52 letters in 2018 (week 4): Mail global

Week 4 (January 22-28): Mail a postcard or letter to another country.

Last week was all about going local, and the week of January 22-28 is about mailing internationally. My career has given me the opportunity to travel to a few other countries over the years, and my winning personality (*cough*) has allowed me to make friends located around the world. Thus, I’m fortunate enough to have pen pals around the globe.

Still, last week I was excited to learn about Postcrossing, which helps people send and receive postcards from around the world. I signed up immediately and have already mailed postcards to strangers in Germany and Russia.

octo2_sm(Notice how I combined last week’s challenge with this week’s? Two birds, two postcards!)

The service is free and easy to use, so I encourage you to check it out. Apparently a friend of mine already has photo albums full of cards she’s received from around the world via Postcrossing, which made me incredibly jealous and now I am 100% challenge accepted.

I told another friend about the site, and the conversation went like this:

Me: I signed up to get a random pen pal in another part of the world.
Rebecca: Will they be in prison? I always wanted a prison pen pal.

To my knowledge, this isn’t a prison pen pal program, so if that’s what floats your boat, you’ll have to do an online search to find a different site to set you up with a convict.

I keep a few sheets of global postage on hand, and the convenient thing about them is that the same stamps work for postcards or letters in envelopes. If you need to make a special trip to the post office to get global stamps, you might want to see what other stamps they have right now. For example, I was thrilled to find a stash of Star Trek, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix USA 1st class stamps this week, and I stocked up.

stamps_smHappy mailing!

  1. Week 1 (January 1-7): Send a Happy New Year’s note.
  2. Week 2 (January 8-14): Send a Thank You note.
  3. Week 3 (January 15-21): Send a postcard from your community.
  4. Week 4 (January 22-28): Mail a postcard or letter to another country.