Monday, February 20, 2012

Penpal of the Week #64


Hello my friends! Today we have another young Penpal of the Week – it’s nice to know that some teenagers are still into letter writing nowadays!


Please tell us about you!

My name is Lizzie and I’m 14 years old. I live with my mum, dad, brother (and all of his reptiles), 2 cats and a dog in Hampshire, England. I spend most of my free time singing, dancing, acting, spending time with friends and family and of course writing letters. You can follow my new blog: I found the randoms.


Lizzie 1

This is me when I went on a boat trip in Germany.


Describe your personality in 10 words!

Fun, loud, random, crazy (only slightly :D ), creative, outgoing, friendly, messy, organised, unique.


How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!

When I was on holiday when I was about 8 years old I met a girl called Amy who was from Ireland. We became good friends over the week so we exchanged addresses. I wrote to her for about a year until we lost contact. After that, when I was about 9 I signed up to a penpal site and the rest is history.


Lizzie 2

Me in the snow on 5th Febuary 2012.


How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?

I now haveĀ  6 penpals: 1 from Australia, 1 from South Africa, 1 from Germany, 1 from Mexico and 2 from America. They’re all really nice and write regulary. They are all girls who are between the ages of 12 and 15.


What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?

I love to discuss all sorts of things! I like to tell them about things that have happened since the last letter, share stories, jokes and other things that I know they will be interested in discussing. I ask lots of questions to keep the letters flowing.


Lizzie 3

This is my cat Daisy and her 4 kittens born on Easter Sunday 2010.


What are you looking for in a penpal?

I like to write to people around my age (In their teens) as I feel it gives us more to talk about. I need to be able to trust they won’t stop writing for no reason. A part from that I’ll write to anyone.


What do you like the most about penpalling?

I love coming home from school and seeing a letter, which has travelled all around the world, sat on the stairs. I love the fact that I can call someone from the other side of the world my friend. I love the feeling you get before you open the letter and the excitement of writing one back.


In what language(s) do you correspond?

I correspond mostly in English but I write in German too. I usually don’t get the word order perfect (in German) but my penpals seem to understand.


Lizzie 4

This is a sample of my handwriting. I hope you can read it.


What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?

When I get a letter I have to sit down and start writing straight away. I go into my office and find a colourful pen, some pretty paper and decorate it with lots of stickers. It has to be quiet. I can’t listen to music while writing otherwise I start writing the lyrics to the song mid sentence. I make sure I use a nice envelope too and think “Would I be happy about getting this through the post?”. I usually include some stickers, pencils, pens, coins, stamps, sweets, postcards e.t.c. My letters can vary in length depending on who I’m writing too. If someone asked me lots of questions I can write a small novel! But usually they’re about 4 A5 pages long. My letter is usually in the post the next day but it can take a week or two depending how much school work I have as I can’t rush a letter.


Lizzie 5

This is my desk where I reply to all my letters.


Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?

Nothing strange or funny has ever happened to me. I’ve been quite lucky!


Have you met any of your penpals?

A part from my Irish friend who I met first no. Although I would love to !


Are you currently looking for more penpals?

I’m always looking for penpals around my age! You can contact me by email at


! I look forward to hear from you :D


Thank you Lizzie! And now I’m wondering how many people in their teens are reading my blog? Say hello if you see this! :)

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15 Responses to “Penpal of the Week #64”

  1. I wish I could get my 15-year-old sister into pen-paling. Sadly, it’s not going to happen.

  2. I’m seventeen and snail mailing is probably my favorite thing to do, next to reading and breathing. Not many people I knew in high school found the idea appealing, though.

  3. I’m also seventeen. Hi everyone!!!! :) I’m reading this blog for a long time, but I don’t have enough courage to start penpaling with someone, but it looks like so fun and probably I will not be able to resist :D

  4. It’s wonderful to see that young people are also insterested in this!

  5. And hey, I’m seventeen, too! <3 And a 14-years-old letter writer gives me so much hope the world isn't dying yet!

    Karolina, you DEFINITELY should start. I'm begging you, for your own good! |D There are many good places you can find pen pals in; I wish you lots of luck <3

  6. Thank you, Michi, for your support! :) Here are so many people who are very friendly and always nice for each other :) A huge hug for you, Michi!!! :)

  7. Hey Julie! I’m 16 :) Karolina, you should write to someone! It’s a lot of fun, and easier than you’d think!

  8. I’m seventeen as well!
    And I would have to agree with Michi, Karolina, you should start penpalling! It’s a life changing experience. Especially when you meet the right people who have so much to teach you. :D

  9. Well, Karolina, since everyone else is suggesting it, I’m going to fourth Destiny, Olivia and Michi. xD And if you ever do start, I’m sure you’ll have tons of people interested by the sound of it.

    By the way, Julie, have you received a penpal ad from Shelby in the States? I’m just curious as to travel time.

  10. It’s great to know that some of my blog readers are under 18! :)

    And Shelby, I haven’t received your penpal ad yet – hopefully soon!

  11. I’m 14, and pen palling is one of my favorite pastimes!Good to know that others around my age are too!

  12. I’d like to be published as a penpal of the week :)

  13. Give it up for Hampshire, the land of the snail mailers. I thought I was the only one in the area. Good to see our postboxes are getting put to good use!

  14. Good to know I’m not the only teenager reading this :D

  15. Great to see young people snail-mailing, your desk is great, so many cute things and daisy and her kittens are adorable! Happy snail mailing!

    Fiona from Ireland :)


My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of pens and a day full of hugs.

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