I got my Christmas cards out in the mail on Monday (most of them anyway). One of those Christmas cards is traveling all the way to Switzerland to see my wonderful cousin. She's been living over there for a couple months now and is supposed to be there for about a year. While I'm bummed that she's not around I can still talk to her through email and text messages (she will also hopefully be coming for a visit this summer). Plus, I know this is a good experience for her.
Sending that card to her was the first time I've sent mail to another country. I really thought it would be more expensive, especially after looking up the price to send her a package of cookies. It was 98 cents to send the letter. The cookies would have cost me about 40 so she'll have to wait until she comes home. I couldn't believe it. Less than a dollar to send a letter thousands of miles. If I'd known that I would have already sent her a couple letters.
She's like me and loves to get mail that isn't junk or a bill. When I was in college she would occasionally send me letters. Once she tried to send me some Andes mints along with the letter and it got completely chewed up by the mail sorter machine. My letter came to me in a ziploc bag. My Christmas card to her did not include chocolate (she's in Switzerland --she has much better options there), and should be greeting her sometime early next week.