In 2014, I stumbled across this neat little stationery store Nota Bene in Montreal… My love for Midori Traveler’s Notebook stationery began when I saw that cool brass bullet pen in their writing instruments display case. While fancying other fountain pens…(that later became another love/collectibles of mine) – this woman walks in asking about letter writing paper and entry fountain pens. The store owner there gave her advice on what type of paper they have for a smooth writing experience and the kind of fountain pens that makes writing pages enjoyable and not tiring to the hand. I overheard their conversation and thought to myself at the time “Who still writes letters these days? Why don’t people just send emails to keep in touch?” – That day sparked my interest in exploring the possibilities of letter writing. My friend had moved out west that year, she was the only person that I could write a letter too… I was excited to put ink on paper and to mail my first letter in years. I vaguely remember having a Penpal when I was in elementary school, and writing “notes” to pass along in class… Since then, I made friends with several Pen pals overseas (I found them through postings on instagram). A few of my pen pals I have corresponded with for over a year and have gotten to know them and care about them genuinely as friends.