2015 exchange went smooth without any problems. This year was a bit different. My seed package took ages to get here. It usually takes max 10 days for mail to get from Poland to Croatia. This year 27 days. By the beginning of March we started worrying that my package ended in the hands of some mail thief... which wouldn't be a big surprise knowing that huge amount of packages gets stolen somewhere between Croatian main post office and local offices.
Luckily my package got here on Friday. It was not opened and all my seeds got here.
The package again contained huge amount of tomato seeds so now with new 40 varieties I'm up to around 120 varieties of tomatoes. I should make an alphabetical list of all my tomatoes one day so I'd know exactly which varieties I have, although I can say that only by looking at the package and the name I'm still able to remember if I have the variety or not.
So if all this seed waiting ended well why am I writing this post?
The reason is located on the package envelope.
Apparently my package took a road trip and instead of going to Croatia first went to CANADA.
I'm unable to understand how someone can mistake Canada for Croatia. Two countries on two different continents. Even more knowing that both Poland and Croatia are in European union and have different laws and prices when shipping packages than to other countries in EU. Just looking at the stamps and price of the package should have been a clue my package was not meant to end in North America.
Also I can't help but to wonder what would happen if someone opened this package in Canada. European laws allow us to send and sow all the seeds that are available in all EU countries. But to Canada? There are many flower varieties that are allowed here but considered dangerous and invasive in North America. What would happen if our packages contained that kind of seeds?
I guess next year we'll be writing "Europe" on our packages. Maybe then it will not end up travelling all thousands of km for nothing.