Penpalling & Letters


Everybody who is into penpalling knows well what it is about... But what can be written in a letter? Any idea, thought, opinion, experience, happening in your life... can be written in a paper. When writing letters it is possible that many of those are addressed to people living far away from your land. Besides your own personal events, have you ever shared anything typical from your country with your pals? Explanations about your native language(s), literature, history, art, music, dances, crafts, food, gastronomy, festivals, landscapes, climate, fauna, flora, currency, national flag, religion, legends, mythology, customs, traditions, or even the origin of your country... are topics which could be part of a letter.

Would you like to tell your own stories to other people living all over the world? If you are interested in writing about any of those characteristics of your country or the land you live and let the rest of us know about it, please, contact me at penpallingandletters[at]gmail[dot]com or just leave a comment in this entry. We can decide together if your text will fit into a "questions and answers" style or maybe it will be a story, article... accompanied of one or several pictures if possible. I am waiting for your messages, then!

Topics suggestion

- language
- literature (about a writer, a book, poetry...)
- history (any historical fact you would like to mention)
- art (painters, musicians, cinema...)
- popular music, popular dances, popular instruments
- crafts done there
- typical food, gastronomy, share a recipe you like to cook
- festivals (typical of your town, city, region, country)
- landscapes (a mountain, a lake, a river, a coastal area, a natural park which is well-known in your country...)
- how is the climate you live in - about fauna, especial animals you can find in your place and the same with flora, plants which are typical from there
- currency (for example we can talk about the old one before Euro for those who have it in Europe now and for the rest of the world... there are plenty of different currency)
- your national flag (the origin of the colours, when it was born, meaning of the coat of arms...)
- about your national anthem and we even can add a video to listen to it
- if you like mythology and legends of your homeland you can share one
- typical customs or traditions


I. "The story of Saint Dimpna" by Tinne (Belgium)
II. "Brontë Sisters Birth and Residence Places" by Bursts of Bubbles (England)
III. "A Bulgarian tradition: Martenitzi" by Team (Bulgaria)
IV. "The legend of Baszta Dorotka in Kalisz" by Justyna (Poland)
V. "The City of Sudbury in Ontario - Canada" by Lyndsi (Canada)
VI. "Sinterklaas" by Deirdre (Netherlands)
VII. "The Saint Nicholas tradition". Guests: Team (Bulgaria), Marina (Croatia), Samia (France), Sabine (Germany), Sara (Italy)
VIII. "Christmas Time". Several guests from different countries
IX. "New Year's celebrations". Several guests from different countries
X. "Día de Reyes" or "Three Kings Day" by Erika (Mexico)
XI. "Día de la Candelaria" - "Candlemas Day" by Erika (Mexico)
XII. "At the shores of the Neretva" by Maria (Croatia)
XIII. "Easter traditions in Germany and Slovenia". Guests: Katharina (Germany) and Vesna (Slovenia)
XIV. "Corners of Warsaw" by Agnieszka (Poland)
XV. "Midsummer" by Sandra (Sweden)
XVI. "Tasting waffles" by Kristel (Belgium)
XVII. "Baklava" by Sibel (Turkey)
XVIII. "Celebration of the harvesting time: Samhain" by Silvia (Italy)
XIX. "The Christmas Season in Spain" by Beatriz (Spain)
XX. "Diada de Sant Jordi, the celebration of the Book Day in Catalonia, Spain" by Beatriz (Spain)

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