I had a great time with my boyfriend’s family on Christmas! Today I played in the snow with Louis-Justin and Martin… and tomorrow we’re going to see Tintin at the cinema!
It feels good not having 1348 things to do this week… But don’t worry, I still have a Penpal of the Week interview for you today! So without further ado, let’s meet Sarah from the USA.
Please tell us about you!
Howdy! This is Sarah from Oklahoma. I am a full time student studying geology and science education. I am 23 but on New Year’s Eve I will be 24. My favorite things in life are: soccer (football), my dog, hiking, postcrossing (username: SarahBee), baking, reading, geocaching, watercolors, letterboxing, swimming, running, tea, and of course letter writing!
This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my dog, Mia
(it is also my postcrossing profile picture).
When I have free time I love to travel even if it is just a day trip. My travel goals are to visit every single National Park in the U.S. as well as all 50 States. I love combining my other hobbies with my travels; I will drive 7 hours to see a soccer game, I always carry a sketchbook, I try to visit a new tea house, and of course I geocache and letterbox along the way.
The soccer teams I support are the Women’s and Men’s United States National Teams, Chicago Fire SC and Liverpool FC.
My dog is a two year old Norwegian Elkhound, she is the fluffball of joy in my life and we enjoy daily walks and longer hikes during the weekends.
Oh, and I am left-handed!
These are a few of my soccer jerseys and scarves I’ve collected.
Describe your personality in 10 words!
Easy-going, Tolerant, Loyal, Nurturing, Colorful, Active, Random, Humorous, Passionate, and Determined.
How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!
I have been pen-palling on and off for the past 12 years. My first pen pal I got through a pen-pal program that was in the American Girl magazine back in the day. We wrote to each other for over a year but since we didn’t have too many shared interests we didn’t continue to write to each other.
I always loved writing letters to family members and friends who moved away.
I went caving for the very first time this summer!
It was definitely different than just walking through a cave.
There were many times I though I was going to get stuck, it was amazing!
How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?
I currently have about 6 on/off again penpals that are in Canada, Belarus, the Netherlands, and Germany.
What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?
Most of my letters are about my day to day life. I love writing about my travels and picking up extra postcards for letters. I don’t really have any limits on topics and I have discussed everything from cultures and religions to tv series and favorite fashions (often in the same letter!).
I would say my top 5 topics are adventures with my dog, what I am working on in my classes, preparing for holidays, traveling, and baking.
I feel like reading a letter should be like sitting down and chatting with a long lost friend.
This is my shelves where I keep all my postcards, letters and supplies.
I love being organized.
What are you looking for in a penpal?
I am looking for someone with similar interests! I think having some hobbies in common is the key to a long lasting pen friendship.
I really appreciate a penpal who will write back in a timely fashion.
My current penpals range in age from 20’s-late 30’s, I do prefer that my penpals are not much younger than me (5 years or so) because I find that there is disconnect in interests but I don’t really have an upper age limit! Location does not matter to me either, in fact I would love to have a penpal in the States!
I am only looking for snail mail pals and save emailing for penpalling emergencies such as a notice of a delayed letter, exchanging addresses, etc.
Here are some of my travel sketchbooks.
What do you like the most about penpalling?
I love the feeling just before opening an envelope! I also enjoy getting to know people through snail mail, everything is so instant now that is it nice to slow down and put true discovery and anticipation back into making a new friend by sharing your lives through letters and pictures.
In what language(s) do you correspond?
Sadly, only English. I can understand a bit of French but not enough to write a whole letter!
This is my friend Aja and I out letterboxing in Tennessee.
What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?
I get so excited when I get a letter I typically start writing back the same day and try to get it in the mail within a week. I have a small clipboard that fits in my purse so I can write letters whenever I have down time.
On the weekends (and on some lazy evenings) I will sit down and write a whole letter usually with a pot of tea and some snacks.
My general rule on length of letters is to match the length of the one I received. I love writing longer letters because I tend to ramble a bit!
Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?
Not anything in particular… I did just get a letter that one of my penpals and I both assumed was lost 4 months after she mailed it!
Have you met any of your penpals?
No, but I am not opposed to the idea! I would definitely make the effort if passing through an area where one of my penpals lived.
Here I am on top of the tallest mountain I climbed. It was over 14,000 ft back in 2005.
Are you currently looking for more penpals?
Yes, always! Please email me or leave a comment below!
Thank you Sarah, and happy birthday!