How long does it take a postcard to get from Vietnam to anywhere in the US? Two weeks or longer; maybe not at all! Unless you live in Hong Kong, Sweden or Taiwan – theirs took 3, 4 and 9 days respectively. For some reason, it took 18 days to get to South Korea.
About half are still MIA, including the test postcard I mailed to Austin, TX on December 26th (so 3 weeks and counting.) I mailed the others on January 2nd. Here they all are:
I had this idea in Singapore where postcards are $1 apiece, if you’re lucky. Decided to wait till I got here to Vietnam where they’re 20¢ apiece. My unexpected employment put me a few weeks behind schedule and also came in the way of me actually visiting some of the places pictured. (Like Nha Trang, Halong Bay, SaPa, Dalat and others.)
Sliding stamp scale. Interestingly, how much postcard postage costs depends on the quantity. Mine cost 14,500 VND for one, 13,500 VND for a few and just 13,000 for a bunch. (So 62¢–70¢, depending.)
Get your tongue out. Self-adhesive stamps are the greatest thing ever. Unfortunately, they don’t have them here. Licking all those rectangles got me wondering what the glue’s made of. Remember how George’s fiancée, Susan, died on the hit series, Seinfeld? Toxic glue! Just look at one of these stamps! This bear looks like he licked his own stamp.
So did you get yours yet?! How long after January 2nd did it take to arrive?