I have just registered with Postcrossing, the 'project that allows anyone to receive postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world'. I think, in this fast paced world of technology we live in, there is nothing better than receiving a letter or package through the old fashioned postal system. What adds to this, is the surprise element of receiving something from someone you are not expecting and from someone you don't know from around the world.
The project is so delightfully old-fashioned, you can begin by sending up to 5 postcards which then increases in number the more that you have registered.
I thought I would share with you my very first postcard that I have sent. Once registered, you receive an address which has a little about the person you are sending to and their likes and dislikes. For my first attempt, I was happy to see that this young girl from Finland would,
"...love to have cards with people on them. Old fashioned or black and white cards with people having big feelings (happiness, sadness, enviness, what ever) would make my day.... If you don't know what to write, tell me what have you been doing today, how do you feel right now, what are you dreaming about or something what has happened to you. You can tell a secret that nobody knows, if you wish! I would also love to hear your favourite poems or proverbs... or recipes of your favourite cookies. Any kind of drawings would also be lovely, whether you can or can not draw (in your opinion)".
So the postcard above is the one I chose for her, together with some writing on the back of it. I liked very much her description and I'm looking forward to receiving my first postcard back from another random being from somewhere around the globe.