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“all that red on the map, like a blood stain”

the morning after the US election, i heard someone utter that description of the results and it stuck. stunned and spinning and scrambling for explanations, the world puzzled at the websummit, the theme unavoidable on every panel.

in the weeks since, disbelief gave way to real fear. everything else has felt rather small and meaningless, in comparison to the big elephant in the room.

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and then, slowly but surely, this cold helplessness in the pit of my stomach has transformed into a kind of determination. i’ve realised there is something i can do — which is, after all, exactly what we’ve been doing for the past 11 years through postcrossing: randomly connecting strangers.

if this project has taught me anything, it’s that people everywhere want the same things: to be happy and healthy, to keep their loved ones safe, to be heard and understood. when we randomly match two of these strangers across the world, we disregard their religion, skin colour, political stance or nationality… and yet, whoever they are, they share this brief moment together, teaching and learning and smiling for a few seconds. it’s beautiful.

it’s of little consolation, i’m sure, in the grand scheme of things, but it’s something. the more we know of these “strangers” out there, the more we understand them. and the more we understand, the less we fear.

and this — this i can do.

isetta stamps!

i found about these completely by accident, while on a postcrossing meetup in germany last year… and i adore them! :D

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had i known these existed sooner, i would have sent all my postcards with them!!

the czech postcrossing stamp

we were in prague at the beginning of the month for the czech postcrossing stamp launch. this was a very special stamp for us: for the first time ever, we were given free reign to design something from scratch — no questions asked. of course, with it came a huge responsibility… how do you convey the idea of postcrossing on such a tiny rectangle?!

well, the task to translate postcrossing into images fell on the shoulders of our friend maria, and she more than delivered!

we’re so pleased and proud of how this one turned out! the concept is there, perfectly illustrated: writing, sending and receivng… a never-ending flow of postcards, connecting the world from hand to hand! :)

one second every day – october 2014

and since we’re on it, might as well do october as well:

there you go! october was exciting: we visited frankfurt’s mail sorting center, did the tube challenge (twice!), spent our days with friends old and new and their babies… really, if this isn’t nice, what is?

the postcrossing postcard bags

i have quite a few things to write about bavaria and our lovely april roadtrip down the romantic road – but i’ll start by an insignificant detail which inevitably caught our eye: the postcard bags!

first thing we noticed when we checked in at the hotel the first night? this:

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and then later that day, on a museum shop:

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they were everywhere in bavaria, our little postcrossing-themed bags! :)

they resulted from a collaboration with schöning verlag, a card publisher who used to sell the back space of their paper bags for advertising. but sales of ads were down, and one day they found out about postcrossing, and decided to offer us the space for advertising the project. maria did her magic with the design and baam! they printed millions of them, and spread them all over germany.

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it’s impossible to measure just how effective they are as a means of spreading the word, but it’s still very cool to stumble on them :) plus, their bags look 200% nicer now!