Postcrossing Spotlight: mondkind in Hamburg, Germany
Nicole (aka Mondkind), from Hamburg, is a regular at the yearly Postcrossing meetings in Bielefeld. She has a fondness for small knitting and crochet projects... and big books! Here is what she had to say to our interview questions:
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
While reading another blog I was aware of Bookcrossing and after looking around for a while, I discovered the Postcrossing website. I was fascinated by the thought of getting mail from all corners of the world and to see places that I did not even know existed. I signed up immediately, and the next day I sent the first five postcards.
When I received my first postcard and read the very kind message, I instantly took a new address and from this moment I knew... I wanted to receive a lot more postcards. I was infected with the Postcrossing virus!
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
Any postcard is a surprise for me. When I open my mailbox, I never know what is inside, how many cards are there, where are they from, who was picked to write me. But it is always a special surprise when a card comes from a far away country or a country from which I hadn't received a card so far!
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
This is my mailbox.
This is an album I've made for very nice postcards and stamps.
And here's my postbox, and a wine box where I store my postcards to send!
- Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?
Yes, my son Loris joined Postcrossing, too. I think it’s a good way to improve his English and he likes to get nice postcards.
And perhaps the owner of a lovely small shop - he was surprised because I bought so much of his very nice postcards... I told him about Postcrossing and he was very excited and curious. And perhaps he is now already one of us... :)
- Have you met any other members in real life?
Yes, of course. I've attended the international Postcrossing meeting in Bielefeld twice, and several other meetups in Germany. Some here in Hamburg, two times in Berlin... I've even organised a mini-meeting in my house!
I am happy because I've developed some really great friendships developed through Postcrossing.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I love to read historical novels and detective stories. I have a weakness for thick books. Rebecca Gablé is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy knitting and to crocheting small things. I am too impatient for large projects!