This tourist drew a map on a postcard in lieu of an address and it actually got delivered
I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m easily entertained or that this is really, really freaking cool, but check this out! A Reddit user uploaded a photo of a postcard that was successfully delivered in Iceland. Big deal right? WELL, the sender actually had no idea what the person’s address was, so they drew a map instead and hoped for the best.
Aside from this being pretty incredible on its own, if you scour through the comments, you’ll find out that this is actually a pretty common practice in other countries. I legit thought I was pretty much the only one who gave directions like, “Turn right at the big oak tree, go like, 3 streets, you’ll see a small coffee shop with outdoor seating and one umbrella, go past that for the time of a standard Bon Iver song, make a slight right at the pink house, I’m the fifth apartment back.”
According to user msleepd, they basically had to do the same thing when mailing something to Managua, Nicaragua: “I once mailed a letter there, with essentially a paragraph describing the location. Basically went something like ‘From the school, make a right. Go past the third street, which has a big avocado tree, then make a left (if you’re past the street hump you’ve gone too far). Make another left. When the road is paved make the first right, then left. The house is one story, red and has a guard from [guard company] stationed outside.'”
Pretty cool if you ask me! Next time I mail a letter, I might just draw a map on the address line and hope for the best!