Saturday, May 9, 2020

Meetings in São Paulo

If I had to guess, I would say that most of my Postcrossing meetings cards are from Brazil. Is fair to say that Brazilian postcrossers, especially from São Paulo, love meetings.
Even in times of social isolation, meetings continue to take place. Last weekend I participated in a virtual meetings with postcrossers in Portugal, Brazil and Belgium. We only needed zoom, computers and mobile phones. It was super fun and the conversation went on for hours. Only postcards were not signed.
Speaking of postcards, these are from the last meetings in São Paulo. As usual, they were sent by Luzia, Valéria and also Heidi, who traveled to Brazil in February.

Postcrossing logo is a registered trademark. Poscard designed by Luzia
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, some postcrossers gathered in São Paulo on a palindrome day, 02-02-2020.
This year started on the 25th of January and is the Year of the Rat with the metal element. According to Chinese traditions, new opportunities are expected to arrive, goals and professional growth to be achieved.
Because the rat is the first of the 12 animals that make up the Chinese calendar, this represents the year of the beginnings. Therefore, astrologers believe that for anyone who is planning to get married, start a project or invest in something, this is a good time. The rat, in Chinese culture, is considered the bearer of prosperity.
By this time of year, I think it is safe to say that astrologers were completely wrong about this Chinese year.

 Design by freepik & Luzia
A few days after the Chinese New Year meeting, there was another one to meet Heidi from Finland, who travelled to São Paulo to participate in a parabadminton tournament.

Postcrossing logo is a registered trademark. Poscard designed by istock & Paloma Miranda
In mid-March, with the threat of the corona virus a few postcrossers decided not to attend the meeting in Jundiaí. This city in the interior of São Paulo and is known as Terra da Uva, Grapes Land.  Currently, about 30% of the grape production in the state of São Paulo comes from Jundiaí. 

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