I have lived in many countries where you cannot completely trust the postal service – letters disappear, or just take a long time to be delivered, and in Sweden we don’t even have post offices anymore. However, my postal situation in Puerto Rico must be the worst ever…
The postal mess started last year when O all of a sudden realised that we had been giving out the wrong zip code to family and friends. The strange thing was that all his birthday cards and packages still arrived in September despite the apparently wrong zip code. Oh well, so I changed the address and sent it out to everyone before I headed over to Puerto Rico.
After a few weeks in San Juan, I noticed that all our official mail, bills and letters from our landlady (who lives in the US) had another zip code so I changed it again… In the meanwhile, a friend of mine paid 150 SEK to send us a Christmas gift which was returned to her, as were the majority of the Christmas card. However, one Christmas card with the second zip code was delivered to us in March (sent from the Netherlands 3 months before) and one Christmas card arrived with one digit missing in the zip code (Mary T, it was the card from you and B!)… But actually since the last zip code change, I don’t think that we have received any mail from Europe!!
So, can someone explain this to me: is there a special postcode that should be used when sending mail from Europe?? Because my grandmother has sent me 4 letters and one postcard with the obviously [new] correct zip code and all the letters have been returned to her (the postcard I guess is lost somewhere over the Atlantic). Why? My poor gran is getting really upset about this refusal to deliver her mail to me – she is starting to take it personally, and I am getting really insulted – what’s their bloody problem at the US Postal Service in San Juan?? Apparently they can deliver bills with the zip code that my gran uses, and birthday packages in September but not Christmas presents with the same [wrong?] zip code… 😕
Tomorrow I am going to talk to the building manager, because I am wondering if it is my name that is wrong instead of the zip code – O’s name is on all the bills, and they are all arriving!! There are no names on the mail boxes downstairs (just the apartment numbers)… But if it would be that the postman only knows O’s name, how come then that we every week receive mail addressed to the various previous tenants?
PS. Sorry all friends and family for this mess and I hope that there are not more letters, cards and packages that have been returned / lost somewhere in the mail… 😦