Blog > Postcrossing Spotlight: PilotOne from Portugal
Meet José (aka PilotOne) from Portugal. He’s a flight simulator fan, and an enthusiastic member of the Postcrossing community in Portugal – he even gave an interview about Postcrossing on TV once!
Here is what he had to say to our interview questions:
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
I joined the Postcrossing project on the 30th September 2009 and in fact I can’t remember how I learned about it! I believe however that it was through any article I read online. What keeps me active on the project is to become aware of other cultures, languages, ways of living and even some cases of life that are reported by some of the members in their profiles. To share all this is what fascinates me most in Postcrossing.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
Yes, although Postcrossing occupy some of my free time, I enjoy modeling and also dedicate much of my time to virtual aviation with my own flight simulator equipment. Photography and reading a good book are also habits that I practice very regularly.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
You can see my mailbox on the first picture above, and here I am at the local Post Office:
This is the post box where I mail my cards from:
Below on the left is my stock of to-send cards, and on the right, my received postcards:
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
- Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?
When I gave a TV interview about Postcrossing in October 2010 and we all felt a marked increase of new subscribers in Portugal, so I hope some of them have really got addicted to the project. Personally I also contributed to the dissemination of the project by friends, explaining them how everything works from the first requested addresses.
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
The most exciting and favorite moment is to read the cards I receive and also to the countries they are coming from.
Registration process is also a big moment, as I can 'see’ (most of the times) the photo of the sender and also read his/her profile.
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
I’ve been very excited when I received a card from Paraguay with a small ID. At that time I’ve checked the Postcrossing registration system and it was the 1st card from Paraguay received in Portugal. You can see it here.
My recently sent PT-266410 (still traveling) to Liechtenstein also made me happy as there are only 4 Postcrossing members on this Principality, so there was a very small chance for this to happen!
- Have you met any other members in real life?
Yes many times! I use to attend local small meetings or just combine to have lunch or a dinner together with some members (we call it a meeting!) where we always finish with a card-writing session! I’ve also attended different International Postcrossing Meetings in Portugal that really had a large number of foreign members!