An Algerian Gift

A Gift from Khaled

A Gift from Khaled

Khaled, from Annaba, Algeria, sent me this postcard as a bonus during a swap that we arranged. It was definitely very thoughtful of him to add a bonus postcard. Since the postcard does not display a real theme about which I would traditionally write, I’m not going to indulge in that practice. So, all I will say is thank you Khaled.

Eating Algerian-Style

Making Food in Algeria

Making Food in Algeria

These 2 postcards also come to me from Khaled in Annaba, Algeria. It should be fitting that he sends me postcards of food in Algeria, as I swapped him South African rooibos¬†tea for these postcards. The woman at the bottom is making a sort of Algerian bread, the name of which I don’t know. Do you? If so, please comment. Algerian cuisine is a distinct mix of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern style foods. This country has seen an influence of a great number of cultures in their cuisine. These include Turkish, French and Berber foods. In Algeria, breakfasts are generally light, with pastries being eaten for lunch and dinner being eaten late at night, especially during Ramadan. Very interesting stuff to learn, especially as I know nothing about cuisine.

Annaba Map

Annaba, Algeria

Annaba, Algeria

This postcard comes to me from Khaled in Algeria and is so far my favourite postcard from his country. Annaba is the 4th largest city in Algeria and has a population of approximately 260 000 people. Annaba is also the biggest industrial centre in Eastern Algeria. Annaba was founded by the Phoenicians in the 12th Century BC and was known as Hippo Regius. The famous Augustine of Hippo was also a bishop here for 34 years during his lifetime.  Annaba is also an outrageously warm place with average daytime temperatures never falling below 16 degrees Celsius and with summer highs going as high as 48 degrees Celsius. Crazy! Thanks for a great postcard Khaled!

From Africa’s Largest Country

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From Abdelkader who lives in Algeria, I received 5 postcards of Africa’s largest country. It measures an impressive 2 381 741 square kilometers, making it almost double the size of my own country of South Africa. It also has an impressively large military, coming only 2nd on the continent, after Egypt. This oil-rich nation has over its very long history changed hands many times, as most nations of the Mediterranean did. The last time it changed hands was in 1962, which was rather late in comparison to a lot of African countries but I’m not sure how accurate the listing is, as the post says that South Africa gained independence in 1961, which definitely not the case. Right after its independence a wore broke out between it and Morocco over territory in Western Algeria. Thankfully Algeria won the war but Morocco just went and claimed other people’s land to satisfy its expansionist appetite. Anyway, it is one of the African countries that I have to see before I kick the bucket. Thanks Abdelkader!