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Postcrossing Spotlight: mondkind in Hamburg, Germany

Nicole (aka Mondkind), from Hamburg, is a regular at the yearly Postcrossing meetings in Bielefeld. She has a fondness for small knitting and crochet projects... and big books! Here is what she had to say to our interview questions:

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

While reading another blog I was aware of Bookcrossing and after looking around for a while, I discovered the Postcrossing website. I was fascinated by the thought of getting mail from all corners of the world and to see places that I did not even know existed. I signed up immediately, and the next day I sent the first five postcards.

When I received my first postcard and read the very kind message, I instantly took a new address and from this moment I knew... I wanted to receive a lot more postcards. I was infected with the Postcrossing virus!

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

One of my favorite postcards is my first one, which came from Riga with kind words on it.

Here are some other postcards I like:

KG-564

KG-564 is one of the postcards with the smallest postcard ID I have ever received.

RO-30290

RO-30290 shows the famous Dracula castle! I love many other postcards, like for instance JM-722 or ZA-13315.

Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?

Any postcard is a surprise for me. When I open my mailbox, I never know what is inside, how many cards are there, where are they from, who was picked to write me. But it is always a special surprise when a card comes from a far away country or a country from which I hadn't received a card so far!

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

This is my mailbox.

Nicole's cards

This is an album I've made for very nice postcards and stamps.

Nicole's postbox

And here's my postbox, and a wine box where I store my postcards to send!

Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?

Yes, my son Loris joined Postcrossing, too. I think it’s a good way to improve his English and he likes to get nice postcards.

And perhaps the owner of a lovely small shop - he was surprised because I bought so much of his very nice postcards... I told him about Postcrossing and he was very excited and curious. And perhaps he is now already one of us... :)

Have you met any other members in real life?

Yes, of course. I've attended the international Postcrossing meeting in Bielefeld twice, and several other meetups in Germany. Some here in Hamburg, two times in Berlin... I've even organised a mini-meeting in my house!

I am happy because I've developed some really great friendships developed through Postcrossing.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I love to read historical novels and detective stories. I have a weakness for thick books. Rebecca Gablé is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy knitting and to crocheting small things. I am too impatient for large projects!


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24 comments so far

drakrana, India
one wonderful postcrosser :)))))))
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MissMaple, Netherlands
I remember a wonderful meeting at your house! Can't wait for the next one
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Nordbaer, Germany
The best moonchild ever!
:-)))
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turtles, Germany
I know the mailbox :) some of my postcards wind up in that mailbox...
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HM, Netherlands
I love the wooden winebox-storing! Nice to read this blog.
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postmuse, United States of America
The wine box storage is fabulous. And that silvery mailbox is so neat ... very secure and big! Looks like the top opens up so the carrier can drop the mail in ... I bet it makes a satisfying "THUNK." The old fashion version of "You've got mail!"
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DorotheeB, Germany
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading the article very much!
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ipuenktchen, Iran
hi, mondkindchen!!!!! great to see you as the spotlight!!!!!!!!!! and I met you and your son in person in HH - and it's always a great souvenir for me - it was the day when I had broken my foot... oh my god, but also the day when I met mondkind & turtles for my first time and love them both!! :-)))))))))))))))))) postcrossing is great, not only for postcards, also for friendship!! you're right!! thank you for the nice interview!!
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kugusch, Germany
Congrats on making the spotlight, mondkind, it's always nice to "see" you!
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sumares, Puerto Rico
I'm loving the Tasmanian devil (?) postcard seen in the album! The large and secure personal mailbox is a must! I, too, would want a roomy mailbox to receive lots of mail and make sure it's safe.
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lucymonty, United Kingdom
Love that Dracula castle card! How nice that your son is taking part now too :-D
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apelila, United States of America
I like big books (too) and I can not lie!
Some beautiful cards you have received!
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Zenaida, Canada
Beautiful album!
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Loli-ts, Spain
"I was infected with the Postcrossing virus". Oh yeah!!!
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rosenbusch, Germany
Hello "Mondkind" - a great story....
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chrissybaby, Ireland
Nice to see you here in the Spotlight interview :) Hope to meet up with you soon again :)
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Bluma, United States of America
I love getting to know fellow postcrossers and their mailboxes!
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idus, Germany
Very interesting!
Keep the series going!*thumbs up*
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PeiHsin, Taiwan
a wine box is perfect size for postcards!
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dollart, Finland
great interview of dear postcrosser :) Hope to meet you again in another postcrossing meetup.
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YiliLoh, Malaysia
Thanx for sharing! very interesting!
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Klausdiemaus, Germany
purr purr purr...
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isagv, Germany
Lovely interview. Great to see you at the spotlight Mondkind. You are very special. Say hi to the kids!!!
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mondkind, Germany
thank you all for the kind words :)
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