Monday, May 17, 2010

Postcrossing surprise

Recently I vented about some Postcrossing woes, so I thought I'd just note that I just got word that one of my two postcards traveling to Russia actually arrived - this one after 53 days! I had sworn it was going to expire. Wow. Also, it recently took a postcard to Florida (right here in the USA, on the same coast and everything) 23 days to arrive. My postcard to Canada is still traveling - 35 days. (That user hasn't been spotted in as long - I have a feeling she's disappeared.) I've also recently sent postcards to Poland, Finland and Switzerland that were registered in a mere 4 days, so some international mail DOES move really quickly!

8 comments:

  1. Hey! I also sent a postcard to Russia and it was registered after 14 days :) On the other hand my postcard to France hasn't arrived after 27 days yet..and it's only 794 km from me..

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  2. I feel you all of my cards right now are taking incredibly long..and it is frusterating.

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  3. Isn't it fun when you get that "Hurray!" email, and then you anxiously scroll down to read what the person says about the card?...I have only one official card traveling at the moment, 34 days and counting to Russia.

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  4. I completely understand your complaints. Sometimes I think that "oh, that country's mail system must not be as quick as ours" but then a card will get to Malaysia in 11 days and I'm like WHAT?! Hahah. I think that sometimes people just don't register the cards as they get them too which I don't understand. I can't not look at my mail when it comes in! It's like ignoring a present. :)

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  5. I'm always amazed at how quickly I can get mail to Germany or the Netherlands. I mean, heavens it takes like 6-10 days to get something to Washington state but 4 to Germany?! Couldn't agree more with the other commenters-- love getting that "hooray" email, seeing their response to the card, and finding out where to send things to next.

    I'm at 58 days to Russia. Here's hoping it makes it before expiring. 48 hours to go...

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  6. I recently received two Postcrossing cards from Europe (Italy and Germany) on the third day after they were postmarked. I can't even get a postcard from DC to my mother in Florida in three days most of the time!

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  7. Remember I commented on your last Postcrossing post? My experiment with mailing to Russia seemed to have worked. My postcard arrived in 17 days when I addressed it in both English and Cyrillic (with the help of freetranslation.com). Perhaps that helped both postal services deliver faster than usual!

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  8. I appreciate the idea of addressing postcrossing cards to Russia in cyrillic, but I confess I'm just not likely to allocate the time to do that, any more than I'll address postcards to China in Chinese or Israel in Hebrew. I applaud those of you that go that extra mile, but I gotta be realistic about what I am and am not likely to do with the volume of postcards.

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