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Attending a Postcrossing meetup in Cologne

Last weekend, we brought the Little Mail Carrier's cousin along for a trip to Cologne, where the latest Postcrossing meetup took place. He was really excited about it - here is his account of the day! :)

I'm a Priority Mail Carrier!

Hi everyone! Last weekend, I travelled to Cologne (or Köln, as they say in German) to see the city and meet the local postcrossers... I didn't know much about the city beforehand, so the first thing I noticed was their huge Gothic cathedral, right in front of the train station!

Whoa... they sure know how to build big churches around here...

Whoa... look at that! It's just... massive! Did you know it is a UNESCO World heritage site, and the most visited landmark in Germany? I couldn't wait to get inside and have a closer look...

That looks like a lot of work... Do you think they'll play the organ for me?

I could have spent hours there, just wandering around, admiring the stained glass windows, tiled floors and golden relics...

Don't step on me!

The Hohenzollern bridge that crosses the Rhine just in front of the cathedral was also quite impressive! All the fences were covered in love padlocks... how sweet!

There sure is a lot of love in Cologne...

But enough of culture and sightseeing - it was time for shopping! We hopped on Isagv's backpack and off we went!

I wonder if they'll let me ride one of these cute horses later...

Our first stop was at the Maus shop! You might have seen this orange mouse on German postcards before... he's really famous around here! Maus stars in a beloved children's cartoon called Die Sendung mit der Maus (The program with the mouse) which first aired in Germany in 1971. We hanged out for a bit, and I tried to get him to share the secret of his success, but he didn't talk much...

Maus might not talk much, but he sure is fluffy!

After that, it was time for proper postcard shopping! Cologne has a neat postcard shop, the Walther Königs Postkartenladen. Inside, thousands of postcards awaited the eager hands of the many postcrossers...

Postcard heaven - this way! Postcards! Postcards! Postcards!

When all our bags were filled with postcards and our bellies started to rumble, we headed down to the riverside for mealtime. The food was nice, but everyone was more interested in the postcards! As soon as the plates were cleared, we all started to write, sign and stamp the many many postcards...

Yay! Postcards!

... which were then sent on their way around the world, to the mailboxes of other eager postcrossers and friends!


When it was finally time to say good-bye and head off home, my cheeks were hurting from so much smiling and smiling! A big thank you to everyone who attended for this lovely experience - it was great to meet you all!

Lovely group! :)

Group photo by Isagv on Flickr, where you can see more photos from this meetup.

Would you like to meet other postcrossers too? Check the forum for future meetups in your area - or if there are none, just start one!

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Posted by on 21 Mar, 2013
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27 comments so far

dogma7911, Germany
*thumbs-up* Always a pleasure to meet you guys :D
Posted by dogma7911 on 21 Mar, 2013

xtlera, Germany
yesm it was a really special day :) I enjoyed it so much. It was great to meet you again - like always :)
Posted by xtlera on 21 Mar, 2013

turtles, Germany
I love the photos - nice to see the Little Mail Carrier's cousin again and all the other known and unknown faces.
Hope, you had a really good time in Cologne :)
Posted by turtles on 21 Mar, 2013

isagv, Germany
woohooh, what a great blog entry!!! Hope to see you again soon!
Posted by isagv on 21 Mar, 2013

vanyratte, Germany
ooh so lovely!!! btw there is gonna be a meetup in munich in march :)
Posted by vanyratte on 21 Mar, 2013

Zwiebelbaguette, Germany
It was a great day and so much fun to meet everyone. I'm absolutely looking foward the next meeting and thanks again for the nice blog-entry ana. =D
Posted by Zwiebelbaguette on 21 Mar, 2013

Kelpie, Russia
It's great! I wish I was there with you)
Posted by Kelpie on 21 Mar, 2013

9teen87, United States of America
looks like a lot of fun! I see a few faces I know :-)
Posted by 9teen87 on 21 Mar, 2013

Katrientje, Belgium
Great review! must have been a wonderful day! :-)
Posted by Katrientje on 21 Mar, 2013

Duesseljin, Germany
It was my first meeting, but certainly not my last! It was really great to meet some fellow Postcrossers in person.
Posted by Duesseljin on 21 Mar, 2013

gran10, United Kingdom
I'm honoured - my Postcrossing keyring is featured with the little man himself!! I hope he'll be visiting us in London :)
Posted by gran10 on 21 Mar, 2013

DorotheeB, Germany
Thanks for the great report. I attended the meetup in Cologne, it was my first one, and I enjoyed it. So nice to meet all those other Postcrossers - and to sign all those postcards that go out to postcard lovers all over the world.
Posted by DorotheeB on 21 Mar, 2013

Modernist, Germany
I had a lot of fun this day, it was a wonderful meeting. Thanks to the organizers and thanks for the great report and pictures.
Posted by Modernist on 21 Mar, 2013

BayouGal, United States of America
Thanks for the wonderful "view" of a postcrossing meetup! I hope to attend one some day. Love this website!
Posted by BayouGal on 22 Mar, 2013

YITICH, Taiwan
Happy Meetup Day: )
Posted by YITICH on 22 Mar, 2013

dollart, Finland
great photos and story Ana :) Meetups in Köln are always so much fun. Thank you for 3 meetup cards Isagv, Sofa and Xtlera dear friends.
Posted by dollart on 22 Mar, 2013

dandilion, Netherlands
Wish I could have been there with you guys! I bet you had fun with out me anyway ;-)
Posted by dandilion on 22 Mar, 2013

allthesame, United Kingdom
hurray:) i received postcard from this meeting:)
Posted by allthesame on 22 Mar, 2013

Luziaceleste, Brazil
Nice pics because it must have been a very nice meeting! Wish to take part in one of these some day :)
Posted by Luziaceleste on 22 Mar, 2013

mollyhb72, United States of America
Great to read about the meeting in Cologne! I was so happy to get a card from the meetup. . . thank you Lone and to everyone who signed. :-)
Posted by mollyhb72 on 22 Mar, 2013

geminiscp, Portugal
Thanks for the photos, nice memories from my meeting in Cologne... :)
Posted by geminiscp on 22 Mar, 2013

Fabi, Germany
It was a really wonderful meeting
Posted by Fabi on 22 Mar, 2013

TonyGv, Spain
What a great meeting,how much i like germany¡¡¡¡¡
Posted by TonyGv on 24 Mar, 2013

bodrumlu, Turkey
Posted by bodrumlu on 26 Mar, 2013

torstis, Finland
I was one of the lucky ones who received a postcard from Cologne meeting:
It is a great postcard of the Severn bridge for my bridge postcard collection, thanks a lot for it:
Posted by torstis on 30 Mar, 2013

ipuenktchen, Iran
great pics and nice posting!!! and nice to see the cousin of the little mail carriers!!!! in 2008 I had my first meeting, and it was in cologne, too!! *smile*
Posted by ipuenktchen on 5 Apr, 2013

HM, Netherlands
I enjoyed reading, I'm always curious where the little Paulo and little Ana will show up. Recently I visited the Playmobil Factory at Malta and I saw one huge mailcarrier, I'm from the postcards and never take photo's - they had no postcards for sale!!
Posted by HM on 19 Apr, 2013

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