Monday, April 14, 2008

A Trip to the Post Office

Anna Einstein and Matt Lindeman are Peace Corps Volunteers in El Salvador. Their blog of their experiences in El Salvador has a wonderful description today of a recent time-consuming trip to the local post office. Here is an exceprt:

After a few minutes, one of the very kind post office employees asked what we needed, and we told her. First, she dove straight into prepping our package. Nobody in El Salvador actually packs their own packages before going to the post office…..it is Full Service. So, we hand her what we want to mail, and she gets to work. She carefully cuts down an old vitamin box to perfectly fit what we are mailing. It took about 3 tries to get it close to the right size. (Think: Cut the box. Fold the box. Shake the box. Repeat. Repeat Again. Repeat Again.) Then, she stuffed as little shredded newspaper as possible into the box to prevent it from moving around too much. After all, every newspaper shred is added weight. After that, the box is carefully and thoroughly taped up, wrapped in brown paper, and taped again. We then got to address the package. Then is was time to weigh the packages and dispense stamps.

Read the rest of the visit to the post office here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Yo Camino said...

I love going to the post office and getting mail as well. I send letters frequently, and I must say that I've always find very kind old ladies there.
And as the post says, we get full service for free: Packaging, stamp placing, etc.

George Keslake said...

I'm not exactly sure where this post office is but it seems pretty weird. I use the post offices here in San Salvador (especially Merliot) all the time and the stamps have their own glue, i've never seen one labeled with a Colon in years and I've never been charged when receiving a letter or package.