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Remember the Little Mail Carrier’s cousin? It’s been a while since he was last on the blog… Earlier this year, he threw a huge tantrum and demanded to be sent on new adventures — so we sent him off to Romania, where an exciting meeting was about to take place! Here’s their report, as told by the participants in this unique meeting.

Once upon a very special day, on February 29th of 2016, the Romanian Postcrossing Community organized the first Postcrossing train meetup in the world, a round-trip journey between Bucharest and Ploiești. The day started with the arrival of the Little Mail Carriers’ cousin in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. As every tourist would have done, he first went on a sightseeing tour through the wonders of Bucharest.

Naturally, he took some selfies and because he is so small, a special “magnifier tool” was used to be sure everything is in focus!

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

He started with the Palace of the Parliament which is the heaviest building in the world. It is also the second largest administrative building in the world (after the Pentagon in the USA) housing the Romanian Senate and Parliament and the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

He continued his tour to two of the most prestigious buildings in Bucharest: the House of Economies (CEC) and the National Museum of Music (Cantacuzino Palace).

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

In front of the Romanian Athenaeum he got really excited, because inside is the longest circular fresco in the world! It was done by Costin Petrescu, and is a stunning piece depicting 25 different scenes of Romanian history over 70 meters of canvas… wow!

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

The final stop before the meetup was at the Revolution Square, admiring the National Museum of Art (The Royal Palace), the statue of King Carol I of Romania (1866–1914) and the Central University Library.

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

Finally he arrived at Gara de Nord (train station). The little couriers’ cousin met with members of the Romanian Postcrossing Community and quickly jumped on the train to grab some seats.

We had lots of fun activities during our trip from Bucharest to Ploiești (60 km), such as: signing postcards, organizing lotteries, tasting cupcakes and of course taking photos with our small guest, who even received a nickname for the day: Max!

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

With this special occasion, we printed a limited edition meetup postcard, showing the Royal train of Romania (Photo by Mihai Raitaru). Everybody signed it — even the train inspectors, who were quite impressed by it!

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

Once arrived in Ploiești, we gathered for a nice group photo and went on sightseeing, having a few hours available before the train back to Bucharest.

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

We first visited the Clocks Museum – the biggest clocks collection in South-Eastern Europe.

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

The Art Museum was next on our list, where we took more photos and signed some more postcards in the lobby. Max got a special surprise from one of our colleagues, who played the piano for him.

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

Before heading back, one last stop was made at the Postal Office to send our “train traveling meetup” postcards to fellow Postcrossers around the world and to say goodbye to little Max, who continued his journey back to Portugal. At the end of this full and fun day we all went back to our homes with many wonderful memories.

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

We also found out that this was the first train traveling meetup in the world and all this was possible because Postcrossing exists! Thank you Postcrossing team for bringing us together, thank you for building bridges among people and nations! Happy Postcrossing, everyone!

The Little Mail Carriers' cousin in Romania

Train meetup participants (who came from a bit all over Romania):
Anca, bardamu1964, cristinaS, corneljipa, dienuca, DrAmpie, eumihai2003, lamelemon, MaraMilu, MihneaR, modranhoria, mpalade, Nazareanu, NoarVladimir, Schumi99, spiderpc and susanica.

Concept: Mihnea (MihneaR)

Organizers: Mihnea (MihneaR), George (Nazareanu), Eugen (eumihai2003)

Photos: Eugen (eumihai2003) and George (Nazareanu)
 — you can see lots more here!
Article: George (Nazareanu) with the help of Beatrice ( boopilina), Diana (dienuca), Anca (Annajo) and Mihnea (MihneaR)

Thank you guys, that was brilliant! And what do you think… it’s time the Little Mail Carriers’ cousin had a name — should we stick to “Postman Max”? :)

39 comments so far

AmitxSahoo, India
Frumoasa <3
andrea209, Germany
I got one of these wonderful Meeting-cards ♥ What a great idea for a Meeting-place.

And "Postman Max" is a good idea for this little guy.
UnaHora, Germany
What a great story! I like it very much!
Luziaceleste, Brazil
Wow, how incredible creative postcrossers are!
Congrats guys, pretty sure you had unforgetable time.
Max is a wonderful name for a mailmen representing a super-MAXimum project. And fair to him: his cousins have names, why not he?
postcardsFromBella, United States of America
Such fun! Thanks very much!
rosenbusch, Germany
Great idea.... It looks like a lot of fun!!!
Miloudi, Greece
So fun! And yes, Max is a very good nane for him! Cannot wait to see other adventures :)
honeybee, Austria
Wow, how cool is that! A train meetup - this sounds really great.
voulpit, Romania
I am proud of this:) Wish I could be there:)
mounten, Italy
Great idea!!!!!Looks like a lot of fun. Max is the right name I think. Ciao
GoCindy, United States of America
Wow! Great adventure. I enjoyed reading it all. Thank you.
paicontea, Germany
THANK YOU SO MUCH- looks like a great trip in good company! more...
Greetings to Romania!!
echan_mchan, Japan
So fun!I want the special postcard!!!
mihneaR, Romania
I am so happy seeing so many people happy.... I am wonder...little MAX arrived back in good condition?
moonlessnite, Canada
Using the magnifying glass to enlarge a special detail was brilliant idea. Well done, everyone.
riazkhan4880, India
Truly inspirational !! Way o go guys. Good Job
Robin67, Austria
Max is a cool name for the little guy!

What a wonderful idea. When 4 of us travelled to the meeting in Bratislava/SK on February 27th (from Vienna/AT) we joked about how we had our meeting on the train already, because many cards were signed on the train! ;-)

It is really a good idea and I love the meetup card! :-)
jjmedusa, United States of America
What a great story! How wonderful! And yes, I think Max is a great name! :)
DorotheeSifi, Germany
Wow! What a great idea, this train meet-up!
Thank you very much for sharing your day with us and for showing us the attractions of Bucharest and Ploiesti!
Sidolix, Germany
Another unique Story !
Postcrossing inspire !
Multe salutari NOROCOSILOR !
Ati aratat din nou ca sunteti buni !
I´m agree with the Name.
Thanks for sharing the happy moments and informations !
shieru, Russia
Thanks a lot for this incredible story! Looks like everyone enjoyed this meetup so much! (♡‿♡)
Harald-Geisler, Germany
I received a card with lots of signatures from the postcrossing train too!

Happy to see the images and know the background story on this.
sandrine4, Finland
Thank you so much for sharing this story and photos. So nice idea! I was lucky to receive also this great train meeting postcard!!!
zomertje, Netherlands
Thanks for the really nice story, and what a nice idea a meeting in a train..... Max is a cool name for the little carier
Cadis, Canada
A lovely romanian postcrossing story, also a wonderful name given for the little carier - Max !! Not the Mad Max but the Happy Max !!
emkuan, Macao
I wish I could join! It seems like a really nice meeting!
fisherman, Ireland
Wonderful idea for a great meetup. I was lucky enough to receive one of your cards. I wish I was there as I love trains.
Ann34, Belgium
Hopefully I will be able to join your next meeting! I should be moving to Romania in november this year and I'm really looking forward to it! Have a wonderful day!
ned44440, Ireland
Wonderful!! Wonderful!! Wonderful!!
CathyFay, United States of America
Oh, what a fabulous idea! I would have loved to be there.
Love the little mail carrier too! Glad your journey was a big success!
pucky, Netherlands
What a marvellous idea! Especially the train is a very nice idea. And what a beautiful card you made of it!
Thanks for sharing this!
Fit_Si, Indonesia
What a great meet-up! Thanks for sharing photos of Romania..beautiful!
yuna13, Indonesia
Cool :)
Hauer, Canada
What a wonderful experience, I would certainly enjoy a trip like that, nice way to meet fellow Postcrossers.
Great photos.
indianfriendszone, India
The Pictures are awesome...
nice click...
I just love this pictures....

We had a meetup where we went in Ferry to Elephanta Cave...
It was around 100 minutes return journey from Mumbai Gateway of India :)
where we wrote cards and signed it :)

It was one of the most memorable meet and trip with Little Mail Carrier's cousin

maybe we can term it as First Ferry Meetup too :)
kroete68, Germany
Wonderful. I love this report. <3
And Postman Max sounds great. :)
CatharinaG3, Netherlands
Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing the story! Postman Max sounds great to me.

The fresco got me puzzled, though, because I thought frescos were murals and not on canvas. Also I don't think it's the biggest circular painting in the world - Panorama Mesdag (in The Hague, Netherlands) is also circular and has a length of 120 meters.
haizaam, Malaysia
Wow! Nice meetup:) Thanks for sharing;) Love the photos too, beautiful ♥♥
keshavayg, India
Hi best example to follow, we (postcrossers) too are meeting on May 15 at Bangalore. and plans to display around 800 UNESCO world heritage cards,

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