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Agapi (aka agapara) hails from Greece and came to Postcrossing during the pandemic, as did many other members. She started the lottery chains in the new forum, which has led to hundreds of lotteries popping up, one after the other, and many happy postcard recipients. We were curious to find out where her love for postcards came from, so we asked our usual questions.

How did you get started sending postcards? What is your earliest memory of them?

My family always bought postcards from souvenir shops when travelling, but we always postponed or forgot sending them to our friends, involuntarily creating a ‘collection’ of postcards back home. I actually started sending out postcards when I was 17 years old and a friend of mine that travelled a lot decided to send me postcards from his trips abroad. I liked the idea, so I started doing the same when travelling. At that time, I had already started collecting postcards from every place that I visited in Greece and hanging them up on my wall or organizing them in albums.

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

Three years ago, I was introduced to the project of Postcrossing by a friend who used to be very active in Bookcrossing and had also joined Postcrossing for some time; but I didn’t feel like joining, as I thought I didn’t need a new hobby at the time.

Fast forward to September 2020: we were already 6 months into the pandemic, travelling was not the same anymore and we had to spend more time at home. So, while I was re-arranging my postcard albums, I remembered my friend telling me about Postcrossing. That was it! I drew my first address, picked a nice postcard from my collection and headed to the post office. The months that followed were pretty hard for me (and for lots of other people too, I’m sure), as the pandemic took over our lives. Postcrossing was like a window to the outside world – a reminder that I am not alone and that we’re all going through this together.

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

This is the post office in Karpenisi, the place where I have temporarily moved because of work. The Greek Post Office logo features Hermes, who was the messenger of the Olympian Gods, according to the Greek mythology.

Postbox in a village in Karpenisi
Postbox in Karpenisi

Also, here’s an old postbox I spotted in a village near Karpenisi. So small! And look how different Hermes looks in the old logo.

Postbox in a village in Karpenisi
Postbox in a village in Karpenisi
What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

I love reading people’s profiles and trying to pick a postcard that “fits”. I’m also very curious about how long my postcards will take to arrive at their destination, so I always keep an eye on the traveling postcards page and try to guess which postcard will be delivered first.

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

These postcards have got to be my favorites of my officially received postcards up until today. On my profile I state that I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, so the sender decided to send me not one, but two postcards of “The Birds” and “Psycho” posters, designed by two Czech artists. So unique!

Hitchcock posters
Postcard versions of “The Birds” and “Psycho” posters designed by Czech artists
What’s one way that postcards have changed your life for the better?

Sending and receiving postcards during the pandemic has definitely helped me maintain my sanity and cure my wanderlust. It has led me to do things that I probably wouldn’t do otherwise, such as finding penpals and trying out various DIY crafts; I’ve started to use my hands more. Also, creating an online map of my postcards has significantly boosted my geography knowledge.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or collections?

I have a small collection of four miniature houses, a hobby that I also took up during the pandemic.

Miniature house
Miniature bakery

Thank you Agapi, for sharing your Postcrossing experience with the community! While we are at it, happy holidays, everyone!

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38 comments so far

Toome2, Netherlands
Nice to know your story, thanks for sharing it.
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ned44440, Ireland
Lovely story and I quite agree - we are all in this together and I find that Postcrossing helps keep me active even during lockdowns such as having to walk to the letterbox to post each day 😀 and I see one of those walks involved posting a postcard to you, Agapi 😀😀
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VivB, United States of America
Wonderful story!
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mysweetlife63, United States of America
How nice to meet you Agapi!
I love that map idea.
Wonderful post!
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misskotovakseniya96, Russia
😍😍😍😍
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Ramya, United States of America
I’m so glad to be a Postcrosser and that Agapi found Postcrossing to help during this pandemic. I like the idea of miniature houses too as a collection hobby!
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Constance1, Austria
Nice to meet you. Yes, we're all in this together and sharing a unique part of (pandemic) history! Postcrossing is a sanity saver!
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Anto61, Italy
It's nice to read that Agapara like many postcard friend < Goes hunting > !!! He goes to the hunt for the right postcard for the profile to which he will send :-)))
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SissyLee, United States of America
Love that vintage mailbox!
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thesnailmailer, United States of America
Hello again! We crossed paths in the mail already. My favorite Hitchcock is Norh by Northwest. I hope this finds you well and with a full mailbox in 2022
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STANS, Russia
Thanks for sharing your story. Concerning Mercury (Hermes) head on the old postbox - it looks exactly like on XIX century postage stamps of Greece. Love this design :)
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ave, United States of America
Wow, so interesting to see the symbols of the Greek postal service!
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Owlagdad, United States of America
Thanks, Agapi, for transporting my mind for a few minutes to Greece, accompanied with your interests! I wished I could mentally visit every postcrosser’s local post office this way.
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NIDUSKA, Finland
Thank you
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POSTALSAURUS, India
Very interesting. Thank you Agapi from Greece.
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TheHassFamily, United States of America
Thank you for sharing your story!
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tesc, United Kingdom
Thank you Really interesting thank you. One day when we can travel again I foresee some very well attended postcrossing events. So many wonderful people I've met in the last 6mths and new places to travel to I maybe wouldn't have thought of.
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eleni_g585, United States of America
Thank you for sharing, Agapi! I hope I see more Greeks on Postcrossing. Καλες γιορτες!
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RowanP, Netherlands
A really nice story. It would be great if there were more such fanatic members.
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islander61, Bahamas
I enjoyed reading that! Thanks for sharing. My London-born husband is Greek-Cypriot and had an Uncle Hermes too :)
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beesknees, United States of America
Love the little houses
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sohanur, Bangladesh
Wow, I love those postcards, The birds & Psycho 😍
I like Hitchcock films too!
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Flippie, Canada
Thank you for sharing your story. I love your new Hobby.
-HAPPY CHRISTMAS-
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Griffica, Bermuda
Thanks for sharing your story. I always find it so amazing when one can identify their favourite postcard out of so many.
Interesting read!
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rockycip, United States of America
I loved reading your story, Agapi! Thank you for sharing it. You have inspired me to create an online map of my received postcards. I looked at your map and it is fascinating. Thanks again, Agapi!
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diana_pastoriza, Spain
I truly enjoyed reading your story, @agapara! And thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures of the post office and mailbox in Greece :)
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Brueghel, Germany
Thank you for sharing this very interesting story. The idea with the map is fantastic!
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D2M2, United States of America
Delightful!
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agapara, Greece
Thank you everyone for your nice comments! How surprising to see postcrossers that have sent me a postcard remembering me! I'm very happy you enjoyed getting to know me better. Wishing you all happy holidays!
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xiaopangju, China
the post box is so nice!
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Agapi, what a cute postal box that one with Hermes!
Lovely story and nice to hear how our hobby makes smiles and turns us strong!
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yBenP, Hong Kong
I love the online map of postcards!
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JessicaCMourao, Brazil
I'm in love with the mailbox with the Hermes design. " Hermes was, in Greek mythology, one of the Olympian gods, son of Zeus and Maia, and possessor of several attributes. A very ancient deity, he was already worshiped in ancient pre-Greece history possibly as a god of fertility, of herds, of magic, divination, roads and travels, among other attributes."
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jam570, United States of America
Thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for mentioning Bookcrossing. I love sharing books!
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MishaMellow70, United States of America
Love your story; thank you so much for sharing!
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posticards72, Germany
Great interview. I also started in Sep 2020. Same reason. Even if the pandemic is over at some point, I'll stick with postcrossing. I like the old mailbox.
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AllieCat, Australia
OMG! I love those miniature houses!
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MinaChristina, United States of America
Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος Αγάπι.
Αν θέλεις pen pal ενημέρωσε με.
Υιασου.
Μίνα Χριστίνα
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