Celebrating My 5 Years Of Postcrossing
Haven’t you joined Postcrosing yet? If so, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.
In 2015, I made a friend with someone from Russia through Interpals. Her name is Alexandra, she just starting college at that time. She is nice and full of ideas. I told her that I was into snail mail and really want to send the real mail delivered by postal system. She introduced everything related to Postcrossing, why I should joined it and yes, she also gave me her address so that I could send her a postcard. Things sort of went delight from that point.
Postcrossing is a project that allows you to send and receive the real postcard (not electronic) from random people around the world. It basically works like this:
#1. Request an address and Postcard ID. Write a friendly message to them. It could be your hobbies, the books you are currently reading, greet them in their native language, your pet, your traveling plan, boyfriend, family, interesting facts about you, a story of postcard image you are sending to them. Just write anything that come to your mind! You can also decorate your postcard with stickers or cute stamps to make it look more adorable.
#2. Mail the postcards on your nearest post office. Don’t forget the stamps. For the Europe and USA region, I usually bought around Rp.12000 per each postcard and for the Asia is Rp. 8000–10000.
#3. Wait patiently. You can not track down the status of postcards because you are only using stamps to send it. When your postcards arrives, its recipient will register it using its Postcard ID.
#4. Receive a postcard from another postcrosser! For every postcard you send, you’ll receive one back from another random member — and the more you send, the more you will receive.
Postcrossing is only to send cards (real paper ones) to the people you don’t know and to get some back from those you neither know. Lot of surprises. I have sent and received cards from over 25 different countries. The majority of my cards have gone to Germany, Russia, and U.S. The shortest amount of travel a postcard has taken to get to recipient was 15 days to Australia. The longest travel time was 117 days for a postcard to Latvia.
If you love letter-writing, snail mail, and learning about others , this is going to be right up your street.
We can not request what type of postcard that we want, but you can write your interest in your bio. Mine goes like : “I’d love any small extra you could include if you use an envelope like a coin, recipe, stickers, or just an article. I don’t wish to receive anything of value, I would just enjoy looking at special items from another country”. Sometimes it works! I once received a postcard from Poland (thanks a lot Karolina Potempa!) wrapped in wide thick envelope with an ample of cute stamps all over it, a coin, tea bag, sample of art gallery card and she even gave me another new postcard. I am thrilled that some people out there kindly take a look at details and generous at the same time.
I love reading about their towns, their well-known architecture building, countries and reading a little bit about their lives. It is a lovely way to embrace each other’s differences as well as the things we have in common that bond us together.