Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2022 4:23 am


Date Joined: June 11, 2020
Last Online: July 6, 2022
Birthday: February 23, 1995
Country: Portugal
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About Me

I'm a Lisbon-based journalist, with a childlike passion for science and nature, but I write mostly about books and city life, which includes me telling you the best plays to see in town, the best places to grab a bite and the best things to do with kids outdoors (I don't have kids yet, but I think I know pretty well what they like to do since I'm also a kid at heart).

I'm also a very curious and full-battery person (who really enjoys being outside and rollerblading). Of course, I do need a recharge every once in a while. That said, in my so-called spare time, I read comics, watch sci-fi tv shows on Netflix (or other streaming platforms), drink a lot of Portuguese cider, while listening to indie pop/rock music, and craft for my lovely pen friends.

Snail mail

I do Postcrossing and have penpals since 2011 when I was in high school, but I stopped during university and I absolutely regret it. Now I'm back and I know this is more a lifestyle than a passion. Writing and reading letters make my day and I have so much fun creating snail mail that I can't imagine my life without it.

My favourite crafts to make and send to people are flipbooks and pocket letters and I always try to decorate my envelopes to send my swaps in (if it's not decorated, it's probably inside a standard green Portuguese envelope that I use sometimes to send flipbooks). I don't have a personal aesthetic yet though. I do love pastels and earth tones, but my motto is to create something the other person can relate to and truly enjoys. It's more about making someone happy and less about my own liking.

I do love to receive vintage, magic, nature or space-themed snail mail. I think they are my favourite themes, even though I love to be surprised (recently someone created comic-themed snail mail for me and it's one of my favourites ever!).

I try to always add other gifts, such as pretty paper, washi samples, die-cuts, stickers, tea bags or other stuff the person I'm writing to might like. Of course, I love to receive gifts too, but that's not my focus. I just want to feel that you care and that's something you can show in many ways, beginning with a genuine letter. That said if you do want to send me extras, here are some things that I absolutely love to have around and would be so excited to receive in a swap:

✨ postcards (I only collect written and stamped) or another type of stationery;

✨ tea, because I love a cup of warm happiness;

✨ washi samples, since I'm shamelessly addicted and there's not a thing as too much washi if you ask me, but some ideas of washi patterns I might love a little extra: grid or checkered, solid pastel or earth colours, with mushrooms or other nature-themed elements, like flowers and butterflies, magic/witch or space/sky/astrological elements, for example.

✨ pretty blank labels for addresses;

✨ girl stickers or any stickers really;

✨ vintage/patterned/kraft paper and envelopes;

✨ bookmarks;

✨ cute sticky notes;

✨ anything nature, mushrooms, bee or space-themed;

✨ dried flowers and leaves;

✨ you doing you with love.


You can send me any postcard you like: I'm sure it'll be lovely. But if you want to choose something that particularly pleases me, I made a guide:

♥ if you are from France, I would love to receive postcards from here (http://www.correspondances.com/);

♥ designer cards (by names like John Lodi, Anne Taintor, Jim Benton, Holly Webber, Lila Ruby King, Cansu Yaman, for example);

♥ postcards of House of St Junior;

♥ "I ♥ ..." postcards;

♥ painted winter or autumn;

♥ black&white postcards;

♥ map, flag or landscapes postcards (not multy views) from your country/city;

♥ peace, love, infinite and hope postcards;

♥ blue things, like sky or ocean or whatever;

♥ Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe;

♥ wonders of the world;

♥ pin-up girls;

♥ color painted city views;

♥ book inspired, because I'm a compulsive reader and writer;

♥ Retro/ Vintage/ Art/ Typewriters/ Cameras;

♥ lighthouses;

♥ 3D/4D postcards;

♥ anything related to mail (like mailbox/envelope/postman, etc.);

♥ children book illustration/retro famous painting;

♥ Bands (as Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Kooks, The Strokes, Foster The People, Guns N' Roses, Patrick Watson, Likke Li, or so);

♥ things related to New York, England, Paris, Scotland, Australia or Ireland (I really want things related to these places).

If you want, you can send me Birthday postcards in February and Christmas postcards in December.

Anyway, don't worry. I'm not particularly demanding, and I'm sure you can give me to know lots of beautiful cards that have nothing to do with what I just described above. But, please, don't send me religious cards. And don't forget to write and stamp (I only collect postcards written and stamped). You can write whatever you want me to know about you (your likes and dislikes, favourite music, books, poems, favourite quotes, etc.) and about your country and/or culture.


itsnobody rated for PIE: Ad postcard on Jul 6, 2022
Comment: That's actually a great card Raquel! Thanks
Response: I'm so glad you liked it <3
Chocopan rated for SIE: ADVENT CALENDAR #6 on Mar 15, 2022
Comment: Sorry about rating ridiculously late but thank you a million times for the wonderful swap! I loved everything and the magnet found its place on my fridge door :)
Imaginistaa rated for Penpal and chat: Secret Santa on Jan 17, 2022
Stellaerrans rated for PIE: Monthly swap - November on Dec 24, 2021
Comment: Hello Raquel, I like the card, in my fantasy the ladies are all holding a Starbucks coffee in their hands ;. ) Thanks!
JaykaMail rated for Penpal and Chat: For Space Lovers on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for my Space themed swap. Also for organising these swaps too! I absolutely loved the velum envelope and all the goodies included! I don't think I've ever read any science books but would love to start! Do you recommend any? Stay safe <3 Jess Also Season's greetings & happy new year.
MiekeC rated for ESO Secret Santa 2021 on Nov 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your present. On Christmas Eve I will open your present. I am curious and until then I will be very curious.
Risna rated for PIE: Monthly swap - October on Nov 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC! The summer theme is highly appreciated as it's gotten quite cold in Germany already. Take care!
loveretro rated for ESO Advent Calendar - Tea on Nov 19, 2021
Comment: Dear Raquel, thank you so much for the lovely tea swap, and extras ! love the way you packed them, very stylish ! , thank you for the nice stamps too ! 🎄 Happy Holidays, feliz Natal, Feliz Ano Novo 🎄 !
uiltje rated for PIE: Useless PC swap! #4 on Nov 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for your PC. I really love it. And Mr. Aristides was also a handsome man................;-)
Response: I am so glad you liked it! And indeed, he was 🙂
paperboats9 rated for ESO: Autumn Scavenger Hunt on Oct 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the incredibly beautiful swap, Raquel. I love everything you sent and you presented it all so beautifully. Happy autumn!! 🥰
Response: Hey, I am so glad you liked, it was a pleasure to send it, I had so much fun putting it together 🥰
Comment: Thank you for my Autumn themed letter, Raquel. I was overjoyed to see a fellow typewriter user - I have one too and love it dearly!
Response: Cheers to fellow typewriter users ✨
aspens rated for CALG: Washi Tape Postcard on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Omg, beautiful! I love that the image of the card matches the theme of your washi and stickers. The washi is gorgeous by the way, as is your handwriting! Thank you for sending!
Response: I am glad you enjoyed it, I thought it was cool to match it ❤️
TexyDeb rated for PIE: Useless PC swap! #3 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: I like this postcard and it's postage stamp. The card makes me feel at home. thank you I wish you love and health.
Response: I am so glad you liked postcard! I wish you all the best too ❤️
aspens rated for Naked Map PC #18 on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! I wasn't expecting a postcard from another country for this swap. Thanks for sharing a bit about your family :) Hope you're all doing well!
Response: Hey, I am so glad it surprised you and you liked it. Hope you are doing well too! Hugs from Portugal
Risna rated for PIE: Profile based postcard #6 on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Algarve card!
Response: I am so glad you liked it!
Petaltea rated for MAE: FLIP BOOK SWAP on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Yippee!! Two swaps from youin one day! What a gorgeous flipbook and all those goodies inside! and then that tiny tiny envie with the stamps. I love it all !! You spent alot of time on it. Thank you!!
Response: Hey, It is always a joy to surprise someone with a heartfelt swap. I am really glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the feedback ✨
Petaltea rated for PIE: Monthly swap - August on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I hope one day to visit Algarve. It’s a popular destination for the dutch. Take care!
Response: I am sure you will love it, and count with me for tips if you ever decide to visit it :)
Comment: Thank you for the recommendations! Especially the one about plastic sounds very good! And I love the washi tape you used (with the books and the Woman with hat and book).
Response: I am so glad you liked it. The book about plastic has received some awards, and I think it’s not only important but beautiful too
bpl76 rated for CPG-Fast Blind Swap#2-int on Aug 26, 2021
Comment: WOW thank you ..You have spoiled me with this env and I love the your decoration !!
Response: Hey, I am so glad it arrived safe and you liked it. It was a pleasure to spoil you :) Hope you enjoy everything 🤗

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LavenderSprinkles on Mar 29, 2021:

Thanks for the cute PC will reply soon!

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