Bringing you news once a week on the ongoing 60 Postcards journey (you can read a summary of the story here), and on Friday I share a story of an inspirational person, project or cause.

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This is just a little post about a few ideas I already have for my trip to New York in September. Last year I booked at the very last-minute and I was working full-time for the energy company, so I am really grateful for a few more weeks to plan this time!

It is one year and seven months since I first scattered 60 postcards around Paris. It is one year and two months since I first scattered 60 postcards in NYC. I returned to Paris to explore the city once more and now it time for NYC. I have booked a mammoth two and a half weeks out there and have promised myself that I will dedicate at least 12 days to all things 60 Postcards. 

The Plane

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On my last visit to NYC I managed to speak to the lovely cabin crew about my story on the way back. This time, I could do the same – but with more preparation time, I may as well try to take these ideas up a notch. I am going to contact British Airways to see if there is any way I can get a postcard to the people on my flight for them to leave in NYC (in the back of a seat with a note explaining what to do, perhaps). Failing this, I will try to hand out as many as I can before we board or while we wait for our baggage the other side! Somehow, I want my flight to be involved in scattering postcards….

Postcard Finder Interviews

I am on a mission to see as many of my postcard finders as possible while there (including one that got in touch much later than the rest which I have not yet told you about!). Interview sounds a little formal. Of course, it will be more like a coffee and a chat, but I want to find out about these people; what makes them tick, why they picked up my postcard, what stories they have and what inspires them….which brings me to the next idea…..

Project Inspire

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My Dad’s favourite, Project Inspire, is going to make a big come back. Asking random people what inspires them on the streets on NYC was pretty scary last year but this time I am going to begin as soon as I land. Dare I say it, but I would like to hit the number 60 by the end of my visit!

I am even going to contact the NYC department of parks and recreation to see if I am able to do something around this project in one of the parks for an afternoon. Why? Why not.

Book Hiding

I will write an inscription in a few copies of 60 Postcards and leave them for people to find. I may choose big landmarks, but I may just leave them in coffee shops. As I have always done with my postcard scattering, I will leave it for a moment that feels right.

Exploring

On top of the above, I am still thinking about some extra postcard related challenges/projects and cannot wait to do them while exploring the city once more. Potential plans so far are to hit a street fair in Brooklyn, see a photo project, try to watch something at the NYC Film Festival, skate around Central Park, attend the Brooklyn Book Festival, and enjoy a few cocktails on a roof terrace bar or a sneaky speak easy. The list is growing, as is my excitement.

I really want to take it to the next level on this trip. I want to make things happen. Some would say I am dreaming big. I’d like to believe I am just thinking big. If I don’t pull it off, hey – at least I tried. And by sharing my plans, I will be more determined to see them through (and sweating a lot more under the pressure!).

Speak to you Friday where I will be posting my Dad’s written account of their fantastic cycle from London to Paris in memory of Mum.

Much love,

Rachael x

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