Yesterday morning, there was a knock on the door. There was no, preceding phone call (= the door buzzer uses the phone), so I had to ask who it was. “Canada Post”, the voice responded. In a split second, my brain managed to think that perhaps it was a pen I’ve ordered, that miraculously showed up much earlier and with a different carrier LOL. It was not.
It was my own package, being returned to me. About a week ago … close to two … I sent off one of those padded, bubbly envelopes to a country in eastern Europe. Put everything together, printed the address, double-checked everything was correct, and took it to the post office/drugstore. All went swimmingly, I even got a receipt with a tracking number (!), and didn’t think more about that.
Now it came back to me! The postman had no idea what was wrong or what those labels meant — he’d read them too. From what I understood, my little package had been to the US. It was a mystery.
I had another pen, that was defective and had to go back to Amazon, so I brought it all down to the postoffice. I did remember that when I sent my package off to eastern Europe, the woman working there, I’d never seen before. This time, it was the regular one, who’s been there for all eight years we’ve lived here.
She looked at it, and after a minute, she’d figured out what had happened: The person working there that day, had paid no attention to which country it was addressed … only the postal code for the city. Since the set-up of the postal code was the same as the American ones, this package took off to some place in the US. That’s how I could even get a tracking number. You don’t get that on international letters otherwise.
I don’t know which town in the US that coincides with that postal code, but I do remember my own postal code back home in Sweden was the same as Albuquerque, NM. When I signed up for some email account in the mid 90s, I was told to fill in my postal code, which I did. It automatically showed that I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico LOL.
Anyway, all was sorted out, and the envelope should be winging its way across the ocean as I type 🙂.