Monday, February 25, 2013

Snail-mailers around the globe: Peru

For the next interview of this series we have Lu, we've been friends for a couple years now and she's actually my "postcrossing pupil" so it's very cool to have her for this second interview! 

In what snail-mailing activities do you take part?
Postcard swapping and pen-paling 

How did you became a snail-mailer?
It was actually because of you, I saw you were getting a lot of gifts and postcards from your pen-pals and asked about it. You introduced me to the postcrossing world.

For how long have you been doing this?
Almost a year.

Can you show three of your favorite postcards and make a little explanation on why you like them?

This is one of my faves because of the color it has, I love how the sky turns purple and the illumination helps to highlight the Brandenburger Tor and the nearby buildings. 

I fell in love with the design and the "rainbowish" colors that decorate it 

I like this one because of the view it gives me, mixing the colors of the postcard, makes me wanna go there so bad. It's a must next time I'm in Italy again.

How much does it cost to send a postcard in your country?
The cost of sending a postcard in Peru is 5.50 Soles, about 1.61  1.38 £ and $2.14 USD atm.

Do you have any theme collections? If you do, why are you collecting them?
I have a little Hamburg collection, because it's my favorite city in the whole world and like the hamburgers say... it's the most beautiful city in the world. Besides it, I don't have any specific theme collections, sometimes I like being surprised.  

If you are into pen-paling, from which countries do you have pen-pals from?

Have you discovered any destination you'd like to travel to thanks to a postcard?
Yeah, Boracay in the Philippines and Calabria in Italy.  

Please share a few facts about other countries you've learned thanks to postcards or letters:

  • That Maribor in Slovenia was 2012's European Capital of Culture.
  • The Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Warsaw with a height of 230.5 m. 

A few fun/strange/surprising facts you'd like to share about your country?
  • The potato is originally from Peru and we produce over 3000 varieties
  • We have one of the new 7 wonders, Machu Picchu
  • Peruvian food has 468 different registered typical dishes 
  • The oldest newspaper in South America is El Peruano, founded by Simon Bolivar in Lima in 1825
  • The Plaza de Acho is the second oldest bull ring made in the world. It was built in the days of viceroy Amat in 1766

In your opinion, what is it that makes sending postcards and letters through snail-mail special?
Considering that we live in a  time where communication around the world has turned so easy and fast with the Internet and some old habits have been replaced or have disappeared because of new technologies, sending letters or little packages, waiting for them to arrive gives you a different feeling about communication. I mean is not the same receiving a picture from someone's trip on your smartphone than in a little envelope, or a box, opening it, the expectation of what is it going to be. That's the feeling that makes, at least in my opinion, snail-mailing so special. 

Muchas gracias Lu!

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