Today my penpal from Rostock, Germany, celebrates her birthday. Her name is Anja, and she is a wonderful pen pal, one that I tell things I probably don't tell anyone else. For her birthday, I asked if she would be willing to submit to a blog interview, and she very graciously accepted.
Do you collect anything?
I collect snowglobes, angels and postcards. To be honest, it's great to know someone who loves to receive postcards.
How many penpals do you have?
Well, right now I have just you. I had another penpal from Los Angeles, but we kinda lost contact. We talk frequently on facebook. I'm glad to have you as my penpal, although I consider you more my friend than just a penpal. It feels like I would know you forever, even though we've never met.
What do you enjoy about having penpals?
I just think it's exciting. Talking to someone who lives so far away. It is also a good way to learn about different cultures. And sending surprise packages is a huge plus. I think I enjoy it more sending them. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy getting one ;) I can't wait to finally meet you.
How did you become interested in writing to people around the world?
I don't know. All I know is that I had my first penpal when I was 15. She lived in Oregon, I guess. It was a program our local post office offered and I tried it. Well and I obviously fell in love with it. I think the penpal friendship with you is the longest I've ever had. And I'm glad about that.
Can you describe Rostock for us?
Oh my, I don't know where to start. Well, Rostock is at the Baltic sea and although we are the biggest city with about 200.000 habitants in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, we are not the capital city. Through Rostock flows the river "Warnow". It's an old, but beautiful city. We have the biggest Christmas market and the oldest University in northern Europe. The number 7 is important for Rostock, because of it's seven churches, seven towers, seven gates, seven bridges, seven linden ... and so on. We have beautiful beaches and a 4 km long shopping mile. I could go on like this, but then you wouldn't have a reason to visit =) (Below) is a postcard of Rostock. It shows the city center and the river Warnow. and in the back it's hard to see is the Baltic sea. )
Definitely my mom's cooking. One of my favourite foods is smoked pork chop with sauerkraut.
I love "Sabrina" with Audrey Hepburn. And so many other movies.
I don't really have one, but the last good books I've read have to be the Twilight Saga.
What do you do on the weekends?
I spend time with the family. I don't get to see them that much during the week.
How many siblings do you have?
I have 4, but I only know two of them. My sister Katja, she is 25 and my brother Sven, he is 19. My two other siblings are boys, Nick and Tony (8 and 11, I guess)
(Below) is me with my sister
All I wanted was a new phone and I already got that. ... but you can't be wrong with a new pair of shoes =)
(I hear you on that one!)
What do you do for a living?
I'm an Event Manager. I love organising all kinds of events. But most of all I love weddings.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I would love to live in London, Chicago, maybe New York. Well every US city would be fine by me. Although my mom wouldn't like that.
What is a pet peeve that you have?
My biggest pet peeve is people who think they can do what ever they want without any consequences.
Well, that's it! Thanks for doing this, Anja! Even I learned something new, and we've been writing to each other for a long time!
Have a fabulous birthday! I'll be toasting a cocktail to you here in the States!