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When was the last time you sent or received a postcard?

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KatieP

It’s easy to keep in contact with anyone, anywhere in the world nowadays. Email, Skype and Facebook all provide a free easy to use service and even texts and calls can cost less than you think in today’s society. Staying in touch with loved ones and friends has never been so easy or cheap. So why during my past four months spent living abroad, have I sent over 60 postcards from Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and different parts of Germany?

When you look at it like that it perhaps seems a little silly and maybe quite expensive with each postcard varying in price between 30 cents and one euro and with a further cost of stamps at 70-80 cents each, it can of course soon add up. I have cheated a little though and put a few postcards together in envelopes. For me though, it’s completely worth it!
I absolutely love receiving post from people especially postcards as I think they’re a nice way to show the people you care about the sights you’ve seen and also let them know you’re thinking about them during your travels. Since I sent my first postcard home in July it has become an obsessive routine now that I will send one from each new place I visit and I only realised today how many that has actually added up to. I also still have a further ten months abroad so imagine how many more are going to be sent!

Since I have started sending these postcards, I have received a few from people that I maybe would not have received before, so perhaps it has triggered some kind of feeling or thoughts within people? I’m not too sure. I will be carrying on with my efforts though.

Every time I send postcards home I receive a little message from my parents and grandparents thanking me and commenting on my travels. Even today my mum messaged me telling me she thinks they are nice to receive so she can see where I have been and what I have been up to. This makes me feel that despite the cost and the effort I go through to find and send the postcards, they are always appreciated.

How about you though, when was the last time you sent one? Have you ever sent one? Or do you just think I’m crazy?

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When was the last time you sent or received a postcard? 

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jenroyce 26 September, 2014 - 09:45

The last time I did that to distributes more than 150 postcards sent to many of my friends and family during holiday season. All were printed in digital printing.,

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June 30 October, 2013 - 15:44

The last time I received a postcard was the Christmas of 5 years ago. We was in grade 5, which meant we were about to leave our primary school. My friends seemed to appreciate this time very much and so did I. They gave me some lollipops and 2 beautiful postcards. I read every word carefully and I almost cried. That was the first time and also the last time I had received a postcard.

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hana13 29 October, 2013 - 16:18

I have never sent a postcard but, I think it's nice to get back to the old days.
It's not just only about technology... :D
Hello from Montenegro :*

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Natalija 28 October, 2013 - 17:10

Actually, I can't remember the last time I received a postcard. It must be many years ago :-(.

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MALINE 27 October, 2013 - 14:54

I love writing on paper it is easier to write your thoughts and it gives you time to think what you want to say and it flows better.

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KatieP 28 October, 2013 - 11:22

I agree! Although I often think too fast and make a mistake which I can't erase as I always write in pen. Crossing out things in letters is the one thing I hate about writing them.

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Lavender 27 October, 2013 - 10:01

The last time I sent a letter is when I was a little kid. At that time my family didn't have telephone, and my grandparents were still alive.
The last time I received a postcard is 1 year ago. It was a Woman Day so all the boys in my class wrote a postcard and sent them randomly to a girl. It was very cute I miss it.
The last time I sent a postcard, actually it was just a note, is a month ago. I sent to my friend, I thought handwriting is more meaningful than boring typing. Also I my handwriting is good :))

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KatieP 28 October, 2013 - 11:20

You're right it is easier (and cheaper) but I'm still quite keen on sending my postcards alongside emails :)

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Harabeli Supersweet 25 October, 2013 - 15:38

It was last Christmas. I send many postcards every year, around 50. I think it's a really special way to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If I'm lucky enogh, I receive 2 or 3. But now people get tired of writing things by their hand, so it's really rare to receive a postcard. I feel so good when I'm writing postcards and I think about people that will receive them, my friends, teachers, relatives. At least, they give me a smile and they thank me.

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KatieP 27 October, 2013 - 09:50

That's great to hear! I'm glad I'm not the only one still writing things by hand and I agree that it is a special way to share a message :) So far this year I have received nine back as opposed to normally only receiving one or two so perhaps if I keep sending, I will hopefully keep receiving.

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