Postcrossing Spotlight: Nzqu from Finland!
Here is what she had to say:
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
I saw a short article about Postcrossing in a magazine many years ago. I didn't join then, but I thought about it occasionally during a couple of years. Then my son was born, and I didn't have that much time for my penpals anymore. I missed getting mail, though, so after seeing Postcrossing mentioned somewhere again, I decided to join. It was so great to write and receive mail, to read about the lives of different people and to see places I'll never be able to visit myself.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I'm a handicraft addict. I knit, crochet and make macrame, among many other crafts. I have penfriends all over the world - now I have more time to write letters again! I'm an active member of the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group, and try to take part to some activities of Finland's Nature Conservation Association. I have always been a bookworm, and I have several full bookcases at home. After meeting other postcrossers, I have also got into Bookcrossing and Geocaching.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
My son mailing some postcards. I use that mailbox quite often, even though it's not the nearest one. It's because there is a small service point of Finland's Post, so I can buy stamps also.
And this is the world map I have over my desk. I have placed some of the beautiful cards I've received around it.
- What is your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
Hearing the slam of my letterbox! :) I also enjoy selecting cards to the recipients, especially if I can find a card that's on their favorites.
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
- Have you met any other members in real life?
Yes I have, and meeting them makes this hobby even more fun! We have meetings quite regularly here in my hometown Järvenpää. There are only few of us, but we have a great time writing postcards at the local yarn store/café about once a month. I also like to travel to other towns and cities, if possible, to meet fellow Postcrossers.
The biggest meeting so far was the International Meet-up in Helsinki last August (2013), and there I met Katja from Germany. We kept in touch, and last January I traveled to Germany and took part to a meeting in Aachen. That was so great! I warmly recommend the Postcrossing meetings to everyone, it's great to get to know different people - and to talk about postcards! :)
- Is there anything that you are passionate about?
I try my best to be 'green'. I have studied organic gardening, and like to support organic agriculture whenever it's possible. I am a bit of an idealistic, but I do want to believe that there are other better, possible ways to live. Buying tons of postcards doesn't really help, but I think there are more harmful hobbies in this world. :)