By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
Correspond with long-term penpals
I participated in a Penpal Exchange Program at my school when I was eight years-old. My penpal was a girl from Ghana. We wrote each other for an entire year through our corresponding schools.
And then I grew up. And moved. And technology moved along with me.
In a day and age of computers, Internet, mobile phones, Skype, Facebook, and Twitter, the art of letter writing has slowly disintegrated. It’s a surprise that Canada Post survives at all if it weren’t for our much awaited packages in the mail from eBay.
So, I mentioned finding myself some penpals to my husband. Is it so an outdated idea that people from all over the globe actually pick up a pen and write on paper and snail-mail it to potential friends with the same interests and love of letter writing?
Not according to the website I found when searching online for some organization that might facilitate this kind of hobby.
And so, I look forward to a growing, long-term relationship with my pen-friends from:
- Vienna, Austria
- Czech Republic
- Meridian, Idaho
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Algiers, Algeria
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Oslo, Norwayh
- Erd, Hungary
- Tokyo, Japan
- Hartford, Connecticut
- Oulu, Finland
Here’s to fresh ink, parchment, postcards, pretty envelopes, and faraway stamps. Here’s to fine penmanship and good friends.