From a person whose name I I have not been able to find anywhere, I got this beautiful postcard from Bali, Indonesia. Bali is of course very well known as a prime tourism destination and is also home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. On this picture one can see the Ayung River, which is the longest river on the island. Bali is most definitely a place worth visiting judging by this postcard!
From Wesley I received this “cheesy” postcard. The postcard is of a cheese market in Edam, a town in the province of North Holland. The Netherlands is of course very well known for its cheese production. The most famous one probably being gouda. In South Africa the Dutch are even referred to as kaaskoppe (literally “cheese heads”) but I’m not sure if that is considered offensive or not, Dutch readers, please do inform me. Anyway, an interesting postcard indeed! Thanks Wesley!
With screams of joy I received my first postcard of a microstate from Michaela who lives in Liechtenstein. I still cannot believe how lucky I was to receive this postcard! Liechtenstein is rather tiny, in fact it is only one tenth the size of the city that I live in, at 160 square kilometers. It also has about a hundredth of the population of the city where I live, with a population of 36 000 people. The head of state of Liechtenstein is Prince Hans-Adam II and Michaela tells me that this powerful man is quite kind and friendly. What a wonderful postcard to have in my collection!
Definitely my favourite postcard from Monica so far and counted among my absolute favourite postcards in general, is this stunning picture of Guernsey harbour. It was sent by Monica on 11 February for my birthday on the 21st but it only arrived here on 27 March. I loved the fact that the postcard came with a matching envelope, which was so cool! Thanks Monaco!
This postcard that looks like it was cut from a 90s women’s magazine comes from… You guessed it… Monica! This awkward lady in the middle of the ocean posing for a photo is something that would keep me out of the water and I most certainly won’t “come on in”. As if that was not enough of a rant, it would be an insult to grammar Nazis everywhere if I did not point out that “construction” (because it’s not a sentence) on the front. “Come on in the water is fine.” Where is my punctuation?! On the back of the postcard Monica makes a very good point; a few in fact. “Where is this woman? It doesn’t even look like Guernsey.” It does seem like the kind of postcard one would use for a tourism, but unlike the French,I am sure that in Guernsey they use scenes from their own country in tourism pictures and ads.
This wonderfully thoughtful postcard comes from Gerrit in The Netherlands. It was sent on the 6th of February and meant to reach me by my birthday on 21 February, which is about right under normal circumstances but since some hooligans at the Johannesburg and Pretoria post office sorting plants decided to stage an illegal strike, this postcard only reached me today! Gerrit also chose to write the postcard in Dutch, which was an added bonys, as I do love a postcard written in Dutch! Thank you so much Gerrit, I do appreciate it!
From Ischa in the Netherlands, I received this awesome postcard of Maastricht. Ischa was the first person to trade postcards with me from my blog. So far, she has also been the only person to do so. Maastricht is not your typical Dutch city, she tells me. Apparently there are a lot of French and Belgian influences in the city. Maastricht is also known as the birthplace of the EU and the Euro through the Maastricht Treaty that was signed here. Maastricht is also one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. There is some debate as to whether Maastricht or Nijmegen are the oldest cities but it would seem as though historians do consider Maastricht an older settlement. Very interesting to know!