We always think it’s great when Interpals members make friends with others who live in countries where they want to travel, and then have the opportunity to actually travel there! In today’s blog post, we talk to Eriza and Hannah, who were fortunate to meet when Hannah had a chance to volunteer near Eriza’s hometown. Keep reading to learn more about their fantastic friendship!
Eriza: I’m Eriza from Indonesia. As I love music (every kind of musics) and I like snail mailing too. also really love to get to know more about the world and new people. I like learning new languages, eventhough it’s just a basic hello, how are you, thanks and the other basic sentences. I like talking with people especially speaking English, beside I’ll know some people because of English. I can also improve my English. Hannah is one of my best pal since a year ago.
Hannah: I’m Hannah from Germany. As I love to draw and write, I also really love to get to know more about the world and their people – so I enjoy snail mail and travelling a lot. Last thing I wanted to make real for more than a few weeks: After graduating High School I will do volunteer service in Indonesia for about 3 months, and afterwards travelling myself trough the country and visiting all the Indonesian friends I found on Interpals.net, especially Eriza
Eriza: Beside my native language Indonesian and also Javanese, I learn English intensively. I can say I’m pretty good at it. And I learn Germany for now. I want to re-learn my Japanese and I also want to learn French, and Russian. But I don’t know if I can manage the time.
Hannah: Expect my Native language German I speak also English more or less fluently and I learn Indonesian, but still I am pretty bad at it. I hope that soon, as I’m staying here, I can speak Indonesian.
Later I’d like to learn also Italian and Spanish, but I dont know yet if I really have time for it.
Where do you most want to travel?
Eriza: honestly, I’ve never been abroad. But I always want to visit Australia and Germany. They are my dream country to visit. But I love my country, I want to explore Indonesia too.
Hannah: Although I travelled already to 4 continents, I still have many places I want to visit, to many to count. But now I want to see more from Indonesia!
Eriza: First when I found hannah on interpals, I saw her learning Indonesian and she likes snail mailing. So that’s when we started to talk so much. Whether in the letters or even only chatting. I feel like we’re a best friend even we are far away xD
Hannah: Frankly I don’t know anymore for sure, but I think it was, that we both like snail mail, so we started to exchange letters! And also kept on chatting a lot
How and when did you meet in person?
Hannah: With the organisation AFS I’m doing a volunteer service in Malang, a city only 2 hours away from Erizas home! And then also her neighbourhood made a trip to Selecta, some tourist thing close to Malang, where I could go ok the same day! So we spent the day together in a beautiful place and took a lot of photos and just enjoyed being together in real!
Eriza: I don’t know, but I guess spending that day was so cool! It was a cool experience to meet your pal in real life! I enjoyed taking lots of picture, just going around with my family too. And also eat some foods, I remembered hannah tried the sweet potatoes xD. And I like when hannah showed me and told me about her friends and her family in Germany. I felt like we’ve been friends so long ^^
Hannah: eeeh.. i dont know what to write at that question xD Maybe doing Flying Fox together? Or just I dont know haha xD A great thing is, that’ll meet again in November or December )
What advice do you have for other Interpals members who want to meet friends?
Eriza: If you have the chance to go abroad, why don’t you visit your friends in their country? Maybe that’ll help you to know them well, and they’ll take you around and tell many things to you. And be brave with everything which is possibly happen!
Hannah: If you have the chance to go abroad, why not in a country where you already have friends? Why don’t you take the chance to go abroad? And be brave!
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