A good friend was visiting Ireland this spring and thoughtfully mailed me this picturesque postcard of old sailing ships.
On May 20.
I received it on August 18. Yes, that’s three months on the road.
But the best part was that an affixed sticker reads: If undelivered, please return to Budapest 1005-Hungary.
The mind boggles. Somehow a postcard sent from Belfast to Canada ended up in Budapest and was then sent on to North America? But first, a kind soul in Hungary wanted to make sure the card didn’t get lost, and so marked return mail to Budapest.
My friend’s best guess was that the stamps might have been to blame. Apparently, when she bought the stamps at the visitors’ centre, she was told they were “special stamps” only good for mailing postcards internationally. Curiously, of the various cards she sent with the stamps, several have been delayed, although only mine seems to have enjoyed a leisurely holiday in Eastern Europe.