A Christmas Card to Malta via Guyana

Don’t you hate it when this happens?


It’s a good thing that Julie’s grandma sends out her Christmas cards so early. This one left Abbotsford on November 19, 2007, stopped by Guyana and made it to Malta by today, December 10.

In case, like me, you thought Guyana was in Africa (I mixed it up with Guinea), it’s not. It’s north of Brazil.

Has your mail ever gone weird places by mistake?


  1. Not so much strange places, but a very long trip. In 1994, when our friend Chantal was cook on the “Concordia”, the “Class Afloat” tall ship sailing through the Pacific, we sent a birthday package to her in February, hoping for it to arrive for her birthday in May, containing an apron, birthday card and some sweets. It was sent to their scheduled stop in Easter Island. She never received it and we gave up the parcel as lost. A year later, just before her next birthday, the parcel was returned to us in Canada via Chile, with only the sweets missing. It became a fitting birthday present, just a year later.

  2. My mail just disappears. A friend never got her November birthday card, but did get the Christmas card I sent.

    My parents didn’t get the Christmas card this year (and they live just across town) and I sent it out two weeks ago.

    My mother-in-law, though, sent a box to her daughter in North Carolina. It made it as far as Edmonton, then was sent back to her. As she said to me “Yes, like I’m going to spend $24 mailing a package to myself”.

  3. Definitely had mail go missing. When I was mailing my very time-sensitive hard-bound dissertation to Malta last year, DHL sent it on a tour of France.

    Luckily, I was able to send the tracking number to the program director, who graciously accepted the dissertation a couple days late.

    I nearly had a heart attack when I found out that they sent it to the wrong country.

  4. I once got a post card that said, “Alexis, guess where I am. I’m in Japan, shopping, and I got a sunburn, etc. etc.” I have no clue who sent me this postcard.

  5. Ok, here’s my question. How much mail gets mistakenly sent to Guyana, that they produced their very own “Missent to Guyana” stamp!?

  6. Warwick: I asked myself the same thing. And is it Guyana who has that stamp or Malta or Canada or somewhere else?

  7. My friend’s mom accidentally sent a package to Seoul, South America. It took 4 months to return to sender. Then she re-sent it to Seoul, North Korea. It arrived in South Korea just fine.

  8. My wife’s family lives in Austria, and my wife always address her mail to Austria-Europe ever since the US postal service sent one package through Australia.

    I’m still a firm believer in postal service around the world, I’ve never had anything lost, at least that I know of.

    It would be fun to make your own fanciful stamps, if your correspondent finds far-away places romantic–though I’m not sure the post office would accept them like that.

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