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Date Joined: May 21, 2010
Last Online: November 24, 2015
Birthday: August 18
Country: Portugal
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About Me

Joana. 26. Born and raised in the westernmost country of mainland Europe. I'm a book obsessed, cat lover, snailmail enthusiast, introvert (not trying to change that), craftaholic and a hoarder of the lost and forgotten things :) Long letter writer (the real ones!), a thinker, self-conscious, observant & introspective. INFJ. Autodidact who loves to learn new things and absorve all the beautiful things penpalling brings to my mailbox. Supermarket girl who dug into archaeology & art studies once.

Favorite Music

Patti Smith. Florence + the machine. Soap&Skin. The Kills. Harrys Gym. The Gathering. Anneke van Giersbergen. Lana del Rey. PJ Harvey. Janis Joplin. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Dresden Dolls. Dazkarieh. Young Heretics. Noblesse Oblige. Antony and the Johnsons. Bat For Lashes. Amanda Palmer. The Xx. Lykke Li. Cocteau Twins. Radiohead. The Animals. Nebelhexë. The Doors. Opeth. Värttinä. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan. La Roux. Lamb. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Bob Dylan. Jeff Buckley. Yann Tiersen. Dire Straits. Siouxsie And The Banshees. Led Zeppelin. Jethro Tull. The Beatles. +

Favorite Books

Three of my biggest passions are books, stories and words. Words make stories, and stories make great book to be read. I guess I'm a hoarder, I have books all around my room and keep getting more. I almost never buy new books, I buy them in second-hand or trade them, they are even more magical to me because I always imagine where they have been before, how old they are and what stories they have to tell, beyond the story it contains inside its covers.

FAVOURITE WRITERS - Haruki Murakami, José Saramago, Gabriel García Márquez, Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Brontë, Anaïs Nin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Eça de Queirós, Fiodor Dostoievski, Franz Kafka, Marguerite Duras, Patti Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jules Verne, J.K.Rowling, Herberto Helder, Erico Verissimo, Jorge Amado, George R.R. Martin

FAVOURITE BOOKS - Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë, Just Kids Patti Smith, Kafka on the Shore (and pretty much all by Haruki Murakami), One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez, Emma and Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy, The Lover Marguerite Duras, Under a Glass Bell Anïs Nin, Death with Interruptions José Saramago, Os Maias Eça de Queirós, The Death of Bunny Munro Nick Cave, The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka, Great Expectations Charles Dickens, 1984 George Orwell, Genji Monogatari Murasaki Shikibu, Mar Morto Jorge Amado, White Nights Fiodor Dostoievski, Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden, Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys

POETRY - Fernando Pessoa. Walt Whitman. Edgar Allan Poe. Emily Dickenson. E.E. Cummings. Sylvia Plath. Pablo Neruda


  • themes and styles: airmail, lighthouses, anchors, cats, dreamcatchers, sugar skulls, vintage & retro, dandelions and poppies, feathers, birds, typewriters, tarot, esoteric,

  • red is my favourite colour. + black and warm colours, leopard patterns, etnic, retro patterns.

  • Ephemera, old photos and maps

  • Postcards with views from your country or something cultural from your country. Please write something in the back side and sign.

  • animals: CATS, lady bugs, owls, dragonflies, foxes, deers, elephants. I love animals very much but as for a pattern I would love those.

  • Autumn, Halloween

  • I love notebooks, zines and books (in Portuguese or English, please)

  • Only handwritten letters or typed in old typewriters (so cool!)

  • Tea (individually packaged bags)

  • Stationery, it's quite hard to find it here so I would love to swap some, that is how I do :) Envelopes where a long letter can fit :)

  • Stories, poems, essays, photos.

  • Washi tape and rubber stamps

  • handmade but with quality

  • tattoos (sugar skulls, old school tattoos themed, etc)

  • watercolours

  • scarves, snow globes, themed cookie cans


  • No religious items

  • Do not send me things you wouldn't want to get yourself

  • No scratched/dirty/damaged things

  • Don't send me used things (unless they are gently used and in excellent condition)

  • Touristic bargains from your country unless the swap is about that. I have no use to items from countries where I have never been, though postcards are welcome as any other really cool things. No pens, magnets, etc.

  • No food

  • No bright colours/shiny or too pinkish items

  • kawaii, Disney, Hello Kitty, cartoons, anime or manga, etc

  • I really dislike rudeness, so be kind

No to flakers

I just swap from time to time, but I always put some effort in my swap whether I send a lot of things or not. I tend to sign up in smaller/flat swaps because it annoys me very much to put a lot of effort (and money) into something and receive a bunch of dirty/used things in return. I'm not a flaker and I hope to swap with honest people.

I don't like late senders, when I join a swap I make due I'll be able to send my items as soon as possible. If something happens I'll let my partners know and I'll not use fake excuses.


MillaFish rated for Stationery Burst Europe on Oct 25, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for all the stuff:)..I especially loved the little notebook:)
heartcore1985 rated for Scarf Swap on Oct 21, 2014
Comment: Joana, the scarf you've sent me is really pretty! It perfectly suits my taste, thank you so much :) And yes, we've exchanged a letter in the past but I must apologize ... I'm just not a person that's good at holding on to writing letters. I really love meeting new people but I prefer swaps like here :) Nice to hear from you again, nice to re-meet you. Thank you again (it's gorgeous) and wishing you a lovely evening, Aline
Meepy rated for Fill an envelope with! on Oct 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for everything! :) Really like all of it! :)
Response: Yeah! I'm glad you liked everything!
Comment: Thanks for the letter, post must be lazy these days, as I got it only 2 days ago x)
Comment: thank you for the long lovely letter.. i will write you back.. :D
Response: Yeah! I'm so glad you got it and that you liked it :) Please, write back!
Willowee rated for Long term long letter pals on Jul 28, 2013
lettergirl rated for 12 page letter on May 16, 2013
Comment: I just got your letter yesterday and really enjoyed it! I will be writing back for sure, probably to send out next week or the week after. I am looking foward to it--it's nice to meet you! :)
Response: Yeah! I'm so glad you got it (for the reasons I described to you) and because you enjoyed it. Please, write back :)
sonja rated for European Flat Mail Swap on May 8, 2013
Comment: thanks.
HermaPol rated for European Flat Mail Swap on May 7, 2013
Comment: Hello Joana, Youre swap arrived today, and i like it. I love the envelop you sent with it, very cute withb those bunnies:) The postcard i can use for postcrossing..... Thank you very much....... Greetings, Herma
Comment: Guess WHOOO writes the best letters?! It was such a delight ~ long and full of heart ^.^ Thank you, love! The envelope was so beautiful too, as if a ray of light was hiding in my mailbox ^^
Comment: hello this is really awesome long letters :)
melimar rated for Envelope Frenzy - European edition on Feb 21, 2013
Comment: Great envelope full of envelopes! I like ladybugs, not worries! I only hate the black/brown/green bugs, the ones that bite etc! I like them in nature but not in my house or ON me! :P As for the envelopes the handmade ones are so interesting (the patterns). Of course there will be marks of them being handmade! It is normal! Btw, would you like a penpal from Greece? I'm not writing huge letters, but I can try (I alsready have a few penpals, none from Portugal tho!)
sherwoodm rated for 12-12-12 Snail Mail Penpal Swap on Jan 3, 2013
Comment: What a delightful surprise... Joana appears to be a fun person and included little extras... thank you.
Response: I'm really glad you enjoyed it, it was written with love ;)
Comment: Thank you for following and commenting on my blog!! :)
Comment: Thanks for the link
Cakers rated for I’M A BLOGGER, FOLLOW ME!!! on Jul 28, 2010
Comment: Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, I really appreciate them. It's so nice to 'meet' new people, and what a clever way to do it - a swap! :-) Are you okay with me adding your blog link to my blog?
Response: Of course you can add me! Thank you very much for the nice words :)
TARAism rated for I’M A BLOGGER, FOLLOW ME!!! on Jul 27, 2010
Comment: Your comment on my blog was super sweet. I'm following you cause us earth lovers should stick together!
Response: Thank you sweetheart! I'll keep following you for Earth *ah ah* *
Comment: Thanks for stopping by and the link!
Response: You're welcome dear *
kalexn rated for I’M A BLOGGER, FOLLOW ME!!! on Jul 26, 2010
Response: Thank you for your generosity *
Comment: Muito obrigado. E um prazer conherce-te tambem. :)
Response: Igualmente :)

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tingtinga2602 on Aug 15, 2013:

Welcome to PenPalling (1 person from 1 country) #2

Thank you for joining, happy swapping

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