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Postcrossing Update

I’ve written about my love affair with Postcrossing a few times (here, here, and here) and while the past year I haven’t kept up with sending as many cards I love the fact that I still continue to be surprised when one pops up in my mailbox.  Another great thing is that I can pick up and right where I left off and I wrote five postcards yesterday.

For every card that tells me a little about their life or just says hello because they don’t write English, there are those that tell me how their hobbies and interests intersect my own. It’s comforting to know that in this crazy world we are not all as different as we sometimes think we are.  And sometimes I receive postcards like this, from strangers who bring war and conflict closer to home.

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I’ve received a few more like this from Kiev over the past year and it has definitely made me feel more connected to the people there and what it going on internationally.  Interestingly, I’ve received more postcards from Russia and it is never mentioned.

These are the countries I received cards from and the average length of time it took for them to get to me.

  • Postcards by country

  • Country Received Avg travel (Received)
    1 Australia 5 8 days
    2 Belarus 12 27 days
    3 Belgium 1 6 days
    4 Brazil 1 92 days
    5 Canada 1 10 days
    6 China 10 24 days
    7 Czech Republic 5 15 days
    8 Dominican Republic 1 45 days
    9 Estonia 2 10 days
    10 Finland 8 9 days
    11 France 2 54 days
    12 Germany 28 14 days
    13 Hong Kong 5 14 days
    14 Iceland 1 14 days
    15 India 3 11 days
    16 Indonesia 1 25 days
    17 Ireland 1 3 days
    18 Israel 1 19 days
    19 Japan 3 13 days
    20 Korea (South) 2 13 days
    21 Latvia 1 16 days
    22 Lithuania 2 16 days
    23 Morocco 1 9 days
    24 Netherlands 23 10 days
    25 New Zealand 2 16 days
    26 Poland 9 47 days
    27 Portugal 3 22 days
    28 Russia 28 23 days
    29 Singapore 4 12 days
    30 Slovenia 2 12 days
    31 Spain 5 59 days
    32 Sweden 1 6 days
    33 Switzerland 1 9 days
    34 Taiwan 9 17 days
    35 Thailand 1 14 days
    36 Turkey 1 15 days
    37 U.S.A. 22 12 days
    38 Ukraine 11 26 days
    39 United Kingdom 3 11 days

    Of the 222 cards I’ve only received one set of repeats.

    IMG_1913[1]Appropriate, right?  One is from Germany and the other from the Netherlands.

    If you want to keep up with the postcards I receive you can visit the blog I’ve set up, Postcarder

    And if you are interesting in giving it a try yourself I can’t recommend it enough! It’s fun, easy and a cheap way to travel.  Visit Postcrossing.

     

     

 

January 9, 2015 - Posted by | Postcrossing

9 Comments »

  1. I think it’s great that you do it. I definitely see the benefits.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | January 9, 2015 | Reply

  2. That postcard just breaks my heart. The world has become such a scary place. I’m amazed at how long it takes some of the postcards to reach you.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | January 9, 2015 | Reply

  3. Wow! This is wonderful what you are doing and you must get such pleasure from receiving cards from strangers around the world who prove that we are all very similar and it’s truly a small world.

    Comment by View From My Home | January 9, 2015 | Reply

  4. Stacy, what a fantastic project to participate in. I spent some time on your postcard blog and loved looking at all the beautiful and unique cards. I’m so tempted.

    Comment by Mary | January 9, 2015 | Reply

  5. I gave PostCrossing a try a few years ago, but my participation fell by the wayside. You make me want to try it again. 🙂

    Comment by Literary Feline | January 9, 2015 | Reply

  6. I’ve not done Postcrossing for years! I used to be a member of another similar site which went down years ago. I might just have to join in again. 🙂

    Comment by notesoflifeuk | January 10, 2015 | Reply

  7. What a cool project! I’m going to look into this to use as part of our Social Studies schoolwork! I love post cards, getting and sending them, and I think it would be a cool way to introduce my kids to the world a bit more.

    As for the situation in Ukraine, it is heartbreaking. My husband lived there when he was a teen because his dad went there as a missionary, and so we have been following things there very closely.

    Comment by hamlettethedame | January 11, 2015 | Reply

  8. You always make this sound so fun. I like the idea that it makes you feel closer to the rest of the world.

    Comment by Carol | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  9. Congrats on National Championship Ohio State. I would love to try this.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | January 13, 2015 | Reply


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