From the beginning there was always the desire to travel coupled with the mystery and adventure of the people I would meet along the way. First bicycle to car, then train and plane. My travels were not the tour bus variety.  They were by the seat of my pants with friends or sometimes alone. Despite my independent style I was still on a guide book agenda and most of the people I would meet were other travelers. I rarely if never made a meaningful connection with locals.
Then in 2008 I discovered a little website called postcrossing.com which is all about sending and receiving postcards from around the world. Most people that participate do so because they long to receive real handwritten mail. Some are in it for collecting purposes, some use it for a kind of armchair travel, but others are thrilled to rediscover and resurrect the Pen Pal. For me it was the idea of connecting with people all over the planet, the challenge of writing something meaningful in a small space, and the joy of picking the perfect card and making someone happy. I was instantly addicted and soon made lots of interesting friends in far flung places. The Postcrossing community began to shape the direction of my travels and  I set out to meet these wonderful people in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, England, Spain, Mexico city and right here in Chicago.
Life was great! Except….whoops! I seemed to have misplaced my job ;( Where did I put it? I found myself shit out of luck at 51…or was I? All the time in the world to wander except for the looming gloom of no more money doom.  All arrows pointed to an extreme alternative lifestyle plan. Big changes. Then I found Couchsurfing.org a website designed to host travelers or be hosted when traveling. Beyond the economic appeal, it’s true heart is to experience a place through it’s people. To cook a meal together or go to your hosts favorite tavern or coffee house…the one that’s not in the guide book. I started by hosting and earned myself some nice reviews for when I was ready to start surfing in Kentucky and Georgia. Then I planned a trip woven with Postcrossing and couchsurfing in  Spain, France and Netherlands.
So what’s this about?
A bottomless pit of wanderlust
Good stories itching to be told
Writing postcards
Seeing the essence of people though their written word
Taking a chance/ leaps of faith
Each random encounter diverting the path
Believing in the kindness of strangers

7 Responses to “About”


  1. 1 sby March 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats, my lovely friend! I can’t wait to read more!!

  2. 2 Paulina March 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    It looks like a beginning of wonderful blog 🙂
    Good luck!

  3. 3 Inga March 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I’m ‘ABOUT’ to be delighted, fascinated and amused by your experiences.

  4. 4 Isabelle April 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Found and read it. 😉 Hugs from Germany!

  5. 5 chevalcheveux April 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Found your website while admiring your Chicago train station card on Postcrossing. We have a similar history with travel, adventure, and postcard hoarding! I only discovered Postcrossing 6 months ago and am having a great time jettisoning my old collection to folks who will enjoy the cards. You’ve inspired me to travel to Germany to meet a penpal. Thanks for putting this link on Postcrossing!

  6. 6 Loona aka the drinking superhiro :D :D :D April 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I knew it that when Felice will start a blog (kinda like Carrie from the sex and the city 😀 ) it will come out great and interesting and entertaining 🙂 Keep it up you Crazzzzy girl! I love it:)

  7. 7 Edie May 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Bravo Felice! You have always had the soul of a story teller and an adventurous spirit. Your travel blog was meant to be.


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