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Núria (aka NuriaLP) lives in Breda, a small town surrounded by nature in the north-east of Spain. She and her friend Dolors are the only postcrossers in town, but they do a good job of telling the world about this picturesque corner of Catalonia!

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

When I was four years old my grandpa sent me a postcard from his holiday destination. Since then this action of sending postcards while traveling has became a tradition and I also discover my passion for this incredible hobby.

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

My friend, Dolors, who is a postcrosser from my town told me about it and I couldn’t resist joining in. We are the only postcrossers in Breda. From time to time we meet and send postcards. Connecting with people from all over the world using postcards is what got me hooked. Nowadays messages are instantaneous and when a postcard reaches its destination after several days of journey, it’s so satisfying.

Another thing that I like about Postcrossing is that I’ve been able to improve my English skills. I’m not using English in my daily life, so this way I can practice it.

Show us your mailbox, your mail carrier, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
Nuria and her mail carrier Rosa stand by side, smiling at the camera while holding postcards

In my town, there are two mailboxes. In my case, I’m so lucky because our postwoman, Rosa, comes every day to my shop to give me my postcards, and collects the ones that I’m sending. She’s the best postwoman we could have. When she is on holiday she also sends me postcards.

A corkboard hangs on a wall, with postcards stuck to it

When I receive new postcards I register them as soon as possible and then, I hang them on a wall I’ve got in my small fruit and vegetable shop. Customers love looking at them. After some days I add the new ones and the others go to my postcard box, where I organize them by country.

A box with separate folders where postcards are archived
What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

It’s difficult just to choose a part. I enjoy the whole process including the surprise of getting an address, finding the right postcard for that person, combining different stamps, decorating the postcard and writing a nice message. Receiving postcards is also a fantastic part. It’s just incredible when you think of the journey that the little piece of paper called `postcard´ made until it reached my house.

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

US-9344837 has everything that I like: Autumn and love.

An illustration of an autumn scene, with two people embracing under an umbrella
Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?

YES! And this makes me so happy. My niece, Paula, who is 5 years and her friend, Jana, love sending and receiving postcards we send each other a postcard a month.

Also, the children who come to my shop love guessing where the postcards I’ve got on the wall come from. First, they try to guess it by looking at the picture, then at the stamp and finally, at the text.

One of them, Max, brought me a box full of postcards from his mum when she was young. He is so interested in this topic that he has started his own collection. I’m so proud of him!

What’s one way that postcards have changed your life for the better?

The most important one is that I’ve known incredible people, most of them have become friends without even knowning them in person.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or collections?

Yes! I collect fruit labels. In fact, in my Postcrossing profile, I’ve got a special request, I ask if the person who is sending me a postcard can paste a fruit label on the postcard. I have already received many labels from different parts of the world.

I also love gardening, I always compare the process of growing a plant to sending a postcard. You choose the right one, you prepare it and then it flies until it gets its destination, like the plant when it grows.

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Remember our little mail carriers? The last time we checked on them, little Paulo and Ana were in Taiwan… but no more! Come discover what they’ve been up to recently, in this lively report by their latest host, icitaiwan!

Hello from Valencia in Spain. It has been quite a while since you’ve heard something from us, but we’ve been very busy with traveling all over the world.

Our journey started in November when our sweet host shui sent us to the northern part of Taiwan where our new host, icitaiwan, was living. Yes, you’re reading it well…she’s not living there anymore. We arrived at a place, full of boxes and to be honest, it was messy, too ;). We explored Nankan where we were staying and took the bus to Taipei for a short trip. Our first stop was the Taipei 101. The “101” was the tallest skyscraper in the world until 2010 and we can tell you that it’s tall, 509 meters!

We ate a local snack and on the way back we really had a laugh when we read this sign in the bus on our way back home: “Please fasten your seatbelt. For landing please ring the bell. Please do not leave the seat when the vehicle is not all arranged yet”.


We also wanted to visit the Taipei International Flower Exposition, but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance, because the weather was so bad on the day that we intended to go and my host had to leave Taiwan soon. Instead of visiting the Expo we went to the Taipei Zoo where we saw pandas and many other animals.


At the end of December we were put in a little box and when our host opened it again we felt so cold. We had taken an airplane to the Netherlands where our host was staying for the holidays. Everything was covered with snow and we really regretted it not to have brought our scarves with us. We had a great time during the holidays, ate lots of food and gained some weight.


In the beginning of January we were put in the same little box again (oh no….!) and we saw daylight again in Valencia, Spain. We have traveled all the way to Spain, because our host decided to leave Taiwan for Europe for good.

We have had a great time in Valencia. The weather was sunny, warm and we saw beautiful blue skies. We enjoyed our free-time by wandering through the streets downtown. We started our trip on “Plaza de la Reina” where you can see the “Catedral de Valencia”. After that we walked to the “Mercado Central”. It’s a colorful market in a very old building. This sight-seeing trip made us hungry, so we ended up on one of the many terraces to have something to eat. What else could we buy than paella valenciana? This is Spanish rice with chicken and rabbit. The wine tasted pretty good, too…cheers!


After our siesta we decided to go to “La Lonja de la Seda”. It’s a late Valencian Gothic style civil building, built between 1482 and 1548, and one of the principal tourist attractions in the city. The UNESCO considered it as a World Heritage Site in 1996. “La Lonja” was used as silk exchange.

Another day we planned a trip to the "Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas”. This is a cultural and architectural complex and it’s the most important modern tourist destination in Valencia.

The City of the Arts and the Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is situated at the end of the old riverbed Turia. Turia became a garden in 1980, after the bypass of the river by the great flood of Valencia in 1957. The complex was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela and the whole project was completed in 1998. It’s made up of 7 buildings. It is an amazing place to visit and it’s so beautiful on sunny days when the sun reflects onto the water and the buildings.


Time flies when you’re having fun and our last trip was to Malverossa Beach in Valencia. It’s a nice place to go to on the weekends. People are strolling along the beach, playing soccer and beach volleyball, or they are having a drink on one of the many terraces along the beach. We played on the beach and even tried to go for a swim, but the water was still too cold.


OK….this was an update from the two of us. Check out this site again soon for more adventures. We are on our way to a very special place now…..adios……..!