what you like :) (if you by chance have a snowman card though, I'd love to receive it, but I'm looking forward to any card you choose!) I would love to get to know your Christmas traditions :)


I'm just not super fond of receiving quote postcards (on the front side, quotes on the back side are ok), of course that depends on the postcard, some I like, others not, but I rather don't like the majority of them so much. So, if you have another card you think I could like, just please rather send that one and save the quote postcard for another swapper :) Except for that, everything is welcome :)

I prefer postcards without an envelope, but if you think an envelope would be better to protect it (especially for handmade/unusual postcards that might get severely damaged in the mail)/pay lower postage (if it's an unusual shape)/want to write more on the backside/the swap requires it/..., you can also send it with an envelope, that's totally ok, too :)

Stamps: I don't really collect them, I just like that I can also decorate the space where the stamps are, by choosing nicer than the standard ones ;D For me stamps are just an extra sticker on the postcard. If you're from the USA: I would really love the Mars, Earth, Mercury and Venus stamps or the new bioluminescent ones :) (or any space related stamp, I also like the global forever ones showing the earth and the moon)

My address: It's written correctly here on Swap-Bot and there does not appear the word post in it.

Text suggestions

If you don't know what to write, don't worry, I love to read really anything, no matter how random.

You could for example write about

  • what is most important to you
  • what you would choose if you had three wishes (except for more wishes :D)
  • what you see when you look out of your window
  • what you have eaten today
  • what you've planned for today
  • introduce you
  • which term you'd use to/how would you describe your ethical values
  • what Christmas/other holidays family traditions you have
  • if you have a religious belief (if it's not too personal I'd love to know, if yes why, if no why not :))
  • what you hope humanity will be like in 500 years (and how you think it could be made possible)
  • what are your favourite dishes
  • what you always wanted as a child and maybe if you still want it
  • what your profession is and if you like it
  • if you would go to a one-way-mission to Mars and under which circumstances you would change your opinion
  • where/how you found this postcard
  • something about your family's history (where they where 100 years ago or anything you want to share)

I love to read really anything :)

I always love to get to know reasons, like for example why it is your favourite dish :) And I rather like details than general information. You might have noticed, I love hypothetical answers to hypothetical questions, feel free to be creative when inventing a question :D

I also love to get to know different recipes with all ingredients except peas (or not so many peas at least :D). Especially family recipes, typical recipes from your region and vegetarian/vegan main dish recipes would be great :)

Feel free to write to me in English, German or Portuguese and maybe Spanish (you can try Spanish, I'd love that, but I can't promise to understand it completely :D). Or in any other language you know (but in that case with a translation please :)). I love to read different languages :)


USAFwife rated for R&W EMAIL In April I read ... on May 4, 2020
Comment: Looks like you found a few really good ones last month. :) I have the audio of Carmilla, I think it's narrated by David Tennent, but haven't tried it yet. Maybe I should put it higher on my list! :) Thanks for sharing your reading list. I hope you are doing well. :)
Comment: Thank you Ina for your list! It was very interesting, and I enjoyed reading your comments on these authors. Some of them are new to me, some others I knew, but haven't read anything from them yet (North and South has been on my radar for a while) and a couple were in my own list =) [Oh, and never mind the typo, I probably wouldn't have noticed] [Also, I always liked the German HP covers so much! thank you for the pictures, I don't think I had seen the ones of the last books before!]
ioana rated for R&W EMAIL In March I read ... on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for taking the time to send a detailed e-swap. I might look up those radio mysteries on Spotify, just for fun! You read a lot in a month! Have a good reading month and much health to you!
USAFwife rated for TBR: Read a classic with me on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: I'm sorry you didn't get to finish the book, but it sounds like you did enjoy it. I hope you are able to finish it soon and continue to enjoy it. :)
USAFwife rated for R&W In July & August I read ... on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a great swap. I enjoyed reading it. :)
Bucket rated for TBR: August Update! on Sep 9, 2019
Comment: Amazing progress!
USAFwife rated for TBR: August Update! on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: You read so much in August! :) Looks like you have a good list to yet to read as well - I recognize some of those titles and authors. :) I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy The Lightening Thief - that series is one of our very favorites, like our family's Harry Potter, I suppose. Admittedly, I listened to the books along with my kids when they were much younger, and that was probably a big factor for me. Thanks for sharing your lists with me. :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: August Update! on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Hi Ina, thank you for sharing your list and reflections.
Kokoxo rated for That's a good question on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your detailed answers! I will definitely have to check out the Chernobyl series, looks very interesting :) Happy swapping ~! xoxo
kayos rated for That's a good question on Sep 2, 2019
Comment: I loved your open and honest answers to all of my questions. I want a dog one day too! Hopefully one day we'll both have them.
cauchy81sk rated for R&W: In February I read ... on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Wow, the three investigators! That's something I loved as a child and found some cool books also some years ago. But in general I prefer the old stories - Stuttering parrot, Fiery eye, Screaming clock, ... As for the stories from your list, I think I've seen the dangerou barrels also in Slovak translation.
fiorellaione rated for R&W: In February I read ... on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: That series reminded me of one I used to read when I was a kid, but in that case were three girls solving the crimes. Seems like you had a lot of fun this month :D Thank you for your reviews!
Response: Actually, some years ago their book publisher decided to also launch a similiar series with three girls (who know the other series as books and want to become detectives like them) :D But that probably is not the series you mean, I think it's very new and just in German. But I can imagine your series would be fun to read as well :) Thank you for your rating!
Drachenfrau rated for R&W: In February I read ... on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: Wir hören auch fast jeden Abend Hörspiele. Meistens Harry Potter. :D
Response: Meinst du die Hörbücher von Rufus Beck? Die fand ich wirklich gut zum Anhören :) Jeder klingt irgendwie unterschiedlich und ich kann bei denen relativ konzentriert zuhören. Danke für dein Rating :)
USAFwife rated for R&W: In February I read ... on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: So glad you were able to participate in the swap, and get a bit of relaxation with radio dramas. :) The series sounds interesting. :)
Response: Thank you for your rating and you hosting the swap! :) It was fun as always reading all the reviews.
fiorellaione rated for R&W: In January I read ... on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: I had very similar thoughts about Carry On! But then, I also think that going through all the previous years would ended up being too "Harry Potter-y", and this way moved the plot forward to whatever will happen in the years after school, which I thinkis the age spectre the author writes best. But yes, the flashbacks were mostly too annoying xD Thank you for your reviews! I always enjoy reading your thorough opinions :)
Response: Yes, that is true, I also think it might have been a good decision, to skip all those school years, it is just a pity that it means less books in that series, because those years are already excluded :D But I'm really looking forward to the second book. Thank you for your rating! :)
cauchy81sk rated for R&W: In January I read ... on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: I really loved reading your e-mail and I hope we'll meet in some similar swap again! :)
Response: Thank you very much for your rating! :) I'm happy you liked the swap! Yes, I'm looking forward to that as well :) Best wishes!
jenmcjen rated for R&W: In January I read ... on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: You have changed my entire life. I still have to check, but if the US also has books on Spotify, wow. Game changer. And I think you write the BEST summaries/ reviews/ analyses! You make me want to read every book on your list. But like I said, give Anne Rice a chance. It only gets better. Also, if you're like me, your mind gets used to her style. For certain writers, I have to get my head in their space, prepared to hear their voice. Dickens is like that for me, and also Anne Rice, and some others. Let me know if you read future Vampire Chronicles and what you think. I'd love to discuss. Thanks so much for sharing!
Response: Thank you very much for your rating! :) I'm glad I could help you with discovering books on spotify :) I hope you can also find great books there. Yes, I'll definitely read more books by her, this one certainly was not that bad :D And I think I could like her other books :) Best wishes!
USAFwife rated for R&W: In January I read ... on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: It looks like you got to do a lot of reading this month! :) That's great. :) And about the US paper backs - I've noticed that too. Obviously I usually only get US books, but every once in a while I'll get a book from the UK, and a few times, other countries. I was surprised at the formatting of the pages and the quality of the paper and covers, too. Doesn't seem like it would make a difference, but it does, huh?
Response: Thank you also for this other swap :) Yes, fortunately more than I thought I could :D Yes, I was really positively surprised as well how different the formats can be. I wish I had known of this format before, but now I'll always check which one to buy :D
USAFwife rated for R&W: January Book Bingo on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: Oh! I love how you presented this! I may have to borrow your idea for Feb. :) I haven't read "Blood Sinister" by Rees yet, but have read some of her others. I may have to go look for it. :) Thanks so much for the swap. :)
Response: thank you very much for your rating and hosting the swap, it was really fun! :) If you like other books by her, I suppose you would like that one as well, it may not be her best book, but it was certainly nice to read :) Best wishes!
Tinne rated for R&W Dec challenge, snail mail on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the reviews! I watched Divergent but never really felt like reading the books. I am not a big fan of dystopians in general and the movie reminded me of that fact, haha. The Red Queen sounds interesting though. I'll see if I can find it for my kindle. P.S. I love the Felix paper and card.

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jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


USAFwife on Dec 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for the cute holiday card, and the handmade map envelopes! It was such a special envelope to receive, and I loved the stamps as well! You're a dear, and I'm so happy to know you. :) (Hugs)

Drachenfrau on Jun 6, 2018:

Huhu Ina,

bin gerade über dein Profil gestolpert und habe es gelesen. :-) Wenn du Lust hast, ich hoste einen Harry Potter letter-swap. Vielleicht ist das was fuer dich?

Liebe Gruesse und happy swapping!


USAFwife on Mar 13, 2018:

Thank you so much for the space postcard to my daughter! She loved it & the surprise mail. :) Very sweet of you!

wombatlady on Feb 25, 2018:

Hi! Did you receive my second space postcard (in German) or should I send another? :-)

wombatlady on Jan 2, 2018:

Danke! Ich habe die Karte heute erhalten! Ich werde schreiben zurück. (zurückschreiben?? I am not sure...)

taxcha on Nov 23, 2017:

I received my card back today :D (for week 5) Thank you very much.

kathiann on Nov 7, 2017:

I got my postcard back today! Thank you for sending it!

athousandyears on Aug 5, 2017:


We hope everything is going well and that you're fine.


Andrea and Serena

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