Meet Alex (aka Zeby), a very enthusiastic young postcrosser from New Zealand. His mom Marian describes him as a little evangelist who will happily tell everyone he meets about Postcrossing... and he's doing such a great job that he earned the very special Ambassador badge last year! So of course, we had to have him on the blog for an interview. 😊
- Hi Alex! How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
My Mum found Postcrossing on the internet one day and thought it looked interesting. She had collected postcards when she was young and she thought I might like to have a new hobby. My brother had started stamp collecting and I wanted to do my own thing, I really like postcards and getting mail, so it was the perfect hobby for me.
Postcrossing has been a great experience so far, it gets even more interesting each day. It gives me the chance to talk to people on the other side of the world. I get to learn about what creatures live in their countries, what their capital city is like and what their lives are like.
I've joined in a lot of Round Robins on the Postcrossing Forum, it's a lot of fun. From the Forum my brother and I have also got penpals our own age — it's really nice to write cards and letters to other kids.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I'm a Cub Scout. I love earning new badges, last year I earned 12 individual award badges. My twin brother and I got more badges than other Cub in the pack but it was a lot of work to get that many done in the year. Dad joined Cubs as a Leader late last year too and we all went to the Cubs 100 Years Camp in November.
My biggest hobby is reading. I love it. I read a lot, over 200 pages every night but Dad turns the light off if it gets too late. My favourite kinds of books are fantasy books. I got a lot of books for Christmas and I go to the library nearly every week.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
My letterbox is a long way away from my house, it's a big rural letterbox and we don't get mail every day in our valley. My postie comes in a van and sometimes I am at the letterbox waiting for him. He was very curious about all the mail I was getting so I told him about Postcrossing, he says I'm keeping him in a job with all my Postcrossing mail.
Here's me at one of our local postboxes, I normally post my cards here as it's outside the supermarket.
I have a whole wall of cards on display. There's one from each country in my collection pinned on the wall and I've got string leading to where it's from in the world.
My world map got too crowded so my uncle gave me a map of Europe.
I swap cards around with my collection boxes and the wall. I have collections of native animals, native costumes, Cold War, volcanoes and space. My brother and I also have a box of Greetings From cards we are collecting. In my room I have my special owl collection on the wall. The house is covered in postcards!
- Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?
I've talked to my gifted education class about Postcrossing. They liked the idea and a lot wanted to join themselves. The teacher liked the idea too because it opens the world to classrooms.
My Scout Pack Master loved my Postcrossing so much she joined. Dad says I talk to everyone I meet about Postcrossing. Everyone who comes in our house gets a tour of my Postcrossing maps!
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
I like picking a new person to send a card to and then reading their profiles. I want to know about the people and match a card to them. It's like a lucky dip, getting a new person. I enjoy sending cards out.
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
I have so many postcards that I love. I don't have an absolute favourite but so many people have sent me amazing cards. My rarest official card was from Montenegro:
Someone else sent me an official with my name on the front!
My favourite rare country was a card from Antarctica, though it didn't come from Postcrossing. It was sent from a New Zealand scientist I met, she went down to Antarctica to do some field work this summer.
- Is there anything that you are passionate about?
Space is a big passion for me. My hero is Neil deGrasse Tyson, he's an astrophysicist. I love astronomy and one day I'd like my own telescope to look at the stars. All science is amazing.
I love learning, I want to know as much as possible. I like trying to learn languages. I like learning about history and how the world works. I'm lucky that I'm a worldschooler!