I love to travel. I want to do so much more of it and since I can't, I love expat blogs. Of course, I eventually came around to finding Melyssa at The Nectar Collective. She's a California transplant in Japan. She chronicles her life as an American living abroad and I'm just fascinated by it. I would love to be able to do that from Italy one day.
Melyssa and Chelsea from Lost in Travels got together and came up with a brilliant idea, The Snail Mail Collective. To connect bloggers from all over the world. You send in a short profile, they match you up with a blogger from another country. You spend a few weeks getting to know each other, emailing and reading each other's blogs. Then you exchange addresses and send each other a small gift from your country pertaining to that month's particular theme. Seriously, how fun is that?
It was very popular and so some people had to get paired with someone from the same country. The first round, I got paired with Michelle from Dixie Lust Blog. It was a great pairing because her blog is about food and her "baby" is her Great Dane named Ollie. So perfect!
I had a great time getting to know Michelle and swap puppy stories. I squealed when I got her package. She lives in the same town as the Tabasco plant! Perfect, because I put that crap on everything! She even remembered our puppies! Seriously, so sweet of her.
Next up, I was paired with someone who literally moved the weekend we first started talking. Alex from Our Live Are An Open Blog, moved from the States to South Korea and still managed to constantly write me. We had a great time chatting. Alex is such a sweet heart and I really hope we meet in real life one day. Her husband and her set a plan in motion and made it happen. That's so inspiring for me.
The theme for this month was "Under the Sea". Alex sent me this gorgeous wind chime with a fish on the the bottom. The pooches were enchanted with it's unusual noise. They would just sit and listen to it.
I've signed up again this month and I'm having a blast getting to know another lovely lady. I'll write more about her next month. It's amazing to chat with someone who (even in the same county) is living a very different life than you, yet still find so much in common and talk about. It takes our very big world, and makes it very small.
If you want to join the fun, check back when sign ups are available at The Nectar Collective.