Monday 5 December 2011

Advent 2011: Door 5

Behind Door 5 is not just a hint, but a handy service: a universal postcard template.  Let's face it, nobody really wants to read a blow-by-blow account of everything you've been doing on your travels.  The point of postcards is usually either to rub it in or to sweeten your welcome when you return.  And yes, occasionally because you want someone to know you were thinking of them.

With this in mind, I have devised two templates, each conforming to the short and sweet(ish) model.  All you have to do is to fill in your own text in the square brackets.  Fun!

Template 1: Wish you were here!
[Place A] reminds me of you.  Do you remember when we watched the [sunset/sunrise/rain] in [Place A/entirely unconnected Place B]?  Partir, c'est mourir un peu.*

Template 2:  Ha ha!  I'm here and you're not!
Eating delicious [place-appropriate food] [in the sunshine/by the fire].  {HTLT note: Who cares if the fire is imaginary?  Your correspondent will never know.}  The [wine/gluhwein/local grog] is flowing.  [Santé/Prosit/Skål/toast in language of host country]!**

*You can't go wrong with a pretentious quote in French.  
** People are always signing off postcards this way.  Don't argue with tradition.

Need some more inspiration?  You might find it in this song, which is almost enough for me to renounce my cynical attitude to postcards.

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