Whoa, I got a card this week from Rwanda!
The only postcard interaction I’ve previously had with Africa was with South Africa. Usually with Postcrossing, it’s EuropeEuropeEurope, so this was a thrill. I can tell that getting a card from Rwanda is a true Postcrossing rarity, as their ID codes are still below 200 (compare that to 7-digit codes for U.S. senders).
The card is from Kigali, Rwanda, and the sender tells me:
“Greetings from Rwanda, a tiny country in central east Africa. It truly earns its nickname of Land of a Thousand Hills. Two big exports are coffee and tea. The leaves are picked by hand. This country has come a long way in 20 years but there is still a lot of poverty.”
Getting back to EuropeEuropeEurope, the Vanity Fair card is from Hagen, Germany, from a sender who has herself been on a long, strange trip:
“A few days ago, I returned from a journey to New Jersey, Maine, and Canada. Everything was great – the people, the countryside, the hotels…”
Finally, there is the still life, and a story to go with it.
That card is from Minsk, Belarus, and it reads:
“I don’t know that about what I can write to you. My tastes are very unusual. I love traveling. I traveled almost half of the globe. You can send me a postcard with interesting places of the area where you live.”
Wha’?!? No, and here’s why: don’t tell me you don’t know what to write to me–and then ask me to send you something! Also, the postcard was half-blank: the solicitation you see was followed by blank space equal in volume to the part of the card which bore writing. Also missing: the Postcrossing I.D. I had to go through the process on the website to provide all the information about the card I could, so that the Postcrossing detectives could hunt down the
perp sender. Which they did.
Now that I was able to go in & see who she is, I can see she is quite new to the game: she’s been in just over 2 weeks, and mine is only the second of her cards to have “landed.” She also looks quite young: perhaps preteen. Of course, that is no excuse whatsoever: I certainly could have managed to bang out more than 3 lines on a postcard before I started in with requests. I am relieved, though, that this was not an adult 300 cards into the game sending out something like this!