31 Before 31 ~ Have an International Penfriend

I’ve been meaning to write about this for so long! According to my own rules, I can’t cross it off of my list until I’ve blogged about it, and for some reason it has taken me months to do that!

When I decided that I wanted a penpal, I couldn’t really work out the best way to go about it. There are lots of penpal website out there, but I’ve tried them before and frankly they are useless. They are full of people who are trying to scam you, or who are using the sites as dating websites.

Luckily, when I wrote about my desire for an international penpal a few months ago, I got a reply from Bev, a lovely English blogger who lives in Germany. We connected a while ago through our blogs (through Friday Letters), and now we are sort of penpals. I say sort of, because we’ve only exchanged a letter each, and a postcard, and it’s my turn to write to her. In my defence, I have written the letter, I just haven’t posted it, and now I think I’m going to have to add another letter to it in order to get it a bit more up to date!

I also used Sarah’s Network of Nice at Yes and Yes to try and find a penpal, and I was inundated with responses! I am being less than perfect about replying to the people I have connected with there too, but I hope that I manage to stay in touch with them, because they seem like really interesting people! Sarah, from Texas, works at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and recently got to attend the opening where all five presidents were. I can’t believe my luck at getting to chat to someone in that enviable position!

Through the Network of Nice, I also connected with Jenny from Georgia, in the USA. We’ve exchanged a couple of letters and another one to her is definitely on my to-do list!

So that’s that; I can officially cross off another item!

20. Have an international penpal

5 Comments on 31 Before 31 ~ Have an International Penfriend

  1. Hannah Ackroyd
    July 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Congrats on finding pen pals! You’ll soon become hooked on snail mailing…I know that I did!

    Reply
    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

      I love snail mail – there’s nothing better than hearing the letter box going and knowing that something exciting is going to be waiting for you!

      Reply
  2. bevchen
    July 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

    No rush with posting your letter… I won’t be able to empty my mailbox for a week now anyway 😉

    Reply
    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

      I still haven’t posted it! It’s all ready to go, I just need to get to the post office!

      Reply

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