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Blog > Postcrossing Connections: TBJean and rositahtc's story

In September 2012, Jeanette (aka TBJean) in Denmark and Rosita (aka rositahtc) in Hong Kong did a direct swap, each sending one postcard to each other. But life goes on, and after receiving their nice cards, both girls slowly forgot about each other.
Then, a year later, Jeanette moved to Hong Kong for a school exchange… guess what happened! :)

Here’s Jeanette with the story:

One day when I was living in Hong Kong, I left home later than usual to go to school, and got on the mini bus. Three girls from my school got on the bus as well, and took the three seats around me, one next to me and two in front. The two girls in the front pushed the girl next to me to start a conversation. Her name was Rosita, and we shared our contacts on a piece of paper.

After school that day, we were chatting online, and I randomly asked whether Rosita knew if I could buy a tube at the post office, for sending home posters. Rosita was passionately telling me about the post office, and that she had a postcard and stamp collection. Wanting to share mine with her, I sent her a picture of my wall back in Denmark, where all my postcards from all over the world were hanging, and she told that she liked posting postcards as well! We both realized that moment that we were both postcrossers :)

Suddenly, Rosita remembered that she had once received a postcard from Denmark, and decided that she had to send me a picture! When she found the postcard and turned it around, she noticed that the senders name was Jeanette, and then compared the writing to the note she had got earlier in the morning time…

Rosita & Jeanette's postcards

Rosita immediately called me, and screamed into my ear: “Jeanette, do you live in a city called E-S-B-J-E-R-G?!”, to which I answered “Yeah, how do you know that?!”. She screamed again: “We exchanged postcards a year ago!!”

It was so surreal that we decided to have breakfast together the next day before our school’s sports day!

We still can’t believe what a huge coincidence it is, the fact that we met so randomly that morning on the mini bus! It is now more than 6 months later, and here we are, sitting in a restaurant, having a drink and deciding to share this story with our fellow postcrossers.

We say that it was meant to be, but of course it is up to you whether you want to believe in that.

Rosita & Jeanette

Isn’t it a fantastic story? :D If you’ve also had an “happy accident” related to Postcrossing, we’d love to hear about it!

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86 comments so far

fallingrockinct, United States of America
too cool
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sandrine4, Finland
so nice story
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LydiaAbigail, Norway
So awesome. :-)
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nisnoopy3, Malaysia
Wonderful story!! So happy for both of you, Jeanette and Rosita! XD XD
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nisha, Poland
Unbelievable :D
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TwoBigOneLittle, Netherlands
Wow, sounds like a movie!
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MaTaJah, United Kingdom
Wow! love it!!!
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ned44440, Ireland
What a very happy coincidence. Lovely story.
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SuzyDoozy, New Zealand
Wow, that is such a great story.
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chaari, Germany
so sweet♥
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werewegian, United Kingdom
Made me smile
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Cayleigh-the-Shell, United States of America
Woah that is a great story!
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LuffieJJ, Netherlands
That is amazing!
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willyly, Hong Kong
This is jawdropping-ly amazing!!
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AntiqueChic, Canada
That is so cool. Even with billions of people in the world...it truly is a small world at times!
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ThePOSTCARDPerfect, United States of America
Fantastic indeed!!!
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MariannaR, Ireland
Love it! Yes, it's meant to be :)
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Love to know the story! Small world for postcrossers ;)
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fatearthworm, Spain
Wonderful
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Spanishliz, Canada
Lovely story! :)
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abbyaguas, Philippines
What a wonderful story! These stories are not accidental for me ;)
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phuleshouse, Canada
cool
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Romme, Denmark
Fantastic you met each other girls! Postcrossing really makes friends all over the world
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zomertje, Netherlands
Super!!!
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Sonadorita, Ukraine
Amazing story!! You can find your best friend in Postcrossing...super!!
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meiadeleite, Portugal
Thanks @daniels, I've fixed it!
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mollyphlox, Finland
What a great story! :D
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briafmarkn12, Germany
incredible :-), so nice
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RosaRosae, Spain
Una vez más : "el mundo es un pañuelo" ;) (spanish saying)
Once again : " the small world" ;)
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wildernesscat, Israel
Too good to be true :)
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Luluz, Finland
Now I believe in wonders! Lovely story!
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Sukey111, United Kingdom
Wow! That's amazing!
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atomsaskal, Turkey
Wonderful story! Yeah, world is small!
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depe, Germany
Wow what a wonderful story!
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Xinyta_87, Spain
ohhhhhhhh!!! what a coincidence!!!!!
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jjmedusa, United States of America
What a lovely story! Thank you both for sharing!
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angie28, Netherlands
What a great story
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AniaKa, Poland
Amazing story!! I want the same :-)
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mtongz, Russia
It's destiny
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Luna1105, China
It's so touching!
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KateFeredayEshete, Ethiopia
As they say: fact is stranger than fiction.
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Matthew07, Malaysia
Lovely story, so heartwarming. :)
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pucky, Netherlands
O, this is really a very incredible story! So weird and great and mysterious! I believe it of course, these things do happen and it is wonderful to share it with us!
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isagv, Germany
Wow! Unbelievable. :)
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Trekkie_Gal, United States of America
What a fantastic coincidence!
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Venia, Norway
Wow! How great!!!

My greatest postcrossing experience was during my exchange semester in Riga, Latvia. To understand why it was so awesome to me, you have to know that I'm from Ulm, Germany. This is my birthplace, my university's city and my home. While I was in Riga I postcrossed there and therefore I got many lovely postcards from all around the world. Some day - I thought - there will be postcard from Ulm in my postbox, but I knew that this would be not possible as my friends and family prefer the internet to communicate. And that by chance a postcrosser from Ulm will get my adress is just impossible. But... after around 2 month... there it was. A postcard from Ulm, Germany, writing with the greeting "Viele Grüße von deiner Heimat!" (Greetings from your Home!) I could not believe it! First I thought it was from a friend or family member, but it wasn't. It was an official postcrossing card - but not from somebody who lived in Ulm... no, from a tourist, that visited Ulm with his family!!! And the fun thing was, that he even didn't know that this was really my hometown. He just wanted to greet me from "good old Germany". For me, it was just a very special postcards and I put it on my desk the whole stay, as a reminder of my home.
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nugget, United States of America
Incredible story! Thanks for sharing. May your friendship last through the years.
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rosenbusch, Germany
A fantastic story.....
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pefawm, Norway
What a great story. So lovely that Postcrossing can bring people together. Love to read more of this kind of stories
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sinta, Indonesia
Thanks for sharing your beautiful story, I'm touched!^^ Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. ~Albert Einstein.
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sophie54, Netherlands
Beautiful story!!
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volvomom, United States of America
Oh, this is why I ***love*** Postcrossing!
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feral, Australia
That shows the value of starting up a conversation - you never know where it ends
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khere, Singapore
This is insanely cool.
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ctim, Sweden
What a nice story!
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Bunnyghostface, Botswana
Awesome!!!
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Cenzo, Italy
Incredible...
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Rohini, India
what a story!
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shiguzman, Costa Rica
Loving Postcrossing ♥
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Sunshine_Lady, Russia
My sister and I are from Moscow, Russia and both on Postcrossing. Once my sister received a card from a Russian postcrosser featuring Thailand where she Had been on holiday. A month later I also got a Thai card from a Russian postcrosser and when we compared them it turned out that they were from the same lady!Our addresses were chosen randomly by the system. And it's also funny that this lady didn't choose Thai cards just for everyone, so it was a happy coinsidence. =)
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linku, Germany
that's the best story of all!!!!
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ipuenktchen, Iran
thank you for the great story!!! yesssss, this is POSTCROSSING!!!! our beloved postcrossing makes unbelievable things possible!!!!!! must be continued!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *smile*
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sandyjane, United Kingdom
lovely story hope your new friendship continues to grow and becomes an everlasting friendship.
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myfloya, Indonesia
i believe in coincidence :)
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YiliLoh, Malaysia
Wow! It's unbelievable! That means both of you must be friends forever although across the thousand miles!!! :)
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PilotOne, Portugal
Fantastic coincidence! This is why I wrote in my prifile:
"I hope Postcrossing can approach people, making the world a better place to live in!"
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linettel, South Africa
I love this story!!!!
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linettel, South Africa
I love this story!!!!
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AnneL, Netherlands
Amazing story!
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Cheryll, Suriname
I love this !! i guess best friends forever :)
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moonlessnite, Canada
kismet!
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purplekiwi, United States of America
And Hong Kong is so big and densely populated, too...
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teesa, Portugal
Life is a surprise!
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DocRoc, Germany
Life is a stunning miracle.
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kugusch, Germany
absolutely amazing! Lovely story...thanks you two, for sharing it!
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emoffdayz, United States of America
this is crazy!! what a great story you"ll never know but that's cool and i would to hear these kind of stories more but astonishing surprising
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lovpinka, Malaysia
Great to have such meetup.. such a special friendship in their life ^..^
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jo2flash, Uganda
It is very amazing.That is why it is good to treat people well,because you never know where destiny can take you.
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xiaozhi, China
WOW,wonderful!!
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Jcchit, Hong Kong
Thanks for sharing such an amazing story!
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florencen, Australia
What a lovely story.
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Sprinkledonut, Canada
How amazing! Aw, it's a cute picture of both of you as well!
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Mimi1986, Belgium
Wow! Can be the new script of a movie.
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Geminiscp, Portugal
wonderful story, Postcrossing is THE BEST!
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Project20, India
this is amazing!- how I wish i have a postcrossing experience as well which I could share too! :)
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alice313, Hong Kong
It's fate and destiny!! =)
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