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Postcrossing Spotlight: Nzqu from Finland!

Anna-Maria (aka Nzqu) is a young mother from Finland. She studied organic gardening & horticulture, and works at a biodynamic farm - so ecology is a theme that is near to her heart!

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!
Nzqu's son mailing some 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.

Nzqu's world map

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.

This is the first postcard I received via Postcrossing, that makes it special. I also like those ancient stone circles, they are so fascinating!

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. :)

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Posted by on 21 Jul, 2014
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33 comments so far

wimdemol, Netherlands
Anna-Maria, thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed very much reading it. :)
Posted by wimdemol on 21 Jul, 2014

9teen87, United States of America
wonderful - thank you for sharing. I like the postcards around your map!
Posted by 9teen87 on 21 Jul, 2014

rosenbusch, Germany
Thank you for the interview....
Posted by rosenbusch on 21 Jul, 2014

aberline, Australia
Nice to read that eventually you couldn't resist postcrossing any longer!
Posted by aberline on 21 Jul, 2014

TedEBear, United States of America
Great interview! You and your son are always welcome to visit Rochester, NY. USA I am sure you'd both enjoy The National Museum of Play.
Posted by TedEBear on 21 Jul, 2014

Luluz, Finland
Your story is like mine - I saw an article of Postcrossing in newspaper, forgot postcrossing for many years and it suddenly was mentioned in newspaper again and I was hooked immediately. The best moment of the day: a cup of coffee and my ipad to see how my mail is travelling.....
Posted by Luluz on 21 Jul, 2014

Luziaceleste, Brazil
Cool! Greetings from Brazil!
Posted by Luziaceleste on 21 Jul, 2014

ned44440, Ireland
Lovely story. It is always wonderful reading these interviews. I love hearing how everyone else got started.
Posted by ned44440 on 21 Jul, 2014

maleko, United States of America
So nice to read about you here, Anna-Maria!
Posted by maleko on 21 Jul, 2014

sandrine4, Finland
Nice to hear your story!
Posted by sandrine4 on 21 Jul, 2014

mingshu, Finland
nice to see you in spotlight :) we´ve met a couple of times too in postcrossing meetings here in Finland ^^ the world map on wall is great, i would mark there places i´ve been to and/or places i really want to go ^^
Posted by mingshu on 22 Jul, 2014

mere5oh, United States of America
I've been sending you lots of cards lately and it's so nice to read more about you! I have the perfect card to send to you next... ;-)
Posted by mere5oh on 22 Jul, 2014

nugget, United States of America
Lovely story. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to attend a meet-up someday. Colorado, anybody?
Posted by nugget on 22 Jul, 2014

Duplevista, United Kingdom
Love the interview Anna Maria, your world map is the same as the one I have in my study! Maybe the London meeting next?
Posted by Duplevista on 22 Jul, 2014

DorotheeB, Germany
Thank you for the interview and the lovely photos, Anna-Maria! I enjoyed meeting you here.
Posted by DorotheeB on 22 Jul, 2014

Sophie54, Netherlands
Lovely interview and great to read how other people get addicted to the same hobbies as me (including Geocaching);-)).
Posted by Sophie54 on 22 Jul, 2014

Duesseljin, Germany
Thank you for the interview. It has been nice to meet you in Aachen. Maybe we meet again at a meeting somewhere.
Posted by Duesseljin on 22 Jul, 2014

fisherman, Ireland
Lovely to meet you here and I hope you will visit us some day.
Posted by fisherman on 22 Jul, 2014

Nzqu, Finland
Thank you for the nice comments! :) @Duplevista: nice that you have the same map! :) I'll definitely try to take part to the London meeting some day. And I hope to meet all the others somewhere some day as well. ;)
Posted by Nzqu on 22 Jul, 2014

nediam_nori, Finland
Hi dear Anna-Maria :) so great to see you in Spotlight :) your map and all the cards around it are awesome!
Posted by nediam_nori on 22 Jul, 2014

Creamo, United States of America
Dear Anna-Maria people like you make the world a wonderful place to live and share!
Posted by Creamo on 22 Jul, 2014

isagv, Germany
Great Spotlight Anna-Maria. It was lovely to meet you in Aachen. :)
Posted by isagv on 22 Jul, 2014

YiliLoh, Malaysia
Greetings fromMalaysia! Thanx for the sharing! :)
Posted by YiliLoh on 23 Jul, 2014

volvomom, United States of America
So happy to see you here! What a wonderful Postcrosser to feature!
Posted by volvomom on 23 Jul, 2014

delta88, Finland
Good one. :)
Posted by delta88 on 24 Jul, 2014

Irishka_te, Ukraine
Hello Anna-Maria! Greetings from Ukraine!
Nice to read about you here!!! All the best for you and your son! :)
Posted by Irishka_te on 24 Jul, 2014

tsvetana, Bulgaria
Great to read an interview with you, Anna-Maria! :) I'm happy to be among the people with whom you exchange postcards! :)
Posted by tsvetana on 24 Jul, 2014

cristal6, United Kingdom
Hi Anne-Marie, so nice to read you great spotlight:-)
Posted by cristal6 on 24 Jul, 2014

merkje69, Netherlands
All best to you and your son. A real feel good moment to read your story...
Posted by merkje69 on 24 Jul, 2014

zomertje, Netherlands
Great story!!!! I enjoyed it very much best wishes to you and your son from the netherlands
Posted by zomertje on 24 Jul, 2014

Robert-in-Australia, Australia
Hi Anna-Marie . Great story and nice to hear from you .. what about your son ? a junior post-crosser ? Sent me your address and I will mail him a postcard of a real horse and cart like his great-grandpa had before cars were invented !!
Posted by Robert-in-Australia on 25 Jul, 2014

geminiscp, Portugal
Nice story! :)
Posted by geminiscp on 25 Jul, 2014

cuauhtemoc, Mexico
I just received a lovely postcard from you, and when I was browsing the blog I thought: "Hey, I know Nzqu!" Thank you!
Posted by cuauhtemoc on 1 Aug, 2014

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