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thelocalman

thelocalman
Date Joined: January 3, 2018
Last Online: December 10, 2018
Birthday: March 16
Country: Bulgaria

About Me

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, The 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. Iñárritu, 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 not the biggest washi tape collector but I enjoy the small amount of washi tapes I have and I always decorate my envelopes and postcards with some washi. Recently I got into a couple of washi samples swaps and I like it a lot.

  • 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 - this is my real life partner and we often participate in swaps together, check her profile for any intresting swaps she hosts

@PukiCat - was one the first partners I had and she sent me some great stuff. She makes great and intresting swaps that I participate in, when I can.

@tizzicat - also one of my first partners and my first package/flat mail swap was to her. I messed up and didn't sent exactly what I had to, but she gave me a change to redeem myself with another package and she loves it. She also makes great swaps, I'm fan of the "First and Last lines of a book" series.

Private Swaps and Penpalling

If you are interested in a private swap or to become pen pals, please message me. Keep in mind, I live in a small southeast european country and when sending something overseas (outside Europe) it costs more. For such swaps it's best to be flat mail only.

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.

Ratings

kclicquot rated for Science Fiction PC Swap #25 on Dec 10, 2018
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cineselena rated for Travelling! in October (#4) on Dec 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the letter and the awesome extras, small world - I’ve sent letters to itsnobody before :)
Karen07 rated for MUSEUM POSTCARD SWAP - OCTOBER on Nov 29, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! Card arrived today. I was excited to see it since I visited this interesting museum last year.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the map of Bulgaria!
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Comment: Great PC, thank you! I have not been to Italy but hope to someday :)
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Comment: Many thanks for the postcard of the Ravda seaside - my first postcard from Bulgaria. On a cool, late afternoon last week I stopped at the beach in San Francisco. Brrrr, didn't swim. Hope you have a wonderful winter season.
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Comment: Thanks so much for the absolutely wonderful package of hot chocolates. I can't wait to try them all. They look delicious. Thanks again :)
judee0624 rated for Not Your Country Map PC on Nov 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the interesting card. I love the stamps also.
Mekenzie rated for Quick tea swap / international on Nov 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you very much, it arrived in perfect condition, I can't wait to try all the teas. I am excited for the Monk's tea. Have good day and good luck and merry Christmas.
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Comment: Hi. Happy fall to you. U have to mesage me ur address so can answer your ? :)
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Comment: Your ATC is just awesome! It even included one of my favorite quotes of the series :D And thank you so much for the extra tea bag - and for joining my swap! Happy swapping!
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Comment: Thank you! It arrived today and I am going to enjoy translating each article.❤️
MarieS rated for MY City PC Swap! on Nov 10, 2018
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Comment: Thanks a lot for your card!
rsartistnl rated for Reading Challenge 2018-October on Nov 9, 2018
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Natasa rated for Hot Chocolate Swap (International) on Nov 9, 2018
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Bhindblueeyes rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Nov 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for this PC! I also appreciate the kind and gracious response when I reached out about it possibly being lost. I love the kangaroo info the most - I have a soft spot for Australian animals though I have never been. Overall, this is such a great mix of cards!
daydreamer47 rated for Fantastic Washi Swap! on Nov 6, 2018
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Comment: Hey Nikola! I adored the washi that you sent, thank you 🧡
lttleetoile rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Nov 2, 2018
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Comment: Hi there! Your first PC arrived yesterday, and in pretty good shape! I love it! Thank you so much for resending anyway- I wish I could give you another rating and heart!! Will let you know when the resend arrives!! ❤️❤️ Addition 11/30/2018: I just received your resend in the envelope! It is lovely as well, thank you so much for the effort, I really appreciate it!! Wishing you the best!!! xoxoxo
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely selection of stamps!
RooBaRoo rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Oct 25, 2018
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Comment: That's really cool that you ventured an irregular shaped postcard into the mix! It came safely & is fun to imagine what each is. :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 105 2 2
Completed Fives Threes Ones
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Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

denimblu14 on Nov 21, 2018:

Thank you Nikola for the interesting postcards that you sent to me for the August PTG WTA. I appreciate the decorated envelope too :)

pianoheart on Oct 29, 2018:

Thank you for a postcard of a spider.

denimblu14 on Oct 29, 2018:

I am happy to hear that you have received and liked the postcards that I sent to you for the PTG September WTA :)

bblue on Oct 24, 2018:

Thanks for the Happy Mail Tag you sent me! Great cards and tea.

susieq11 on Oct 23, 2018:

omg I just looked up the Bolognese dog! SO CUTE!!

piratecaptainmo on Oct 15, 2018:

Thank you so much for the teas from the 54321! I can't wait to try them!

manachai on Oct 14, 2018:

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Thank you for the lovely Turkish Delight and spices. I love it! The Turkish Delight is better than any I’ve bought from my country, and I will be saving it for as long as I can! And I’m not familiar at all with the spice you sent but I’ll do some Googling to see what I can do with it. Thanks again! I’m beyond delighted <3

Sternenfee on Oct 11, 2018:

Thank you for all you sent for the surprise flat envie tag. I liked all you sent. Enjoy Bologna!

LadySunshine on Oct 11, 2018:

Thank you for the package for the Random flat envie - Pay it forward tag!

Pei04 on Oct 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for the teabags I got today for the ”Cheap postage tag tour it”. All the best!

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