My First Maxicard

Kangaroo Maxicard, Australia

Kangaroo Maxicard, Australia

My first ever maxicard came from Colin in Australia. A maxicard, short for maximum card, is a normal postcard with a stamp that is very similar to picture put on the picture side of the postcard. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about kangaroos. Kangaroos are of course endemic to Australia and even though they are not an official symbol of the country, they are used in many pop culture references to the country and are also used as symbol for well-known companies like Qantas. These beautiful animals have very few natural predators left, as most of them have gone extinct. Defensively, kangaroos would, however, give a predator a tough time. These techniques include going into water (as they are good swimmers) and drowning their predators with their front paws. Another, more disturbing defensive technique includes grabbing the predator with their front paws and disemboweling it with their hind legs. Yummy! Thank you for my first maxicard, Colin!

Gigantic Australia

Australia

Australia

Another awesome postcard from Kristie in Australia. Australia is the 6th largest country in the world with a total land size of 7 692 024 square kilometers. I realised that it is a huge country but taking into account all these countries can fit into Australia makes it seem so much bigger in my mind. France, Hong Kong, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Germany, Ecuador, Japan, West Malaysia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Romania, East Timor, Thailand South Korea, Austria, Albania, Taiwan, Cambodia, Greece, Sri Lanka, Denmark and my own home country of South Africa can all comfortably fit within its borders. That makes one realise why this country with a mere population of 23.2 million has one of the lowest population densities in the world. With only 2.8 people per square kilometer, it’s extremely low. Considering that the other countries have a combined population of over 750 million people, one can see just how low it is. Thanks Kristie!

The Australian “Capital”

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

From Australia’s most famous and most populous city, Kristie sent me my most beautiful postcard from her country so far, as a surprise. Whenever I hear the name, Sydney, I think about an exchange I once had with a friend:

Him: “Sydney is the capital of Australia, everybody knows that.”

Me: “But those of us excluded from ‘everybody’ know that it’s Canberra.”

Him: “Is Canberra even in Australia? How can it be the capital if it’s not in Australia. I’ve never heard of it.”

Me: “Oh, I thought you said Narnia.”

Ja, I mean, Australia is such a tiny island nation that when one has never heard of a place in Australia, automatically there is no such place. Sydney, that’s situated on the South-East coast of Australia is home to 4.6 million people. This city, founded in 1788, spans 12 144.6 square kilometers. That is one¬†ridiculously¬†large city! I mean, I knew it was big, but that’s just insane! Thank you for a wonderful postcard Kristie!

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

Eleven, a Malaysian-Chinese who currently studies in Melbourne sent me this postcard of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne or as the locals call it, Flinders Street or FSS. Eleven tells me that the station was built in 1909 and was the first railway station in an Australian city. During the 1920s it was the busiest passenger train station in the world. On a daily basis, the train station serves 110 000 passengers with 1500 trains travelling through it. The station serves the entire metropolitan area of Melbourne and has become a symbol of Melbourne. It really does seem rather impressive. Thank you Eleven!

Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie, Australia

Kalgoorlie, Australia

This postcard of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia come from 3 boys! Toby (10), Blake (7) and Ben (4) apparently do Postcrossing with their dad. I think it’s brilliant that parents do this with their kids, as they get to learn so much about the world and to get their geography in tip-top condition, so as not to be as ignorant as those people (you know who they are) who cannot even find their own country on a map, let alone a “foreign” country. I wish my parents had done this for me when I was a kid but it was but the dawn of the cyber age when I was a kid (AKA the dark ages.) At any rate, this town has a population of 33000 people. What does seem funny is that it is the 5th largest urban centre in Western Australia. Sparse population is the name of the game in this country it would seem. Or maybe Australian TV is just simply amazing! But I thank you Toby, Ben and Blake, I always enjoy a postcard from the land down under!

Australian Propaganda

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Australian Propaganda Postcard

This cute thing was sent to me by Akin from Australia. It is cut-out type of postcard, much like the Japanese gotochi postcards. Akin says, and I quote: “Contrary to what the postcard suggests, they do not really go around with a beer mug in their paws.” I find it ludicrous that they would have us believe that kangaroos run around drinking beer and then I have to find out from an Australian that it is merely government propaganda. I shall write a letter to their queen!