From the other side of my great continent, Natalia in the Ivory Coast, sent me this magnificent postcard. Magnificent not only for its beauty but also for its rarity. My first postcard from Sub-Saharan Africa (despite living in a Sub-Saharan African countries) and I couldn’t be more proud of it. The Ivory Coast is probably one of my absolute favourite countries on the continent and despite its infamy for civil unrest, I think it is a country with great potential. Most of the people only know it for Laurent Gbagbo’s grip to power in 2011 which had the world buzzing along with the Libyan crisis. But what you might not know is that the chocolate that you are now chewing on probably finds it’s roots in this awesome country! Côte d’Ivoire, as they call it in French, is by far the world’s largest producer of cacao beans, followed by Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador, Togo, Dominican Republic and Peru. South America, eat your heart out, your continent is not nearly as sweet as ours. Ruhan Robinson, proud to be African, signing off. Oh, and thanks so much Natalia!
From Marja-Liisa in Finland, I got this postcard. I really do like the aurora borealis on it. In fact, I would like more of these kinds of postcards from Finland. She tells me that the minimum temperature there on the day she sent the postcard was -4 degrees celsius. Let’s just say that I have never felt that kind of temperature and I really wouldn’t like to! So, anyway, thank you Marja-Liisa, I like the postcard!
Need I even say who this postcard is from? Of course I don’t! It’s from Monica by the way. She had a trip to Devon, England and found this jewel. An “I wish you were here” postcard of Dartmoor Prison. I must say that I find this postcard far more hilarious than I find it awful! It certainly is very very dry and I would almost say “typical English humour” that I love so much. I was in stitches. Thank you Monica for making me laugh quite a bit today.
This pretty multiview comes from Monicafrom the really pretty county that is Devon. Of course her postcards are usually from Guernsey but this is a lovely exception! It shows multiple views from the county including: Otterton, Brixham, Exeter, Cockington, Ilfracombe, Dartmoor, Lynmouth and Dartmouth. The postcard was sent in an envelope with a leaflet from Quince Honey Farm which boasts free entry into their honey shop. How magnanimous of them, I mean here in South Africa we pay a cover charge at every shop we enter! Kidding, of course. Anyway, I love this postcard and as I have said on countless occasions before: This is a place that I have to visit someday!
From Rida in Indonesia I got another postcard of a rice field and those of you who’ve read about my previous rice field postcards know that I sure do love them. Rida tells me that there is a lot of rice planting happening in Tangerang City (where she lives) and she would go to look at the fields on a regular basis, just to take in the magnificent scenery. Of course, I would too if this amazing view were close to where I lived. Of course (as always), this is the part where I tell you that I really do hope to see a place as spectacular as this with my very own eyes someday!
From Anastasiya in The Ukraine I received my 2 prettiest cards from the country so far! The top one is my favourite of the 2 but I do find both really pretty. The Ukraine or maybe just Kiev (who knows) seems to have stunning architecture as far as I can tell. Kiev is a really old city that was founded in the 9th century already. It is home to 2.8 million people and is of course the capital of the Ukraine. If all of Ukraine is this pretty, I sure have to go take a look-see for myself!
From Anja, who lives in Kranj, Slovenia, I received this beautiful and colourful postcard. This tiny little nation of 20,273 km2 and a population of just over 2 million people is wedged in between 2 of the most beautiful countries in the world (according to me of course), which are Italy and Croatia. From everything I have always seen from this country though, it has no reason to feel modest with those two countries next to it and this postcard serves as proof of that. Since independence of Yugoslavia, this country has gone a long way in democratising itself and its Human Development Index is super high. I really do hope that I will get to see this tiny little country! Hopefully that day will come very very soon!
From Pavla in the Czech Republic I received this postcard. She merely wrote: “‘If you can dream it, you can do it’ – Walt Disney” but that does not solve this riddle for me. Is this bread? Are they rock buns? I have no idea what to call this, so I’m not going to make a fool of myself by trying to give you a short history of bread as I usually do, I’m just gonna ask if somebody knows if this is some special Czech bread or something? If you know what it is, please do leave me a comment.
From Kria in Germany, I received this postcard. I have seen this postcard before, I’m sure I have, in fact, I recall seeing it at a video game store called BT Games, in a mall close to where I live. It was free at that video game store. I wondered whether in Germany one would have to pay for one of these babies. As it turns out, on the back it says “City Cards Gratispostkarten”, which means (for those who cannot read German), “free postcards.” My mom, says that I’m not allowed to be mean about my postcards, as I have been scoweled on previous occasions for what I’ve written. So I just decided that I’m not going to be mean but merely state the facts and tailor them to make me feel much better. You see, I have no problem in the world with where somebody gets a postcard (at least I received one) but I would never send anybody a free postcard with a blatant advertisement on the front because I believe it to be in utterly bad taste, but then again, that’s just me. See? Not being mean, just being honest. So, with regards to this game of which I’ve heard but never played personally, it is the sequel to Midnight Club by Rockstar Games whose emblem can be seen on the bonnet of this red beauty. They are of course famous for the developers of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which I’ve had the privilege of getting addicted to at some point of my life. Anywho. that’s about it.
From Carlos, who is originally from Los Angeles but studies in Philadelphia, I received this postcard. Los Angeles is home to nearly 3.8 million people and has the second highest population of any city, after New York City in the USA. Carlos tells me that Los Angeles is his favourite, or “favorite” in the American way of writing, city in the world. He goes on to say that I have to add it to my “must-visit cities” but I assure you Carlos, it’s already on that list! It is also ranked as the city with the 48th highest population in the world. Los Angeles is of course one of the most famous cities in the world and is home to the infamous as the motion picture capital of the world with Hollywood right there. Definitely a place to visit!