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Valerie from Paris (but currently in New Zealand) learned about Postcrossing from a penpal site. She is 24 and enjoys riding horses and photography.

How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?

I had been penpalling for a long time and heard about postcrossing on a penpal site. I was moving out of my parents’ place in only a couple of weeks and I thought it was a good idea to get some nice mail in my own new private mailbox. Since then, thousands of postcards and many good friends later, I’m totally addicted. :D

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

Travelling, taking pictures, horse riding (all 3 at the same time is the best)!

Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!

My mailbox is old and ugly; that’s why I need colorful and nice postcards to fill it! My postoffice is not really any better, but I get to post my mail in the bright yellow boxes! I’ve never seen my post(wo)men, so sorry no pictures. I’m not home during the time the mail is delivered. I keep all of my regular size postcards in albums and all oversizes in a big box not counting the ones that are on my walls. I have no idea how many I have.

octabis mailbox
octabis mailbox
Show & tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.

It’s hard to choose one card and usually what makes me like a card is more the message on the back than the picture in front! But I do have one that I find special—one of my first official received from Finland. I’ve said in my profile that I like handmade cards and this girl (14 y/o at the time) sent me a lovely watercolor card she did from the “fox lake” that is near her place. All cards received from my forum friends are so special to me too!

octabis favourite postcard
octabis postcards

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27 comments so far

veer, Belgium
I was a bit surprised when I looked to the profile of Valerie. In this 'interview' I read 'Since then, thousands of postcards and many good friends later, I'm totally addicted', but I saw that she only received 50 cards over 4 years. Is this being totally addicted to postcrossing???

klausdiemaus, Germany
She sure has received thousands of postcards, but not only by official cards. She is an active member of the forum and she really deserves this spotlight.
Congratulations Valerie, we love you!
anagahan, North Macedonia
Val on the spotlight!! YAY!!!!
ferdyaraujo, Portugal
Actually, octabis moved to New Zealand a couple of months ago. Bad timing postcrossing team.
Princess_04, Germany
there are lots of members who prefer the swaps/ tags/ RR and so on instead of official cards!! that's normal!!!!
greetz to OCTABIS!!!!!!!!
hadassah, Finland
Congrats Val!!She is a dear friend and a great postcrosser!:)
katts70, Estonia
Valerie is very active in the postcrossing forum.

Right now ,she isnt so active because,she is in New Zealand:)

Go Val:)
purple_girl, United Kingdom
Yey Valerie!!!!!
Ninocas, Portugal
Valerie!! Great interview!! We miss you girl :)
adriennegarry, New Zealand
We had Val to stay in our home for a few days here in NZ last month - we had exchanged lots of cards in the forum over the last 4 years and it was a real delight to meet her - I think we sent 20 cards overseas to forum members one day :-))
moonlessnite, Canada
Hey Valerie! I do believe you have received and exchanged thousands of postcards, as I have sent you several. ..I am ashamed to say I wasnt aware that you live in NZ now, but I wish you the best in adventures, both postal and active!
szirmaik, Hungary
gabis, Germany
This fortunately is not normal. Otherwise we would hardly have the four millionth card soon :))
Blogger, United States of America
Yea! I love it when it is someone I've swaped with :D

Great interview - How long are you going to be in New Zealand? This is one of the places I can't wait to visit!!!!
MiaMustikka, Finland
Really cool!!! I always talk about postcrossing and toy voyagers on my letters :D Maybe someone will also find it a cool idea :D
If you still like to have penpals :D write me
Happy Postcrossing!
lapoussine35, France
So great to see someone I know in the spotlight! Have fun in New Zealand Valerie!!!
Synnin, Russia
Awww Valerie, cool to see you here :D:D:D:D
ipuenktchen, Iran
although there are many members doing this, only swapping and trading, I could mention more nicks... beeing active in their own way.
ipuenktchen, Iran
salut, valerie, I'm feeling like moonlessnite.. only understood from the comments of your spotlight that you moved to NZ!!!!!?!?! I wish you a great time there and all the best for your future!!! amities, ipue..
Tjitske, Netherlands
Bonjour Croissant ma petite!!
Great to see you in the spotlight knowing you're now so far away from us euro's. Have a great time and see you on the forum or who knows in Paris!
Hugs, chihuahua
LittleCableCars, United States of America
I discovered Postcrossing on a Geocaching forum. Geocaching at its best is also not about the numbers. Great profile and attitude!!! Yeah!!
ulpa, Poland
felicitations valerie :) yay!!
imajica, Malaysia
oooooooh i have to say something too!! Val rocks!! :D yay to you!
octabis, France
Yay ! I just discovered that I was the spotlight !
Thanks to all for your comments ! I really miss my internet connexion and full mailbox.
But as said above, I' m currently in New Zealand for a year (coming back next january probably)
In answers to those who thinks I shouldn't be the spotlight, I didn't asked to be interviewed, and when I got the email a while ago I also thought it was weird because Im not really active on the official site.
But before moving to the other side of the planet, I used to spend hours a day on the forum, and got so many wonderful cards from there, and made great friends ! I guess that's also the postcrossing spirit !
Kurzwelle, Germany
I would like to get such a postcard, too. :-)
Demondeath2, United States of America
I would like to receive a postcard, thank you.
SLLiew, Malaysia
Hi Valerie (Octabis), Have a great time in the South Pacific islands of New Zealand. You surely deserve to be in the spotlight. I have exchanged and received so many beautiful France postcards with nice stamps from you. In the forum, you have helped many postcrossers to find their missing and favorite postcards. Cheers from Penang Island, Malaysia. SL :)

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