Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2018 11:36 pm


Date Joined: September 13, 2016
Last Online: February 19, 2018

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 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 :)


Comment: Wooh soo interesting! This will make me work!
kimhoay rated for Hello Stranger PC Swap INT Jan 2018 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Hi, Ina! Thank you for the fun postcard and sharing about the different pronunciation of Tupperware. I thought it was very interesting!
ElenaMaz rated for ANIMAL PC # 16 P is for ... on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: I absolutely loved all the elephants included in the pc! :D I was a very nice touch, thanks you so much
Response: I'm happy you liked it so much :) Thank you for your rating!
Mimiadpi rated for Space Postcard Swap INTL #2 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Really nice postage stamps!! Cool! I like the tape one the back too! Thank you for the cool postcard!!
Response: I'm happy you liked it so much, I tried to put as much "space topic" on it as possible :D Thank you for your rating! :)
Evelynswap rated for 19: Handmade envelopes! on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Hallo! Danke sehr für die schöne Umschläge! Ich mag die Atlanten Umschläge so gern, selbst mache ich auch viel Umschläge aus Atlanten. So schön jetzt auch nicht-Niederländische Karte zu bekommen :D Liebe Grüße
Response: Dankeschön für dein Rating! Freut mich, dass dir die Umschläge gefallen und du die gebrauchen kannst :) Ich mag Umschläge mit Karten auch gerne :D Liebe Grüße!
Lina279 rated for Non Dominant Hand PC_Dec on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks!I loved it!
Response: I'm happy you like it, thank you for your rating! :)
Comment: Thank you Ina! Both you and Cindi had made great additions to my story :D It's getting so intriguing!
Response: Thank you, I'm happy you like what we have added to your story! It was really fun doing that :) I'm curious how it will continue :)
LoveThis rated for NH: Space Postcard Swap INTL on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: thankyou very much for the beautiful card :)
Response: Thank you for your rating!
Comment: I love looking at pictures of abandoned places, which makes me want to go there and take my own. I'd think it twice now ;P
Response: :D I hope you have fun continueing! Best wishes and thank you for your rating :)
arembanas rated for ESG: 30 Questions on Dec 1, 2017
Response: Thank you for your rating!
mickeykul rated for ESG: 30 Questions on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you!!!
Response: Thank you for your rating! :)
HappyMom rated for ESG: 30 Questions on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: I loved your insightful answers! Those food services are getting very popular here too, but I've never tried it :)
Response: Thank you very much for your rating and sending me your answers as well, it was interesting reading them :) I probably wouldn't have tried it out as well without a gift voucher, it was fun, although I'd find it too expensive to buy that myself :D
VASaint rated for B&W PCs week 45 on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice card! Love the UNESCO stamp too!
Response: I'm happy you liked it, thank you for your rating! :)
Poohtat rated for Insect PC INTL Swap on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Wow awesome postcard! Thanks.
Response: I'm happy you liked it :) Thank you for your rating!
CindyST rated for Send my postcard back - Week 5 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the awesome postcards you sent me. I will get yours in the mail for you tomorrow :)
Response: Thank you for your rating! I'm happy you liked them :) The postcard arrived today, thank you, a wonderful Christmassy backside :)
armadillogal rated for B&W PCs week 44 on Nov 4, 2017
Comment: Great card and stamps!
Response: I'm happy you liked it :) Thank you for your rating!
USAFwife rated for Private Short Story Swap on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: It's a great picture! Can't wait to get started. :)
Response: Thank you for your rating! I'm curious what for a story you'll write :)
MelbourneGirl rated for Send my postcard back - Week 4 on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: Hello Ina - we received your cute dr who adipose postcard and will be sending it home today. It was so lovely to read your lovely note. Thank-you. <3
Response: Thank you for your rating! And also thank you very much for sending the postcard back with such pretty stamps and a quote from the doctor! Received it today and loved it :) Best wishes!
Comment: Great beginning! I hope I'll do justice to your story in the next round
Response: Thank you for your rating! :) I'm really looking forward to see how you'll continue the story! :)
Comment: WOw! What a great postcard- Thanks so much. I love how your story matched the card. Happy Halloween!
Response: I'm happy you liked the postcard :) I really loved sending the card for the swap, thanks for hosting it, it's a great swap idea! Happy Halloween and thank you for your rating!

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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

Knitsicle on Mar 18, 2017:

Hiya! I got your awesome card today! Thank you so much, I do like the Children's art stamp. :)

WayUpInAlaska on Jan 23, 2017:

Hi Ina! :) wanted to thank you for the awesome hedgehog postcard :) what cute little guys :)

HannahEnilk on Jan 12, 2017:

Hi Ina! Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending me this postcard! I appreciate your detailed explanation of this unusual (to me) German phrase. And I confess I have never spent so much time thinking about sausages, haha! I hope our swapping paths cross again soon! Happy 2017!

Knitsicle on Dec 12, 2016:

Glad you got your first card! I'm sending the second today :)

chaari on Sep 25, 2016:

Herzlich Willkommen in der electronic swaps group! Hoffentlich gefallen dir die swaps ^^ Yay! german power :D

EmilyT on Sep 16, 2016:

Hi, do you ever go down to Koln for the Amphi Festival? Corvus Corax has played there before. They are unique! Not quite my thibg, my husband might have watched their whole ser. We've been going for 8 or 9 years now as a side trip from visiting my in-laws and husband's friends in Belgium. We already bought our Festival tickets for next year and they've arrived; even though we have yet to buy our airplane tickets. But that gives a long time to search for a sale!

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