Mail typically takes 2-6 weeks (sometimes more, especially with the US) to travel to/from Cambodia, depending on where it comes from/goes and what happens in transit.
Recently things have been closer to 2-3 months, so please be patient if you're waiting for a rating, or to receive something from me.
It helps me to have a better idea of transit time.
I'm a native California girl, born and raised on the central coast, though I've also done a lot of international traveling/living, and am currently back living in Cambodia, my second home.
I am an English language teacher, but am involved in several organizations that are working to alleviate the affects of poverty on Cambodian people through education, job training and nutrition programs.
I promise to rate when I receive something from you. I also promise to send out all of my swaps. If there is ever an issue I will send a message to inform or to inquire. All I ask is the same of my partners.
I am generally an organized, linear person (or at least I like to think I am). I always say that I should have been a math major because my mind works in a more logical fashion, with occasional jaunts on the less-than-logical side. I do surprise people with out of the ordinary behavior or words that they didn't predict would come out of me. Hey, I gotta keep people on their toes!
I am also fairly active as a Couch Surfer where I have hosted people from all over the US and world when they travel. I discovered this organization while living in Cambodia and spend a great deal of time organizing meet-up events in Siem Reap for CouchSufers traveling through the town. It's a great way to meet people and encounter other cultures in a non-intimidating way, while breaking down the barriers of intolerance and ignorance at the same time.
Silver stars, particularly sparkly stickers that are holographic; star-shaped ornaments; or just about anything with stars on it
Postcards (see below for more info): famous places, funny pictures, maps, UNESCO, tourist spots, international, and more. Naked or in an envelope.
post-it notes: LINED large or square size or cute shapes (e.g. stars)
scents: jasmine (I'm particularly fond of the Bali Jasmine scent from Cost Plus World Market); cinnamon; apple/pumpkin spice
1 quart / 1 gallon Ziplock/Gladlock slide-close plastic bags. These are good for my travels to Cambodia.
Anything from my Etsy Favorites
The sweets: :: thick red licorice (no Twizzlers) :: rootbeer barrels :: orange slices (the candy) :: orange Tootsie roll pops :: Mentos :: Sour Patch Kids (I know, below I say I dislike sour things, but these are a vice)
Unfortunately all the meltable stuff is out of the picture while I'm in Southeast Asia (dark chocolate (non-Hersheys & the higher the percent of cocoa the better! i.e. 70%+) :: Junior Mints :: Ritter Sport chocolate (but no raisins!) :: soft homemade chococate chip cookies :: snickerdoodles)
Other not so sweet things: Cheetos :: Good Earth tea (sweet & spicy) :: English Breakfast tea :: PG Tipps / Tetley tea :: dry roasted & slightly salted almonds :: turkey jerky :: Crystal Light drink mixes in orange, white grape, pomegranate-cherry immunity ::
scrapbooking supplies since I DON'T enjoy this hobby; same with bits of ribbon and embellishments
cutesy, girly things with lace, fringe, cartoon animals or baby animals, and pastel colors.
black licorice :: sour candy :: gum :: white/milk chocolate :: anything blueberry/raspberry flavor :: chocolate with peanuts, crispies or raisins :: fruit-flavored herbal teas (except blackberry tea)
BLUE--just about any shade of it.
GREEN--particularly when it comes to nature prints or landscapes, or combined with blue.
RED--the Asian/Chinese red or a deep, dark red.
Even though I like most colors, purple by itself is NOT preferred. It's fine with other colors.
It helps me to have a better idea of transit time.
I have discovered (with the help of Swap-Bot) that I love sending and receiving postcards. I host many swaps, including the "Places I've Been" series, monthly postcards, and the colored postcard series, as well as being the founder of the Postcard Lovers group.
I thoroughly enjoy sending, receiving and trading postcards. I have access to lots of different postcards from Cambodia that I am willing to swap in private swaps: UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, other Angkor era temples, countryside life, life on the lake, etc.
I LOVE to receive postcards from your area, country or hometown that show scenery, landscapes or historical sites; vintage cards of anything; and most art cards. I even enjoy the occasional ad card if it's actually interesting.
I prefer the postcards I received to be stamped with a message written on them and sent through the postal system (i.e. naked). But, I don't mind if several are sent together in an envelope for my collection. Check with me 1st!
I would prefer NOT to receive a lot of handmade postcards unless they are artfully and tastefully created. I really like when you create a beautiful piece of artwork through painting or drawing or collage. Just don't paste a magazine cut-out on it and call it homemade. Again, check with me 1st.
@KnittingMystery - has disappeared leaving several swaps incomplete and 2 groups unattended.
(There have been more, but I have only recently decided to start listing them.)
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