Snail Mail

Do you remember how in love the duck and I were with Japan Post and how they redeliver your missed parcel to a location and within a time slot of your choosing (even more than once, if you are a complete failure)? Well, the same can’t be said for our experiences with the German equivalent, unfortunately.
See, the duck and I are huge fans of old-fashioned mail (but not telegrams – they were such a hassle back in our childhood days). There’s almost nothing that beats a nice little postcard or a cute personal letter; they just have so much more character than a conversation on your favorite messaging app, and last much longer than a video chat. That is why the duck and I used our first visit to a Berlin post office earlier this year to grab a couple of those ten-packs of self-adhesive stamps (because you never know when you’ll have a sudden urge to send a postcard but are too lazy to go to the nearest post office to buy a single stamp – also, how dare those stupid water-activated pieces of paper call themselves stamps?!).
stamp duck
Doesn’t the duck look happy with all those stamps? Well, we both were! Did I mention how much the duck and I love mail? This year, however, Deutsche Post has tried very hard to shake our belief in snail mail:
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Japanese mail

Now that Christmas is approaching, much faster than we’d like because the festive season is by far our favorite time of the year, there’s this self-imposed force (gosh, are we excited to watch the new Star Wars!) to be social and at least send out a few Christmas cards to show that we’re still alive and have not turned into trains ourselves (yet). Anyway, this post is about how amazing and reliable the Japanese postal services are.

post duck

Our first proper encounter probably was when we found this red and white card in our mail box because we had missed a delivery – Santa colors are the best colors! But what does it mean?! Handicapped by our miserable Japanese skills, we turned to our friend Google and found this useful guide on navigating through the Japan Post website. That was going to be the beginning of our postal service appreciation journey:  Continue reading