When Meg (Write Meg) wrote about her love affair with Postcrossing I was intrigued by the thought of exchanging mail with people from around the world. When I checked out the website, Postcrossing.com, it seemed so easy to get started, so in November I signed up and immediately sent out four postcards, to China, Germany, Brazil, and Russia. Then I waited. It takes a while for all that travel! Once the person receives your card they register the ID number and then you receive a card from someone else. So I waited some more. And then I got my first postcard!! From Alabama 😦 Okay, okay, the frowny face seems wrong, but I was disappointed. So, I sent out two more postcards, both to Germany. The week before Christmas, on the same day, I received two postcards, one from Taiwan and one from England. Now that’s more like it 🙂 Then came one from Germany and this week I retrieved a beautiful postcard from Spain from the mailbox. Of the six I’ve sent, two are still travelling, but the other four combined to travel over 34,000 km! Of the 5 I’ve received so far, only the one from Taiwan wanted to become pen pals, the others it was more of a one time thing, which is okay for me these days. All in all those 5 postcards travelled over 34,000 km to get here.
I took December off but plan for more postcard fun in 2013. I recommend it for those who love to write and received letters (because c’mon, who has time for that these days?!) and for those curious about meeting people from around the world.
As you can see, the postcards are fun and they made me realize that I really need to work on my handwriting! My favorite photo is the one from Spain and the note I liked best was from the UK but the writer is from the Czech Republic and she wrote about her Christmas traditions there.
Meg has now sent over 500 postcards! Thanks to her inspiration I may get there someday too. If you’re interested I highly recommend checking out the site. It’s easy to start and use and a cheap way to travel 🙂