From Hong-Yi in Taiwan, I received the very type of postcard that I have as a requested postcard on Postcrossing. My weird love for these kinds of pictures, I cannot explain but there is something so very tranquil about it. It truly does look very mystical! Of course, I also love rice, so that is a bonus. Thank you for an excellent postcard Hong-Yi!
This lovely postcard of the Pyrenees came to me from Luiseme in Barcelona. The mountain range creates a natural border between Spain and France and separates the Iberian Peninsula from mainland Europe. The Pyrenees mountain range takes its name from Princess Pyrene, who according to classical mythology gave her name to the mountains. The highest peak is Pico de Aneto, which is 3404m above sea level. Truly stunning place and I would love to see it.
This christmas postcard was sent to me in January by Nina. I have received a number of christmas postcards from Finland but I happen to like all of them. Finland is just one of those countries that I consider perfect in so many ways. With one of the most equal income distributions in the world, a transparent government, virtually no corruption and a culture of clean governance, I think we can all agree that it is one of the greatest nations in the world. I truly respect this country and maybe someday I will be fortunate enough to visit it and see it in all its splendour!
This postcard of Germany’s fourth largest city comes from Dorothee who lives 35km from the city. Cologne is only smaller than Berlin, Hamburg and Munich and is the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia. The city was founded by the Romans in 50 A.D. It was also at that point made the capital of Germania inferior. The city is home to 30 museums and hundreds of galleries, making it a very important cultural centre in the region. Definitely a place that I would want to visit!
From Nostya in the Ukraine I received this slightly damaged postcard. If this is how the South African postal service is going to treat my postcards, I would like everybody to please put “Fragile” stickers on them. Okay, not really. Apparently this is what the men wore in the 19th and early 20th century in the Ukraine. It is quite apparent that Joan Rivers was not there in that time (although she was probably born during the period) because the Fashion Police would never allow anybody to wear anything that hideous! That being said, I do think it is a fun postcard, showing me a totally historical side of the country.
From Tasneem in Mauritius, I got these two postcards. They are both in a bit of a funky shape, which is cool, as I love postcards of all different shapes and sizes being in my collection. Mauritius is a small island nation located about 2000km off the East coast of Africa.with the island only being 2040 squared kilometers and being the home of nearly 1.3 million people, it is of course very densely populated. I mean… Who would not want to live in this island paradise?! Great postcards!
From Jader, who now lives in São Paulo, Brazil, I received this awesome postcard. He tells me that he grew up in this region but moved to São Paulo in search of fame and fortune, as he wishes to become the leading male actor in Avenida Brasil. He also tells me that he does not ride horses like this cowboy. It is a shame, as one would need to be able to saddle-up a horse and ride it into the wind if one would want roles as prince charming. Thank you Jader, it is a great postcard and I hope you have a successful Telenovela career, that is if you don’t end up in jail for murdering me because of this post.
Having gone through a number of awful postcards that both Monica and I have received, we decided to look for the worst postcard we could possibly find and trade those. So this delightfully awful postcard above was Monica’s answer to my awful Naughty Tortoise postcard. While the farmhouse on the right side of this postcard is not very awful (even though it is completely without context), I am more interested in the picture on the left side. Someone took a picture of a man taking a picture and decided that it was postcard material! WHO DOES THAT?! The smart caption below reads “Photographing a cow, rural Guernsey”. Why thank you captain obvious! At any rate, thank you Monica for this awful jewel in my collection!
This stunning panorama postcard came from Monica who lives in Saint Peter Port. The 3rd postcard I received from her. It shows Castle Garnet, which was built between 1206 and 1256 and lies almost 600m off the coast of Guernsey. Monica tells me that she has never been inside. I am not quite sure why not, she has had 800 years of opportunity to go in but no… On the back of the postcard, Monica drew herself stealing my postcards and replacing them with Finnish postcards (as they are very common). It would seem as though I might need my very own Castle Cornet to keep my postcards safe!
I received this strange but cute postcard from Guoting who studies pharmaceutics at Fudan University. The postcard is of the Peking Opera Mu Guiying Takes Command, which is about the the legendary Yang family generals. It has recently been made into a a TV series. It was very popular in Taiwan, apparently and was the first series from mainland China to do so well in many years.