The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
I’ve got a tremendous number of postcards. I didn’t collect them deliberately but I’ve accumulated them over time.
I recently decided it would be good to send them. As a resource I didn’t want to throw them away or recycle them. But decided I’d prefer to send them.
I came across blogger Snail Mel and after reading for a moment realised that she had a postcard brainwave. She was using an online resource to send her postcards.
What a great idea!
Postcrossings is the site she’s been using. So I decided to give it a whirl.
When you register first you need to send a postcard yourself. You can actually send more than one, it depends because there’s a sliding scale of how many you can send based on how many have already sent and how much you’ve participated in the scheme.
So I dutifully chose a postcard and then got some stamps and registered with the website.
The cards I posted first was to Russia then I had to wait and see.
Finally after a couple of weeks I got an email notification. The unique ID number that I’d written on the postcard with my message had been registered in Russia. My card had made it there safely after all!
Now the site would share my information with the sender so that I would receive a postcard too.
In my excitement I registered to send two more postcards to two more people.
Today is the day.
I not one but two postcards!
From Ukraine and the other was from Korea!
I really like this website. I’m not entirely sure whether it really fits with my environmental message on this blog but I am sure that I really like the connection I’ve made across the world in an anti-globalisation way.
Now, I just need a few more stamps..
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...