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After Marichie & Annuc1s’ story, a few of you wrote back to us with amazing Postcrossing stories of your own. Today we let Telenn and Amit (who you might remember from his Spotlight interview) take central stage, to tell you the story of how a simple postcard sparked a wonderful transcontinental friendship!

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Telenn recalls:

“It was in August 2012 that I got to send my first official postcard to India. The profile I got belonged to Amit (drakrana). It is the sort of profile you hope for every time clicking “get address”: positive, sunny, inviting, kind, lots of innocent wishes – so picking just the perfect card is not that difficult. As we share the same passion for photography, I sent a self-clicked postcard, showing the windmill near where I was living.

Amit registered my card with a wonderful message in which he described how amazing the card was and the words were full of friendly curiosity about another part of the world.

We added each other on Facebook soon thereafter, and that was the start of a great friendship! We started with our photography interests and shifted to all sort of things. Since The Netherlands and India are such different countries culturally and geographically, we had lots to talk about! We swapped a few more cards, skyped, shared photos of local activities, and exchanged views on cultural differences and life stories about family, friends, daily life…

I even gained an interest in India and its culture and I started a collection of not only postcards but also small statuettes, magnets, keychains and other items. By then, even family, friends and colleagues became involved, receiving gifts from the other side of the world.

Postcards and souvenirs

I experienced quite a rough time the last few months of 2012 (I got a burnout and things only seemed to get worse at the time) and Amit, a doctor by profession, was always there to give life a positive twist, some cheering talk and telling me all will be well and how to cope up with mental stress in such a time. I’m not there yet but I picked up at least a little of that positive attitude and things are heading in the right direction now."

Amit continues this heart touching story by saying:

“The friendship reached its next level when in June 2013 I planned a month long trip to Europe. I had never travelled out of India and was a bit reluctant before, but I was so much interested in Europe and its culture and with knowing Telenn, I had a basic idea that it wouldn’t be too difficult for me to acclimatise to a new place. I wanted to see it all by myself and not with a tour agent, I wanted to get a feel of life in Europe and not just be a tourist. Telenn helped me plan this trip – France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy were all part of the itinerary and a small meetup with great Postcrossing friends of mine in Amsterdam was also included."

Telenn and Amit's trips

About the trip, Telenn continues:

“On June 1, Amit and I met for the first time near the majestic Eiffel Tower. We were a bit apprehensive, as online and offline things are so different… but it was actually a very smooth transition! We were instantly good friends in real life too. We both were accompanied by friends who got along great as well, and everybody around us saw the true power of Postcrossing. And so we had a splendid time at Palais de Versailles, Sacré-Couer and Disneyland (Amit’ s childhood dream, where we finally dragged him into the scary gigantic roller-coasters…). The holiday home was soon a place of cards, stamps, pens and address books, sharing the adventures with our friends worldwide, who were in our minds all the time.
Telenn and Amit's trips

Amit shares:

"Next stop was The Netherlands. Telenn invited me over at her place and from there we toured the country, trying local specialities like warm stroopwafels at the market… and even India-flavoured ice-cream, why not! We drove around, getting to know the places I had previously seen in Telenn’s photographs.

As Bruges is not far away, we wandered around through the beautiful UNESCO city center, visiting Choco Story (Chocolate museum), trying the Belgian chocolates, buying some more cards… and chocolate-tasting stamps of course! I was so interested and amazed to see Indians everywhere and people showing interest in Indian food in every city we went to. We had to try and taste!

We also visited the Dutch fairytale theme park De Efteling and had a nice day in Amsterdam after that, meeting with the beautiful and friendly Sonja and her family from Germany. We had an amazing time together and more cards were written and smiles spread."

Postcrossing meeting in the Netherlands

Telenn continues:

"The highlight of the stay in The Netherlands had to be the moment where we walked up the dike in Vlissingen, and the Oranje Molen – the one mill standing closest to the sea in The Netherlands loomed upon us. The mill that started our close friendship in form of a postcard! I saw the child in Amit when he reached there galloping ahead of us pointing to friends who came with him 'Hey that’s THE MILL! That’s THE MILL which managed to pull me to Europe!' Such moments can’t be described but lived.

The mill who started it all

Next stop was Italy! We exchanged the sunny weather in The Netherlands for even sunnier weather in Rome. Amit had asked for help from his good Postcrossing friend Elena who works in the tourism area. She helped us find a great place to stay and even shared some of her “to-do’s” in the city. So many friends from Postcrossing were involved in his plans that Amit refers to this trip as 'Euro 2013 hosted by Postcrossing’! :)

We discovered the most known historical places, the Colosseum, Forum Romanum, had a stroll to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and of course the Trevi fountain, where Amit tossed in a coin praying for his next trip! :)

We went to the Vatican, where Amit jokingly said he wanted to meet the Pope and not just see him in the balcony… that true-hearted wish got granted as the Pope was out on a packed Saint Peter’s Square for his general audience! Guess who had the broadest smile in those thousands present there…

Rome was like walking in History in our life. Amit absolutely loved it and I was proud of the cultural heritage of Europe.

Telenn and Amit's trips

It was so hard to say good-bye in the end, after two weeks of seeing amazing places, buying and sending lots and lots of postcards, trying Indian food and local specialties, so many photographs and meeting friends and family of both sides and strengthening the special bond we all call friendship. As we get along so well, it was hard to say farewell. But all good times come with a break. We both hope more such fun trips will follow, visiting more common friends!

I am already saving up… I’m heading to India and I am already looking forward to seeing Amit again and meeting other Indian Postcrossing friends."

Amit concludes this journey:

“Postcrossing isn’t just a website, it’s a beautiful world within this world where a big family lives, meets, smiles, discusses and has lots of fun together… I call It a FREMILY (family of friends)! So have you made your fremily yet? Grab that pen, find that card… rush… it’s time to send some happiness to your friends across the world before the mail man collects mail… sending smiles from India and Netherlands… happy Postcrossing!”

What about you? Do you have your own Postcrossing story? Do share, we’d love to hear it!

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64 comments so far

DorotheeB, Germany
Wonderful story, thanks so much for sharing it!!!
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rosenbusch, Germany
What a great story!!!
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manojkamat1857, India
dr ji . u r again on center stage ..in fame and limelight .. hearty congratulations !!!
and telenn too incredible ..
story tells us how can we become good n nice friend . with positive zeal
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PIYALI, India
Lovely story..... :)
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Matthew07, Malaysia
Amazing story. :)
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indianfriendszone, India
Postcrossing...

Not just send a postcard and receive a postcards from a random person... but much more then we can think of...

Unite the World via Postcrossing...
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Angelpick, France
Whouah, beautiful story ! :D
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Wei_Yi, Malaysia
Amazing story!Thanks for sharing with us^^
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mollyphlox, Finland
An amazing story, I love to read it, even though I heard a bit about it before, since I also become a friend of Telenn a few years ago thanks to Postcrossing! :)
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Telenn, Netherlands
@mollyphlox, it so happened I sent you a new email this morning! It is not all yet I wanted to write but it was long enough for now ;)
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Jaibea, Australia
Wow great story! Being new at Postcrossing I love hearing and reading about the friendships it has formed
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fisherman, Ireland
Wow Telenn what a story - I hope you get to see India and your friend again next year.
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teesa, Portugal
Imagine...its begins with a postcard !
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Mama-Bear, United States of America
Beautiful story - I cried with happiness for you! Postcrossing is indeed magical!
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JennyH2dogs, Australia
I enjoyed your delightful story, even moreso seeing that Amit has been a friend of mine for a while now. Thank you for sharing details of your holiday.
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Kilona, Finland
I love this story of Telenn and Amit
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Drielandenpunt, Netherlands
All the best for Amit and Telenn, wishing you more fantastic trips in friendship.
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rousita, Mexico
That's why I LOVE postcrossing so much! It brings people together and manages to create lasting friendships. I have a similar story and have a few friends from postcrossing now. Good for you, Amit and Telenn, such a wonderful trip, new experiences and memories made!
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Mireille34, Netherlands
Wow, a great story it sure is!! I love how postcrossing is so much more than "sending and receiving a card"
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krishnaraosridhar, India
Fantastic experience thru' PostCrossing... Great...
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kasanaru, Portugal
Postcrossing is absolutely amazing. This story proves it!
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honeybee, Austria
I enjoyed reading this story very much. Thank you Amit and Telenn
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MirjamW, Netherlands
Such a wonderful story. You have had quite a busy holiday :)
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SanketOswal, India
Congratulations Dr ji & Telenn!
You guys are amazing. What an awe-inspiring story!
You both are great photographers and now a story teller too! :)
Telenn: Visiting India is a wonderful India.
Amit: I wish you both lots of fun filled joy in exchanging postcards and touring India! With a belief that this will bring more energy to the Postcrossing movement in India.
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isagv, Germany
Great story. Enjoyed reading it. :)
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geminiscp, Portugal
Another great story! :) Congratulations, Telenn!
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ipuenktchen, Australia
a very touching story.. peace & friendship allover the world! what could be better?????!!?!? and again: THXXXX, dear paulo, for this wonderful idea of postcrossing!!!!!
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liesbeth_france, France
Thank you for your wonderfull story Telenn and Amit ! Merci Dank je wel करने के लिए धन्यवाद
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nisnoopy3, Malaysia
Wonderful friendship! So happy for both of you, Telenn and Amit! :D
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Suneel, India
Superb Story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Spriggan, United States of America
I ♥ U Telenn! So glad to gave met you lovely lady and glad you have a great friend in Amit.
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mukundc, India
Very inspiring ... Postcrossing opens up tremendous opportunities for people to come closer in real world ... Great.
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Aniruddha, India
An Ideal and great example of FRIENDSHIP ! The BEST example of how POST CROSSING can change our life, add flavor to our life, make acquaintance with other cultures in the world. MAKE the world more closer......
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drakrana, India
wow.. i was away for a while and so honored to see so many beautiful and smiling comments and likes on the story of our friendship :) yes.. its been a amazing experience from the start. the trip was fun.. n ohh.. " i still hate the sudden accelaration roller coaster gives " :D :D :D :D so much team work it was to have this trip n now so much fun again to write this with telenn and goo through thousands of pics again to select for the write up :) we literally lived up the trip again while writing this :)

Thank u all of u for taking out time and reading :) and sharing our happiness :)

Honeybee :) good to see u here :) u were first to see my spotlight interviw too :)
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drakrana, India
i hope many such trip s will follow :) postcrossing has given me so many wonderful in this world :) and just amazing it is :) so many more trips follows .. as someone has said

... Once you have tasted flight... you will forever walk the earth with ur eyes turned skyward., for there u have been , and there you will always long to return....
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Shaneez, South Africa
wow Guys, what a delightful story, it gave me goosebumps!
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wangjiayimike, China
Wow, I wish to meet such postcrossers from Iceland coz I will be there next March.
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Relianear, India
Doctor ji... Nice story... :) Congratulations!!

-Bhargav (PCI)
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YiliLoh, Malaysia
Amazing postcrossing!!! :)
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sinta, Indonesia
Thanks for sharing dear Telenn and Amit, very inspiring story! :D
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Sophie54, Netherlands
Great story!!
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stefka, Bulgaria
Really amazing story! :)
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aletta74, Netherlands
SO nice to read this story and see the Oranjemolen. I was born in the first house next ( or better below the dike this mill stands on, to this mill :) I love this mill to, have lots of memories there... Great to see this!
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wimdemol, Netherlands
Sounds like a fairy tale :-). Nice story !!
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Sprinkledonut, Canada
I loved the back and forth style of this article! It worked really well. And such a nice tale of friendship and postcrossing adventure. For folks that love to travel and meet new people from all over the world, check out www.couchsurfing.org. It's fantastic! It's been a big part of my life for over 10 years. I heartily endorse it.
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Biepmiep, Netherlands
Hello Amit, I was touched by your first Spotlight interview and again by this account of your friendship. I want to thank you again for sending me the photocard of a cat featured in your first Spotlight interview. I wish you (and Telenn) the best and many more travels around the world.
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anettespostcards, Sweden
Great story, thanks for sharing
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DoryTheFish, Russia
I have just opened a new side of sharing cards...thanks for sharing!
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Gittepit, Netherlands
ow telenn, wat een prachtig verhaal...ik heb er van genoten!
Kun je nagaan wat jullie gedaan hebben...
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lucymonty, United Kingdom
What a lovely story of friendship :-) Postcrossing is awesome!
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ned44440, Ireland
The true power of Postcrossing.
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Spring_Swallow, Ukraine
Such an inspiring and heartening story of true friendship, a great proof how two people thousands km away can be connected:) And it's wonderfully written, thanks both Amit and Telenn)
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Queenofeverything, United States of America
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful connection thanks to Postcrossing!!
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bornokyo, Philippines
Wonderful story! Inspiring as usual!
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alexisarus, Canada
Amazing!! A true story on how initiatives like Postcrossing can inspire the best connections in the world. Huzzah!
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summerhawk, United States of America
Beautiful story! I have tears of happiness!
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archie56, Germany
A wonderful and amazing story! Great!
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Geiwa, Russia
very lovely story!!!
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vogatka2005, Ukraine
Amat is my penpal too. He wrote me about this trip in a letter
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kazinhabueno, Brazil
amazing story! love Postcrossing forever!!!!!
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Menschenskind, France
amazing and very beautiful story! Long live your friendship!
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DiannaMacau, Macao
WOW, what a nice interview and story, Love it. Postcard is not just a simple card, it's love and it shows so much message to everyone of us.

Merry X'mas and Happy New Year

Dianna@MacauSAR
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drakrana, India
Thank u so much all for appreciating this little pice of joy which postcrossing has given me :) i wish such stories to be part of everyone who has joined this project :) everything is just awesome in the world of 6 x 4 postcard
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ibendou, China
What a beautiful story!!!:)
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