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thelocalman

thelocalman
Date Joined: January 3, 2018
Last Online: September 23, 2019
Birthday: March 16
Country: Bulgaria

About Me

-> 06.03.2019 Please keep in mind that some of my envelopes will not be decorated. I will stop entering swaps with this requirement or at least try to reduce them. The post office ladies started making problems with this and I had to re-send a couple of swaps in plain envelopes because my original, decorated ones, did not arrive. Some did and it's not always the case but I can not take the risk especially with swaps. Unfortunately, this is the situation where I live. With private pen-pals and mailings I will still decorate and take my chances. Hope you understand.

->05.01.2019 1 year on swap-bot, yay!!! I'm so glad I found out about this website a year ago. It changed my life in different ways, I got to learn interesting things about different people and countries. I read so many personal stories and experiences. I saw many rare postcards, tried teas from all over the world and created some beautiful friendships. Thank you all for making my stay here all the more fun and exciting!!

You're awesome and I wish you happy swapping :)

-> 28.12.2018 Taking a break from swaps for a little while. I will still be on the website almost every day checking for messages or rate people. Please contact me for any re-sends as now I will have the time and resources to make them immediately, if needed. Currently, I have sent or re-sent every swap that I've been in. If something has still not reach you for more than 1-2 months since the send date, please contact me in order for me to re-send you the swap. I urge you to contact me first via private message before rating me. Also, if you want to make a private swap with me I'm more than open for it.

Hello friend. My name is Nikola and I live in a small Southeastern European country called Bulgaria. I recently finished my bachelor's degree in International Relations and I'm currently looking for a Master's degree outside of my country. I discovered Swap-bot by randomly searching for a site that allowes mail exchanges. This is because I participated in a secret santa exchange in Reddit and found out that this sort of hobbie makes me very happy and wholesome. I also shared the site with my girlfriend who also participates in swaps. I love to travel inside my country and outside it. Inside, I've been to a lot of locations and I follow a challenge that we have in Bulgaria to visit 100+ famous landmarks and locations. At every location there is a stamp that you can put in a little book and check your progress. It's very fun and makes you go out and explore. Outside of Bulgaria, I've been to Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, Romania, Austria and Italy. I'm interested in all the countries and areas on our planet and would like to visit most of them. If you would like to share something about your country, city, town, village or area I would love to read about it :) I also love to read, watch movies, tv shows, play video games, board games, research different things I find interesting, hike in the mountains and hang out with friends.

-> Regarding Swaps: I send everything up to the deadline and I've never or will ever flake. If you have not received something, keep in mind a few things: generally it takes up to a month/a month and a half for something to reach you from my country, if it's not by Air Mail (I try to send with Air mail but sometimes I can't). This is for countries outside of Europe mainly. If you have any concerns please message me as I take pictures of everything I send (90% of the cases) and I can assure you it is sent. If you don't receive it it's either on it's way or lost. Of course, if that's the case I will resend as I have done before, no worries :)

-> Also, if you have any stamps that you don't need and you wonder what to sent me, I will be most happy to receive them and put them in my collection. I event get the stamps from envelopes despite the damage as I try to collect as much as possible from any country. Any stamps would be much appreciated from me and will guarantee you a heart rating

Favorite Television

My absolute favorite shows that I can watch forever are:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Friends
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The Expanse (I watched it very recently and got hooked. Currently waiting for next season and reading the books)

I am also a BIG fan of: Mr. Robot, Fargo, Better Call Saul, Jessica Jones, Game of Thrones, Rome, Seinfield, The Twilight Zone, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, The Walking Dead, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek DS9, Stargate TNG, Star Trek Enterprise, Gravity Falls, Black Mirror, True Detective, Westworld, Narcos, Bojack Horseman and Stranger Things.

Favorite Movies

In no particular order: Star Wars (all), Interstellar, Drive, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, There Will Be Blood, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Watchmen, Manchester by the Sea, Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York, The Revenant, Django Unchained, Flight Club, Spider-man 1 and 2 (Sam Raimi), Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down, Enemy at the Gates, Saving Private Ryan, Silver Linings Playbook, Predator, Mad Max and many more

Favorite directors: Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Alejandro G. Iรฑรกrritu, J.J. Abrams.

Favorite Books

My favorite genre is old school science fiction (golden age). My favorite book is "The Foundation" by A. Asimov. Recently I started reading contemporary Sci-Fi like "The Expanse" series and "Red Rising". Dystopian novels are also a favorite of mine and I have read most of them. My favorites are "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451". I also enjoy classics ("Of Mice and Men", "Lord of the Flies"), horror and cosmic horror (Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft), fantasy ("A Song of Ice and Fire") and historical books.

Authors that I'm a fan of or I like: Isaac Asimov, H.P. Lovecraft, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Ursula Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, J, Stanislaw Lem, the Strugatsky brothers, Stephen King.

If you wish to discuss any books with me I will be most happy to do so.

What I Like/Love/Enjoy

-> Please take into consideration that the following are not all things that I would like to receive or expect to. Some indeed are but with this section I'm trying to cover all of my likes and interests that I haven't in the other sections. Thank you for reading!

  • Animals - wolves and dogs are the animals that I like the most and anything related to them I will appreciate a lot :)

  • Books - I love books and anything related to them. If you send me recommendations or quotes I would be very happy. No need for any bookmarks, I have plenty.

  • Comic books - anything related to comics: from movies, merch to actual books. I love graphic novels as well, my favorite comics are from DC (Batman, Watchmen, Green Lantern). I like a bit of Marvel as well, mainly Spider-Man and X-Men.

  • Games - I loves video games since I was a child I've played mainly on a PC but I had a couple of consoles (currenty I have a PS4). My favourite game franchise is Fallout. Other games that I like are: Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3, Metro 2033, Rome: Total War, Minecraft, Hearthstone, Warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne, Diablo 2 & 3, Old School DOOM and the new games as well, God of War 1 & 2, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead (Telltale), Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, The Sims 4, Mortal Kombat.

  • Lime , Coccunut, Curry and Cinnamon - favorite smells and things to eat

  • Travel related stuff - I enjoy when travelling to bring all sorts of stuff like little maps, a compass and a thermos

  • Stationary - Despite not having to use any stationary for work or study (at least not that much) I constantly buy more notebooks, pens, markers etc. It's a weird obsession, I know, but I can't help it.

  • Stickers - They are never enough even when I have a lot. I love sending/receiving stickers and also putting some on my envelopes/postcards

  • History related stuff - I'm a big history buff so if you want to share with me anything historical related with your country, it would be awesome

  • Science Fiction - books/movies/games you name it, if it's sci-fi, I probably like it ^^

  • Stamps - I started collecting stamps recently and I would love it if you send me some (no matter what kind). I can also send you stamps from my country if you would like :)

  • Food/Snacks - I eat everything with curry and curry sauce. Also I'm a fan of burgers and fried chicken (don't judge me). I LOVE trying candy or other snacks from different countries. I even subscribed to receive a Japan crate every month. If you are interested in private food swaps, PM me!

  • Tea and Coffee - my favourite tea is orange and cinnamon, also herbs tea. I don't like forest fruits tea and I'm not a fan of the Chai tea. Generally I love to try different teas from different countries so you can send me whatever tea you have that is from your country. I love coffee, any kind!

  • Washi Tape - I'm actively searching for washi tapes with dog/cat themes on them and train/locomotive themes. Outside of these, I love most washi tapes as long as they're quality. I love both samples and rolls.

  • Photos - I like receiving and sending photos. Recently I got an Instax camera and I'm still very excited about it! Usually I take photos with it or with my phone. I'm not good at it at all but I still enjoy it.

  • Recipes - I'm not the best cook but I would love to learn so if you have any recipe for something that is somewhat easy to made, feel free to share :) I can send you some traditional recipes from Bulgaria, they're quite unique.

  • Spices and seeds - I enjoy spices a lot, my favorite one is curry. I love everything with some curry on/in it. I would love to try any spices you have from your country and I don't have problem with spicy spices (lol). I also have a garden and I've recently started to get intrested in gardening so any seeds you wish to send will go directly in use. Unforunately, seeds are not permitted to be send from Bulgaria. I got 2 envelopes returned to me , ripped apart because there were seeds in them. Please keep that in mind if you wish to make a private swap with me for seeds. I wish I could send you some but I can't.

  • Patches, Pins and Badges - I started putting them on my backpack that I use to travel with. I collect patches from different countries which I put on the backpack.

  • Letter sets/sheets - They are very rare in my country so the only to get them is from swaps or buying them online from a different country.

  • My favourite colours are: dark red (bordeaux), dark green, navy blue, purple and black.

  • Anything which teaches me a little about your culture, language, food, landmarks or customs/traditions - these could be recipes, photos, postcards, bookmarks, book recommendations etc.

Postcards

I prefer regular size postcards,but whatever one you got it will be fine, I appreciate all :) Recently I started collecting postcards of locomotives and vintage trains. If you send me any, I will be super grateful. I also collect postcards with map /coat of arms on them. Other postcards that I like: movies/tv shows related (check my favs); your city/country/region; animals (wolves and dogs mostly); book covers; history related. I don't mind handmade postcards or zazzle.

I'm also on Postcrossing, so if you want direct swaps there, message me ^^

Shout-Out to

@itsnobody - my girlfriend. We share sometimes the mail we receive and have a lot fun creating stuff together (she helps me a lot with the more creative swaps). Although we live in the same city and country, we don't have the same address. She also creates interesting swaps that are worth to see.

@tizzicat - my first partner on this platform. She was very understanding and patient with me.

Dislikes

Generally I love everything that I receive and I'm very easy to please.

  • I don't have problem with religious items (I'm agnostic).

  • I don't have any allergies.

  • I'm not a big fan of very short notes or writtings on the postcards, like just a "Hello , happy swapping". If you can please write something about yourself or whatever you feel like, even you can write that you don't want to write anything and I will still appreciate it more than just a "Hi" :D .

  • I don't like forest fruits tea and I'm not a fan of the Chai tea.

Flakers and Non-Raters

@cqueen4 didn't rate me for My Playlist in July 2018

@LizH flaked me on Penpals January 2019 - International - Angeled by @Sandy1969 thank you so much!

Ratings

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Comment: Loved your Totoro postcard, thank you very much ! :)
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Comment: Thank you so much for these beautiful washi samples! โ™ฅ
sharmison33 rated for APP - Letter & Recipe Swap on Aug 21, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much for your letter and recipes. Sorry for the late rating!
karenh77 rated for APP: Mail Tag! on Jul 16, 2019
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thevmatt rated for APP: Mail Tag! on Jul 11, 2019
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Comment: Thanks!
PenguinParade rated for APP: National Writing Day on Jun 20, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and the washi samples :) I plan to write you back a longer letter, but thank you so much!
jamicam rated for AARI: Positive Comment on Jun 10, 2019
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating - I've been hospitalized for some time. Home now and on the road to recover. Thanks for the comment!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, and sorry for the late rating I was on a hiking trip when it arrived.
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ubx rated for Penpals Feb 2019 - International on May 31, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard - what a view! Wonderful :) :) Best of wishes <3
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcard!
HelenG6 rated for One Map PC (Blank or Naked) #9 on May 11, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the nice map card sent 2 months ago. Sorry for the delay on rating.
guinstar rated for WTL: Spring Washi Sample Swap on Apr 29, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty samples! Loved the notecard too! (Sorry for the delayed rating) :)
tentmari rated for AARI: Positive Comment on Apr 15, 2019
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Comment: Thank you very much for your "positive comments", and for taking the time to really read my profile. I appreciate that you realized from reading it I am an honest person. It is nice to be appreciated for being who I am. Definitely give family move night a try sometime. Even if you do not do it on a regular schedule it is a good family experience. I hope you have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•
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Comment: Thank you for this wonderful map! Have a wonderful Spring :) :)
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Comment: Thank you for the washi and the stickers!
suepier rated for NOT my country touristy PC Jan 2019 on Apr 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from the UK and also thank you for your positive thoughts for me during the fires.
justmesks rated for Naked Map PCs to 2 Partners #10 on Apr 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the Alberta map card. I did not have that.
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Comment: Hello Nikola! I got your letter. Thank you very much. Please expect for a reply. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 140 3 3
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Comments

susieq11 on Aug 26, 2019:

Got the PTG Senderโ€™s choice postcard tag today! Thank you for the Sofia multiview. And I hope my mail finds you soon too!!! : )

tcornell on Jul 23, 2019:

I received you mail tag answers and the Jetoy PC and stamps too- thank you for all of this! I will write you back soon! ~Tracy

susieq11 on Jul 8, 2019:

Finally sending you mail tomorrow!!!!! : D

mgallardo68 on May 26, 2019:

Thank you dear @thelocalman for my IFM-March WTA prize! I loved everything. A special thank you for using real stamps! I keep them! โ™ฅ

xninolax on May 25, 2019:

Thank you ever so much for the super pretty GOT postcard with Daenerys and the dragons for the IFM Postcard Tag (February). I love it!

Singske on Apr 26, 2019:

Your letter arrived yesterday. It was a pleasure to read. Love your letterpaper! ๐Ÿ˜ The restaurant youโ€™ve been to in Brussels is called โ€œAmadeusโ€ I think. In Antwerp we also have one like that. Great ribs... Also thanks for the extraโ€™s and pcโ€™s! Just keep an eye on your mailbox, Iwill send something in return. Have a great weekend!โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

susieq11 on Apr 22, 2019:

I got your mail today!!!!!!! : ) Totally made my day!! Thanks for everything and Iโ€™ll be in touch soon!!!!

TexyDeb on Apr 14, 2019:

Hello! I hope you have a lovely day. We have many people from your country here. I wish I could send you some seeds from the Santorinian tomatoes. They are truly AMAZING. I hope you get many wonderful postcards. I enjoyed reading your profile. be well

porpie5 on Apr 12, 2019:

AARI: Positive Comment Mail Deadline: Apr 15, 2019 Hi thelocalman! (that's funny!) You have a very interesting profile and I like that you are interested in other places around the globe. You sound you would be the kind of person to travel with because you would have a good time hiking and seeing the sights! I like it that you like to read! Readers are very interesting people - they always have something to talk about - whether it was something they learned or something that excited them! I'm sure you find that is true about yourself! I have never been to Bulgaria, but if there are many places to hike, it must be enjoyable! You are adventurous, ambitious, curious and I'll bet you are fun to be around! Have a great day and happy swapping! Charlotte (porpie5)

mgallardo68 on Mar 30, 2019:

Loved my PTG WTA October prize!!! Thank you so much dear Nikola! โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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