My blog is about the scenic, stressful, spectacular life (and everything screwy in between) of a
California girl turned expat transplanted to the land down under: North Queensland, Australia.

October 06, 2010

Who’s With Me?

I kind of stole this from Xylina, so apologies for not being creative. Before I left home, I sent my prized monkey pirate lamp to my friend’s 8-year-old daughter as a surprise. She sent me back a super cool letter, and I promised her I would send her a super cool postcard from Australia in return.

She and Xylina got me thinking about how cool it would be to get postcards from someone and have someone to give cool postcards to. I collect shot glasses from all over the world, but how easy (and cheap) is it to have a picture of somewhere you may have never been before? (C’mon, use your imagination!)

So I propose a pen pal exchange, if you will, with a few ground rules:

1. When you get the postcard you have 15 days to send one back. This will keep us on our toes and make sure we don’t slack off.

2. Write whatever you want on the back, but you have to include a song and why you like it. I’m always complaining on Facebook that I need new music, so this would be a good way to get some new ones onto my IPod. And come on, anyone who can use the Internet can figure out how to find a song (Amazon, ITunes, YouTube, etc. etc.).

I’m pretty sure I’m not an e-stalker (and I live in a remote area), so it’s all good, friends. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to . Heck, maybe we can start up some sort of “chain postcard” thing where we rotate postcards from all over! That would be KICK-ASS! Tell me you can’t wait to see a dingo and a kangaroo!


  1. Awesome Idea, just to clarify we take pictures of what country we're from and email "postcards" actual home addresses? Let me know via email


  2. Well, technically I mean physical "postcards"! That way we can have something to collect. I'm so tired of having e-mails from friends or texts...people don't really write anymore (even me, when I write my hand starts to hurt!). I understand the wariness about sharing home addresses and what not, so it would be up to you :)

  3. Hed... I'm not sure everyone would want to put their addresses on here. Still some sickos out there even if we are comfortable with each other. The idea is cute but maybe rethink the details? Just a suggestion. Plus the cost of buying a card and postage might not sit well.

  4. I Will send you one for sure. I love this idea! It's all good steal away although people have been pen pal-ing it up way before I was born. :)

  5. I'm keen, I can send postcards that I find in op shops ;)

  6. CBG and Barb-I totally get what you mean...I think if I was still in the states I wouldn't want to give my address out either! But living here reminds me of how things were growing up-you could leave your door unlocked, you helped strangers, stuff like that.

    Xylina and Erica-thanks for joining me! Woo hoo! Can't wait to hear new music ideas!

  7. If you are after new Australian music check out triple J radio. Freaakin awesome stuff. I have discovered so many wonderful alternative Australian (and international) bands through them. Check the frequency as it varies from state to state, region to region.

    A couple of my favourite Aussie bands and singers are listed below. You may or may not know them. If you don't you should check them out.

    Little Red- New album 'Midnight remembered' is brilliant. Kinda Beach Boys-y and they are awesome live.
    Yves Klein Blue- Another band that are awesome live. Check out their EP 'Draw Attention to themselves'. Silence is Distance is one of my favourite songs.
    Clare Bowditch and the New Slang- Bloody brilliant lyrics.
    British India. Slightly heavier and yet another band that rocks live.
    Cloud Control- happy happy stuff.
    Boy and Bear- great harmonies.
    Lisa Mitchell- A genius. 'Wonder' is a great album
    Art vs. Science- awesome dance-y but guitar-y stuff. Breathtaking live and essential at any party.
    Washington- I love her. Brilliant lyrics, Quirky clothes. Well worth a listen - especially 'cement'.
    Whitley- 'Go Forth, Find Mammoth' is a great album.
    Skipping Girl Vinegar- folk inspired Melbourne band.
    Philadelphia Grand Jury- rather punky Sydney band.
    Sally Seltmann- heart that's pounding has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever.

    If you want poetic lyrics about Australia check out Paul Kelly.

    FF xo

    Can you tell I am not in the music industry? tee hee! My friend started up a CD club where one person each month burns a mix CD and mails it to every person on the list. You get a new CD each month and get to discover heaps of new music from all over the world and you get to make one too. Great fun. Maybe you should try that?