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For Foreigners

Homesick remedy #1 – Writing Letters

That’s right. I said writing. Not sending emails or whatsapping people. Writing an actual letter on actual paper that people can actually keep. Writing cards and letters is something I grew up doing. My proper southern mama (hi mom!) always had us write cards for special occasions or to say thank you and it kinda stuck. Letters are a dying tradition but they are one of the most squishy, mushy ways to make someone feel appreciated, especially when you live far, far away from your lovies. Those of us who live abroad can appreciate it most of all. (hint: card giveaway at the bottom!) 

I even have a box of letters from over the years that I’ve kept which includes old notes passed at school, love letters from past boyfriends, and cards from family members. Going over them every few years is a real treat. A look at how silly you once were or how someone really felt about you at that moment.

One of the most important parts of a good letter is penmanship. If your handwriting isn’t great, it could be hard to fix but it’s good to take the time to writing slowly and nicely, even if you can’t write in cursive, like me. Who needs it? Cursive is hard to read anyway. Just make sure it’s legible so your reader can, well, read it.IMG_2055

Next is choosing a card or the stationary. A beautifully-made card which is original, elegant, or funny is the best option. Stationary that was made for you or represents something you like is also nice. I often send cards with butterflies as many of friends and family know that I love them (or a ^^shark since I’m from Florida!)

IMG_2040Thirdly, you have to decide what to write. The best tip I can offer is try and avoid cliches and trite phrases which everyone uses and that don’t express your true feelings. I like to be funny and sweet, which keeps it light but meaningful at the same time. The best cards are those that say something original and heartfelt. Another tip – when you’re writing a card or a letter which you expect the person to keep or for a special occasion, write or type the text somewhere else first. That way, in case you’d like to change it, you can without ruining the nice card. I’ve done that too many times to count.

Here’s a card that I’m giving to my Polish friends who are getting married in September. I love the pun! The best part?

 

 

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It’s gender neutral so you can buy the card for any couple whose wedding you may be attending. Marriage equality for the win! The card is from Pelican Post, a company based out of Amsterdam that makes fun, eco-friendly and high-quality greeting cards. In honor of summer, the perfect time for writing to friends far, far away, we’re doing a giveaway with Pelican Post for 3 cards of your choice from their Etsy page. In order to take part in the giveaway, you have complete to these three short requirements:

  1. Like @polonization_leah on Instagram
  2. Like @pelicanpost on Instagram
  3. Comment on this post with who you’d like to send a card to this summer, why you’d choose them, and where they live! The more exotic, the better :) After 7 days we’ll choose 2 winners with the most interesting comments to choose the 3 cards they like the most to receive for free!

So be sure to comment for a chance to win!

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply Julia 13 August 2016 at 11:33

    Okay, so if i could, i’d send card to my Internet friend, Zosia. She lives 556 kilometres from me In Gniezno. There’s nothing exotic about this town, but this girl is really important to me. She deserves card. We know each other for 20 months.

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 16 August 2016 at 08:39

      Gniezno! I know someone who lives there too :)

  • Reply Nancy Southers 13 August 2016 at 18:51

    I expect a cute card from Pelican Post very soon 😉 <3 Proud mama!

  • Reply Aga 15 August 2016 at 21:52

    I would send cards to my very two best friends which I left more than half year ago in my hometown Wroclaw. Now Im living in Goteborg Sweden so there is quite big distance between us;( but we always love postcards, sending or bringing them from all over the world for eachother! Something pretty funny from pelicanpost would fit perfectly for those collections!

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 16 August 2016 at 08:39

      Living in Sweden? Very cool!

      • Reply Aga 16 August 2016 at 09:28

        Yep! I found love across the sea. Long story…almost like a fairy tale 😉

  • Reply Kamila 15 August 2016 at 22:11

    I will send postcard with otters to my cousin Adam from Lubin. He is going to get married in September and unfortunately I can’t be there because of my doctor exams. Another two postcards I will send to people from Postcrossing society. I love get postcards from exotic countries :)

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 16 August 2016 at 08:39

      Do you exchange postcards with people you don’t know through some exchange? I’ve never heard of Postcrossing.

      • Reply Kamila 16 August 2016 at 11:32

        Yes, I exchange postcards with foreign people 😉 I have profil on postcrossing.com and I really like this feeling when I get surprise-postcard :)

  • Reply Natalia 17 August 2016 at 22:31

    Hi Leah! First of all, I love those cards (The otter pun is genius!). If I get the cards I will send one of them to my friend in Cali. We’ve known each other for almost four years. Unfortunately, we have never met in person (I keep dreaming that one day it will happen) , but she still means a lot to me. There’s quite an age gap (8 years) between us, but somehow we just clicked and we still keep in touch 😉 I plan on sending her some postcards from the places I had visited this vacation anyway, but I think it would be lovely to add a friendship card as well . :)

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 18 August 2016 at 06:40

      That’s really cool! How’d you guys meet?

      • Reply Natalia 18 August 2016 at 10:46

        We met a while back when she was writing a fanfiction about my favourite tv show. I stumbled upon it and I fell in love, so I sent her a message about it and we started talking :) We found out we had a lot in common and we have been good friends ever since. :)

        • Reply Leah Morawiec 18 August 2016 at 15:11

          That’s a super cool story :)

  • Reply anna kaczorowska 24 August 2016 at 16:34

    Your blog is great! So Interesting to see Warsaw /Poland from your perspective:-) I am looking for native English tutor for my 11 old daughter. Would you be interested? 😉

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 25 August 2016 at 20:59

      Hi Anna – that’s so nice of you to ask :) If you’d like to speak more about it, please send me an email at leah@talkback.pl. thanks!

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