Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: May 6, 2021
Birthday: April 22
Hi there - I am Marlies, mom to three teenagers. I live near Amsterdam and I work as a policy officer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.
I have been a Swap-Bot member for a decade now. I always send my stuff in time. If, because of any circumstance, I would be unable to send before the deadline, I will contact my partner. If you did not receive a swap, please contact me! The Dutch mail system has been undergoing budget cuts and as a result, items that I (or any other Dutch resident, LOL) put in the mailbox between Friday 5 PM and Monday 5 PM will not be processed until Tuesday. This could be practical to know when you check the postal date on my envelopes.
Next resolution: I always rate. I try do to this the same day, but always asap. Feel free to message me when you wonder if your swap has arrived though.
(Please note: When a swap is late without notification or does not match the swap description, we are obligated as swappers to rate down. And when a swap does not arrive (and your partner does not offer to resend) a rating '1' is in order. This may seem harsh but it's the only way to keep Swap-Bot safe and to fight flakers.
Not rating when you are being flaked on, is potentially hurting others - even when you think you're being forgiving and easy-going!!)
For a profile based swap, you could consider sending me:
I prefer my received postcards naked - with actual stamps. :) When we're in a postcard swap together, I don't mind free postcards as long as the other swap requirements are met. No obvious advertising cards though. Thank you.
My favorite travel destination is the South of England. I like piers and lighthouses and the Jurassic coast line.
Some of my favourite books/authors:
- Anything by Frederick Backman
- The night circus
- The time traveller's wife
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Paolo Giordano)
- Anything by Curtis Sittenfeld
- Anything by Annie Proulx
- Anything by Willy Vlautin
Among my favourite children's authors/illustrators are Dr. Seuss, Lauren Child, Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland. Childhood heroes!
I love everything polaroid (or instax) related. Also, items with cameras on them.
I also like retro patterns like woodgrain prints or (large) houndstooth (b&w).
At first, I felt bad about listing my dislikes, but you might as well save the shipping costs so here's a bunch of things I'd rather receive. Please:
NO items with moths, butterflie, spiders... phobia related.
NO budget stickers, disney, reward stickers and unpersonal premade notes or swapcards (if not subject of the swap).
NO smelly things (perfumed items or things from a smoky environment). I am very sensitive to scent. Even scented stationary gives me a headache and triggers my asthma.
I don't like Rooibos or Green Tea.
No Diddl, Disney, fairy tale figures (two exceptions: Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, well, she's not really from a fairy tale...)
no recipe cards
Please don't send me jewelry which isn't 100% nickel free - I will not be able to wear it.
I also prefer NOT to receive washi tape samples. I prefer whole rolls, or no washi at all, which is ok with me too. :)
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