Zara’s Bucket List Sunday: 01.22.2012

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 Is it so an outdated idea that people from all over the globe actually pick up a pen and write on paper and snail-mail it to potential friends with the same interests and love of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.

Canadian stamps




Zara Alexis

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