Swap-bot Time: April 3, 2020 3:58 pm


Date Joined: July 10, 2008
Last Online: March 28, 2020

Country: Slovakia


My name's Beata and I'm from Slovakia, a nice little country in Central Europe. Nice to meet you!

For postcards swaps

  • Postcards related to any of my interests below are welcomed, as well as postcards showing something from your country. Or other nice cards - there are so many of them, aren't there? ;) Just don't send nude or offensive postcards.

  • Please date the card and especially - write something on the postcard; a nice message makes the postcard unique! :)

  • If you have access to them, please use nice stamps, they are small pieces of art! :)

  • If your native language is any Slavic language or Italian, I'll be happy to receive the card written in your language. I know a little Latin, and if you do too, it would be fun to exchange cards written in Latin.

About me: My faith

Christian Catholic. So grateful for that!

About me: My work

Super geeky - maths! Teaching and research.

I was amazed when I found picture - it shows exactly some of the maths that I'm teaching!

About me: Books

Most of the time I read books about my faith and children books. Lately, I started reading also more classics.

About my faith:

  • The Bible, also the explanations and meditations based on it
  • Biographies of the saints, I find them very inspiring
  • And lately, I am getting more also into reading books written BY the saints.

I also love classical paintings on the above topics.

Children books - some favourite authors:

  • Enid Blyton
  • Jules Verne
  • Karl May (about Winnetou and Old Shatterhand)
  • Zbiegniew Nienacki
  • Jaroslav Foglar
  • Miloš Zapletal
  • Michael Bond (Paddington bear)
  • many particular Slovak books by different authors

Other bookish notes

  • I have a book blog (in Slovak language)
  • I volunteer in the parish libary
  • I am going to start keeping a reader journal now in September

About me: Music

My favourite genres are classical music and Gregorian chants.

About me: Other

  • I'm writing for the parish magazine (it's published just two times a year, so it's no big work... still I'm happy I'm there)
    • Watching a DVD once in a while (usually an old cartoon which I know since my childhood)
    • Taking photos
    • Playing the piano
    • I'm organizing my tasks in a planner more or less of a bullet journal style (not that artistic as those online, but I like decorating pages with lists which I'll be using for a longer time)
    • Making collages or junk journals (although I don't like that name, haha)
    • Reading magazines (what I'm subscribing to: a couple of Catholic ones, then nature & places in Slovakia and one about computers)

Looking for penpals

Only female:

  • Regular snail mail letters
  • Short letters written on notecards

I am often decorating my letters but I don't want it to be a must in our correspondence. I like sending something small with the letter sometimes (some stickers or something like that), but what I'm looking for, is a conversation and friendly correspondence, not swapping.

I can read & write English, Russian and Italian. And who knows, maybe someone speaks Slovak? (I once received a postcard from Australia in the Slovak language at Postcrossing, - wow, what a wonderful surprise!)

In small amount I swap friendship books and label bags, so let me know if you'd like to receive some.


  • Written and stamped postcards - both regular and one-time

Pictures on the profile

The painting is La disputa del sacramento by Rafael who painted in early 16th century. The picture is from wikipedia. The others are from Freepik.

A little note, maybe someone finds this useful:

I keep the pictures on google drive, but to get the link for markdown, I needed to change open from the sharing link to uc.


suepier rated for WIYM: Touristic Postcard #1 - INTL on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from Bratislava. I love the multiview.
Zefaniya rated for CSG ~ Pick 3 on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you :D
AZmom875 rated for CSG ~ POSTCARD on May 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much, this arrived today, and was a delight.
Response: I'm happy you liked it!
sharmison33 rated for R&W: Childhood memories on May 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal. I enjoy reading your childhood memories!
Response: Have fun reading them! :)
smadronia rated for CL: April Reading Log - Paper on May 19, 2019
Comment: What a fantastic reading log, thank you! I love it's in a card
Response: I love using notecards and the length was just right for using one ;)
fiorellaione rated for R&W In April I read ... on May 11, 2019
Comment: Those illustrated covers are so cute! Thank you for your reviews :)
christywebb rated for R&W In April I read ... on May 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the list and information! I love seeing the book covers!
USAFwife rated for R&W In April I read ... on May 6, 2019
Comment: The poetry book sounds interesting! My dad's family came from Czech, and I've always tried to find and read Czech folk tales, poetry, history, when I can find them in English. I'll have to go searching for this one. :) Thanks for sharing you list. :)
Response: Here is one of the poems :) https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30928457
JediLibrarian rated for R&W: Wreck It style journal on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: I wish I could give you 100 hearts! I just got this wonderful journal. I have loved going through your pages. You did a fantastic job and it's so much fun to read. I will definitely be adding my own art very soon. Thank you again for a great swap. Best wishes!!!
smadronia rated for CL: January Reading Log - Paper on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your reading log! sorry for the late rating
Artistic rated for R&W: February book bingo on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
Swan rated for Interest ME #2 on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Interesting book you picked. Thanks for including the cool maxicard!
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome journal! I really enjoyed looking at the maps and the "konfety" was a nice touch as well :) Very nicely done!
Karen07 rated for R&W: InCoWriMo letter swap on Mar 10, 2019
Comment: I really enjoyed your charming letter! Thank you!
jenmcjen rated for R&W: InCoWriMo letter swap on Mar 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your stories. The one about Mozart and the coincidences was so cool! I LOVED the Three Investigators books!!! My brother and I read them over and over. We also tried having a club, but sadly, in real life, kids don't really have access to nifty haunted castles. Especially kids in the middle of the suburbs! But mainly, I wanted that hideout with the fence and the other sneaky entrances. *sigh* It's so cool that you get to meet someone from Postcrossing - that seems less personal to me than, say, SwapBot, so it's awesome. Anyway, I intend to respond to you, though it may take a couple of weeks. Meantime, thanks for the super cool monkeys, super neat and legible writing, and interesting stories.
USAFwife rated for R&W: InCoWriMo letter swap on Mar 7, 2019
Comment: Really enjoyed your letter. :) Nice to get to know you better. :)
Comment: Hi Beata thank you for the fabulous five PC, Enid blyton is a much beloved author from my childhood peace love light
Katti rated for R&W: InCoWriMo letter swap on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the letter and this really nice card!
Buecherwurm rated for R&W: In February I read ... on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the detailed list! :) Sometimes I also like to read biographies, although the last time I did is already a while ago. Great that you found recommendable ones :) I know Paddington bear, the stories really are charming. The other book you mentioned sounds really cool, about the time travelling letters! I'll definitely put that on my to read list. I can understand you though, often it is better to let books give no explanation for stuff like timetravelling than give a not well thought through one. I wish you a wonderful week!
Response: As for the time travelling letters, I remember reading its review on a book blog and although I didn't look for it actively, I remembered it when I noticed it in a library and decided to try it. Turned out well!
USAFwife rated for R&W: In February I read ... on Mar 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your lists. :) I like how you organize your email and include some of the cover art as well. Your book choices reminded me of a book I read many years ago, called "Kitty My Rib" by Jane Mall. Have you heard of it?
Response: "Kitty My Rib"... no, it doesn't sound familiar. But the thing is, book titles are sometimes traslated quite "creatively", so maybe it's here under another name... hmmmm, that gave me an idea for a post on my blog about translations of the titles. If we don't talk just about the books, I remember a CD with songs from children fairy tales, cartoons, etc. which was in Czech and I didn't recognize the song by name (only when listening to it), as they changed the name of the family whose members are the main characters. :D

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cauchy81sk on Jun 5, 2019:

Copy of a message sent in reply to the message below:

I notices your message regarding bookmarks:

  • Sorry if I haven't read your message, I probably deleted it accidentally with a lot of group messages (yes, I'll be cutting down the number of groups, to be able keep up with them)

  • The bookmarks were sent on Friday 24th May, so you should have them soon.

  • The reason for the delay was that I wanted to buy also souvenir bookmark and not send only free ones.

I hope the envelope arrives soon!

itsnobody on May 26, 2019:

I'm sad I never received the bookmarks from you. My messages are still unread. Have been expecting more from you.

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

jaimierandolph on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Bible Verse #16

Psalm 91 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91 is the 91st psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse in the King James Version: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, and in its Latin translation Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 90 in a slightly different numbering system. In Latin, it is known as 'Qui habitat". As a psalm of protection, it is commonly invoked in times of hardship. Though no author is mentioned in the Hebrew text of this psalm, Jewish tradition ascribes it to Moses, with David compiling it in his Book of Psalms. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament attributes it to David.

SwapFairy on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Quote 13 "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." John Wooden -from Israa with love, hoping you would reach the best.

jessnewson98 on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

Hi Beata!

I noticed that you liked Michael Bond's "Paddington Bear" and I thought that this quote would be lovely:

“A wise bear always keeps a marmalade sandwich in his hat in case of emergency"

x Jess

glitterandlace on Nov 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #13

Have a great day!

NRGordon on Nov 28, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13 NRGordon

"No one is innocent in the tide of history. Everyone has kings and slaves in his past. Everyone has saints and sinners. We are not to blame for the actions of our ancestors. We can only try to be the best we can, no matter what our heritage, to strive for a better future for all".

Diana Peterfreund

Mishi on Nov 28, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Bible Verse #16

sarahjp on Nov 28, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

Happy Holidays! The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness! - Helen Keller

Happy Holidays and I hope you are having a wonderful season so far!


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