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Ruan from South Africa has an interesting request on his profile: he wants to learn which are the cool (pop&rock) bands in other countries and asks postcrossers to talk about them. We think that’s quite a fun way to learn about music and other cultures, don’t you think?
Here’s what he has to say about his Postcrossing hobby.

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

I first read about Postcrossing in a local stamp collector’s magazine, and then forgot about it. Months later I remembered again, and thought I’d just have a look to see what all the fuss was about. Well, I got 100% addicted straight away! I love the randomness of the project – to hold in my hand an object chosen specifically for me and sent halfway around the world by a stranger; and then to return the favour. It’s great to be able to exchange ideas and information with people you would propably never meet.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I also collect stamps, I have a large music collection, do a bit of gardening, and when the mood grips me, I imagine myself to be an amateur artist.

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

This is the post ofice where I do all my postal bussiness.

aardvark post office

This is the posting box where I send all my cards and letters.

aardvark posting box

And this is the mail collection point where I receive all my mail. I have circled my box.

aardvark mail collection

At first, I kept all my received postcards in a box, sorted by country. We are now busy putting a selection of interesting cards up on a wall in the passage, hoping to have the entire wall covered soon!

aardvark wall

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

If I had to try to pick only a few favourites, I’d still end up with almost a hundred! So thanx to all the wonderful people in the Postcrossing community whose thoughtfulness never ceases to surprise me.


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19 comments so far

tessa2809, Netherlands
Asking for local music and bands is indeed a great way to get to know a country - I've learned quite a few nice bands through Postcrossing! I'll make sure to check out Aardvark's recommendations (I have a weakness for South Africa). And putting cards into frames is so much better than leaving them in a box :)

klausdiemaus, Germany
Great to see you here!
I remember sending you a card in August...

Bixie, United States of America
Hi Ruan,

Nice to "hear" from you again! It is so great to see where some of the most beautiful cards in my collection came from!
Thank You!!!!!

lieselgrobler, South Africa
Yay, a profile from South Africa - go Ruan! I love your idea of hanging the postcards in frames - it looks great. From fellow SAcan Postcrossers, Liesel, Meghan & Nicole

Saintois, Belgium
Ruan send me a nice card a while a go and it is one of my favorite.

Ivana26, Czech Republic
Hi Ruan,I sent you a postcard in September.Good idea to change the greeting cards and music.Ahoj from Czech Republic.Ivana

Blogger, United States of America
I LOVE the wall! Fantastic idea.

jarezien, France
Thanks to Ruan, I now know the singer Karen Zoid and her wonderful song "Aeroplane Jane". I like this song so much !
You have great tastes, Ruan !

Luziaceleste, Brazil
Lovely wall!

moonlessnite, Canada
When I get your name, I will have fun listing the many great R&R groups in CANADA. I enjoyed reading your profile.

lucymonty, United Kingdom
Great to meet you Ruan :-D Your wall is looking good!

FloridaGirl, United States of America
I like your idea about music and your wall is great.

Luxi, Luxembourg
What a great idea with that wall ;-)

mingshu, Finland
it is really nice idea to display postcards :)

Robin67, Austria
Nice to see you here, Ruan! :-)

Aaaawww, to frame all the cards, soon you'll have to live in a palace for all cards to fit. :-D

Cool to see the post office and mailbox, I doubt I ever will, but I'd love to mail some cards from South Africa myself one day.

Happy Postcrossing!!!!

isagv, Germany
Congrats for being in the spotlight! :)

squino, Italy
Hey, we had the same idea about music: it's very interesting.
By the way: the Parlotones are touring Italy in this period.

dianaf, Netherlands
Did anyone notice that the majority of postcrossers in spotlight are unable to point out a favourite card. :-)

snosrap, Canada
Hi! Great collection and good ideas for presenting cards. Do you do direct swaps?