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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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In this week’s Spotlight feature, we interview Dimitris (aka dst121gr), from Greece. Besides being the top postcrosser in his country, Dimitris is also passioned about long distance running and his local rescue team, which he co-founded in 1995.

Here is what he had to say:

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

I read an article in a newspaper and I said “Ok, lets give it a try to see what this project is about”. I was never a fan of postcards and it was really strange to use a postcard to send a message to someone I didn’t know!!! I was hooked by this feeling and even now, after a few years and more than 2000 cards (sent and received), I have the same feeling. I think it’s something magic to communicate in this way, with people you don’t know and you may never meet. To find all the differences between your character and way of life, with the others in every country in the world. Also the happy feeling to discover that there is someone in the other side of the planet, who is just like you!

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I’m a phonecard and euro coin collector. I’ve also start to collect Europa CEPT stamps. One more hobby I have lately is long distance running. I took part in mountain semimarathons. I’m not an athlete and I run just for the fun of it, but I always try to finish within the time limits. I also like the 4WD and I took part at races with my Nissan pick up, as a driver or as co pilot to a friends’ jeep.

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

Here is my postcard collection, and my mailbox:

dimitris postcards dimitris postcards 2 dimitris mailbox
What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

I really like and enjoy all the process of the project. From the first click to draw an address till the moment I drop the card to the post box. But now I think that I’m really happy when I realise that my card made the receiver happy and he or she liked it. I think it’s no need to talk about when I receive a card… :) I think the feelings are common for all of us!

Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?

I think I was surprised when I drew an address to a school in Northern Mariana islands – but the biggest surprise was when I’ve got “thank you” cards from the kids there! I also was surprised when I receive my first card from a Greek who lived abroad and from a Russian member who learned Greek language and dances.

Is there anything that you are passionate about?

My biggest passion is the local rescue team. I’m proud to be one of the founders and one of the 4 people who worked hard to make it known for its work in Greece. It was founded in 1995 and our members have been in Turkey and Algeria for the eartquakes, we have sent humanitarian loads from Greece to Iraq and Serbia and lot of activities like search, rescue, fire fighting etc.

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