As I prepare to leave my old New Jersey home for my soon-to-be island home, I got to thinking about postcards.
When is the last time you sent a postcard? We still share our adventures incessantly, of course, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all of that. But it's not the same. We no longer 'wish you were here.'
When I was younger, I used to be a huge postcard fan. It was fun to write them to my cousins and friends from home as my family traveled cross-country in our motor home. My love for postcards (and snail mail in general) still exists and so I wonder why the act of sending them has died.
Last year, the U.S. Postal Service processed 770 million stamped postcards in 2014. That's down from 1.2 billion in 2010. I think it's a shame because a postcard offers a whole lot more than a 'like' on Facebook or a favorite on Instagram. It provides a less narcissistic connection from one place in the world to another and a conversation between two people. And of course a snapshot of the location, whether beautiful, cheesy, informative or generic.
So here's my idea: During your travels this summer (and in the next two years) write a postcard and send it my way. I don't care where you are (whether you never leave your hometown or find yourself in Antarctica), I want to hear from you! I will feature them on this blog and start a collection to show the world through postcards.
Here's my address during the first three months of my service. (I'll update it once I get assigned my site in Madagascar).
Olivia Prentzel, PCV
Bureau du Corps de la Paix
Poste Zoom Ankorondrano
Oh, and make sure to include your address so I can return the favor. :)