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Penpals - a lost hobby? :s


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Does anyone remember being young and having a penpal?

My girlfriend recently mentioned to me that she wants a penpal, so i'm joining her on it - a real penpal, the kind where you send each other letters and drawings - where you meet someone interesting from a country you've probably never heard of and laugh out loud at their strange and weird cultures.

Does anyone know where you can get a penpal these days? Seems like a fun thing to do (:
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I had a penpal a long time ago when I was around 8. He wasn't from another country, just a different state, but it was still fun to write back and forth.
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My MSN list is full of people from different countries and continents. Are they considered penpals?

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My MSN list is full of people from different countries and continents. Are they considered penpals?




Ah, but this is my point mate. Cos of email/IM/forums etc, it seems impossible to get a "real" penpal cos we can all just chat online...



And I for one want to revive the art!
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I remember two years ago when my school encouraged us to get pen pals. To be honest I didn't like the idea then of people knowing my details but not actualy talking to them directly. It felt wierd. I even remember using some fake details. But now that I have been playing runescape and learing about others and making friends I like doing it and I would love to have a penpal. It would be nice to know how other people do things differently.
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Inter-school penpals are good. Anything outside is usually a bad thing. Regrettably, it's a dangerous world for lil' innocent kiddies.



Then again, if you're in your later teens and you know better, it can't be too much of a bad idea. Brings you in touch with other cultures, makes you a well-rounded person. Not that I'd do it myself... I'm just not the kind to initiate conversation with complete strangers. :P

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I believe the Internet replaced that.
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I have two penpals (one in Grays, Essex (you must be dumb if you don't know what country Essex is in) and another in Hamburg, Germany).



And I have a German e-pal.



http://penpalsnow.com
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I have two penpals (one in Grays, Essex (you must be dumb if you don't know what country Essex is in) and another in Hamburg, Germany).



And I have a German e-pal.



http://penpalsnow.com




i guess im dumb? care to tell us dumb folk?
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Before the likes of myspace,bebo+facebook is the last time ive heard about it...

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I believe the Internet replaced that.


Not if Futurama has anything to say about it. 8-)
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I had a penpal named Katja from Ireland about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, she was killed in a car bombing. Never had one since. :(
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A few years ago i had a penpal from argentina, but we only sent one letter back/forth then we quit writing. I didn't get to know much about her. Kind of sad.
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i guess im dumb? care to tell us dumb folk?




Now you made me feel like a jerky [wagon]. Essex is in England.
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I have a pen pal, or more of a keyboard pal. I email them every once in a while, I think its good fun and more people should get some.

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I remember a couple people in my class last year used a website and found penpals within the USA. I never really wanted to try it out though.
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I had a penpal named Katja from Ireland about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, she was killed in a car bombing. Never had one since. :(


Howd you know she got killed?
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when i was a teenager i had a really nice penpal called neil. he lived in hemel hempstead.



we wrote to each other for over 3-4 years, and met a few times.

we was both kylie fans and went to her concerts together (in the late 1980's)

sadly i lost touch with him when i moved in with my husband in 1991. i'd love to see how life was treating him now.



upto date my daughter's school have french penpals that they write too. but apart from that most of her friends are via msn. the art of penpalling will sadly be lost soon i believe

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I had a penpal named Katja from Ireland about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, she was killed in a car bombing. Never had one since. :(


Howd you know she got killed?




Her parents called me. We had met when I lived in England so our parents had phone numbers. The whole family had penpals from that trip. My Grandmother had a penpal from India, and my father's was from Malaysia.
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