Tell no one!

Postcard Mail
From: Culebra, Puerto Rico
To: Toronto, Canada
2007

Dear X,

I had a wonderful time camping here! A wonderful undestroyed little paradise – tell no one!

Yours,
O

This card also came with a Caribbean recipe on the back.

Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Spread
8 oz cream cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 small jalapeno peppers, minced
1/3 cup sun-dried tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup onion, minced

In a medium glass bowl, using a fork blend all ingredients well.
Chill for 2 hours.
Serve with Johnny Cakes or crackers.

Postcard Image: Printed by John Hinde Curteich, Photo R.C. Spenceley

Happy July 4th!

Postcard Mail
From: New York, USA
To: Kelowna, Canada
1993

Dear X,

Here’s a new dance stop for us to try out. Looks fun hey! I smoke Camel-light – they’re wickedly good & wickedly cheap. It’s so fun so far. I’ve walked a million miles. [My friend] lives beside this park where there is good music and lots of rasta hair all day. One guy plays the bongos like crazy. I met a fire juggler that was out of this world. Today we’re going to the Bronx. Happy July 4th! It’s going to be a big party today.

Miss you,
O

Postcard Image: ©Per Lui, Paris, photograph by Pamela Hanson, 1986, © Fotofolio, NY, NY, USA

Surf Riders

Postcard Mail
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
To: Toronto, Canada
2001

Dear X,

I started to write a letter to you and I hope I will be able to send it. I think the internet has made me slightly handicapped [with] pen and paper. They don’t come together too often. I am taking up surfing on Saturday [and] swimming 1 km at Ala Moana Beach Park. Missing you.

Love,

O

Postcard Image: Surf Riders, 1930

Icky Digs

Postcard Mail
From: Seattle, USA
To: Calgary, Canada
1999

Dear X,

Guess what? I’m back in an ‘oh my god don’t let your bare skin touch any surface if you can help it’ hostel. This one’s exactly like the Coffee Palace only a step up (albeit an infinitesimal one). I love this city, only it’s making me miss you because I feel like I’m out on the wayward road again and there’s a vacant spot by my side with your name on it. This city was made for me and you!

Love,
O

Postcard Image: © Split Screen, Dorothy Nevit, dot design, 1999

Desolute Bay

Postcard Mail
To:
Toronto, Canada
From:  
Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada
2006 x 3

Dear X,

Good time in Ottawa. Good flight. Now cold and barren. Could be called Desolute Bay.

Love,
O

Dear X,

It’s a great sunshiny day. We just returned from a zodiac excursion to an archeological settlement site. Up at six and get ready to the gangplank. Now waiting for breakfast. We spent two days crossing the Davis Strait and are now in Greenland. Last two days were easy and leisurely. Monday reading, sleeping, EATING, reading, sleeping. EATING, and attending lectures. Tuesday about the same but stopping and circumnavigating huge(titanic) ice-bergs.

Love,
O

Dear X,

We traversed Davis Strait in SW Direction and this our first landfall on Canadian soil. A beautiful day, not too windy, and relatively calm sea. Spotted two polar bears, one scrambling on a steep slope at great speed. Then we spotted walrus, about a dozen swimming and surfacing. The last couple of days I’ve felt a bit low, partial seasickness, but today I just felt raring to go. Great fun. Went out and saw the Aurora Borealis, and found the North Star directly overhead.

Love,
O

Postcard Images:
TOP: 
Torrington Memorial, Franklin expedition. Printed in Canada
MIDDLE: Landscapes of Nunavut. Greenlandic Iceberg, Lancaster Sound. Photography © Mike Beedell, 2004
BOTTOM: Landscapes of Nunavut. Igloo Building, Igloolik. Photography © Mike Beedell, 2004