Minnesota Moment: Postcards Return from the Galapagos Islands

May 12, 2017 09:41 AM

A Minnesota man visiting the Galapagos Islands brought home more than just souvenirs from his adventure.

Jacob Marek, who runs IntroverTravels, ended up in a place called Post Office Bay on the islands last month. Before email and text messages, sailors would leave letters or other things at the bay in hopes someone traveling there would deliver it for them.

Marek checked the mailbox in April and found a postcard addressed to St. Paul.

KSTP went with Marek to deliver the postcard Thursday, but no one was home. But KSTP tracked down the postcard's author, Ginny, about a block away.

She said the postcard was meant for her grandniece and nephew.

"Whenever I travel I write to them, so I thought this would really be the best way to do it just to see what would happen," Ginny said.

Ginny said she never expected Marek to pick up the postcard about a month after she left the island.

"I'm dumbfounded especially since I was there this March and Jacob was there this April." Ginny said. "That could be some kind of record."

The postcard finally ended up in the hands of Alba and Xavi on Thursday. Alba said she plans on visiting the Galapagos one day and will probably leave a postcard behind for her brother.
 

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