I have just reached a major milestone. I have sent (and had received) 20 postcrossing postards - Yippee!
What's the big deal? Well, when you start out on postcrossing you can only send to five addresses... but once you reach 20 sent postards (they have to be registered on the site from the recipient) then you can begin sending six. And when you get to 40 sent postcards, you can send to seven people at a time, and so on and so forth. It all adds up to a wonderful maelstrom of postcards constantly flying around the globe.
It is hard for me to believe that a few months ago I had not even heard of Postcrossing. Now I am completely hooked. I have received postcards from all around the world. Yesterday I got my first one from France - I was thrilled as I'm rather obsessed with all things French.
What I love, I think, is the randomness of postcrossing. You never know who is sending you a postard; you don't know when it will arrive; you don't know what country it will be from; you don't know what the sender will write. And sometimes, someone you send to or receive a postcard from 'clicks' and you end up becoming regular correspondents. Even in the short time I have been doing this, I've gained four penpals through it.
The only problem I have now is what to do with all the cards! My kitchen wall is filling up quickly. Do I just tuck them away in shoe boxes, or put them in albums? I'd be interested to know what others who participate in Postcrossing do... I'm sure there are some very creative solutions out there. Hmmm.. perhaps I could wallpaper my whole house with them?....
In the meantime, here are some of my favourite postcrossing postcards:
From Mounet in the Netherlands. Doesn't it just sing "Summer"?
A self-portrait of Pablo Picasso sent from Hawkk in Portland, Oregon.
Moscow has been having a heatwave lately, and apple_jane writes that she and her fellow Muscovites are all moving like zombies!
Now, must run as I have two new postcrossing cards to send. :-)
Love from Kaz