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Last week I came across a site called “Postcrossing“.

I was interested to find out what “postcrossing” is all about – The postcard crossing project “send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!”. It’s actually very simple and in our digital age it’s fun to write and send a physical postcard.

The project

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Why? Because, like the author, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises – and who wouldn’t like that?

Source: Postcrossing site

How does it work?

First, the short version:

  1. request an address from the website
  2. mail the postcard to the address
  3. wait to receive a postcard
  4. register the received postcard in the system

The first step is to request to send a postcard. The website will display (and send you an e-mail) with the address of another member and a Postcard ID (e.g.: US-786). You then mail a postcard to that member.

The member receives the postcard and registers it using the Postcard ID that is on the postcard. At this point, you are eligible to receive a postcard from another user. You are now in line for the next person that requests to send a postcard. Where the postcard comes from is a surprise!

You can have up to 5 postcards traveling at any single time. Every time one of the postcards you send is registered, you can request another address. The number of postcards allowed to travel at any single time goes up the more postcards you send!

Source: Postcrossing site

I registered and gave it a try by sending 2 of 5 possible postcards.

Now I have to sit and wait until the recipients will register my postcard as received. I also wonder if and when I will receive my first postcard from somewhere around the world.

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