[Edited on 16/11/2003 by LadyFeawen]
When I was a lot younger, and the net didn't exist (or home computers for that matter), writing to pen pals was quite common. I'm not sure whether they still do, but a lot of magazines in those days had adverts of people looking for pen pals in other countries. I'm not suggesting you use them, but several of the biker magazines like Backstreet Hero still do. I'd find a magazine catering for something you are interested in and see if there's anything like that in it. Most of them will use a PO Box so you won't have to give your address until you are happy.
Be careful though.
Never give out your last name, phone number, or mailing address over the open internet until you are an adult and maybe not even then. Too much grief can come from it.
You could write your letters using Word or some such program; only give your first name and city; and send them as attachments via email where you each use a pseudonym email account. Limit them to not more than one a week or so and you can have the fun safely. Of course you can't exchange stamps and light weight objects like you can with surface mail, but in this day and age, safety is much more important IMHO.
I have a total of 12 overseas penpals, not including old friends from England and PT people! It's really rewarding to get to open your heart up to kids around the world, to experience different cultures!
Go for it Halo!
I could write to my father, but the day he'd reply would be the day hell froze over.
just a thought. let me know what you've decided too.