Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

This cute little postcard comes from Olga from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tells me that this postcard is a New Year’s postcard but since my Russian extends as far as Da and Nyet, I really cannot say that this postcard screams “Happy New Year” with any form of conviction. So, as per usual, I shall need you, the lovely reader of this post, to help me. What exactly does this postcard say right here? Thank you Olga!

My 400th Postcard

Coat of Arms of Russia

Coat of Arms of Russia

This beautiful postcard was the 400th postcard in my collection and comes from Lyudmila from Russia. Although I am on a strong trajectory to 600 postcards, this one was number 400 and I simply cannot keep my blog up to date entirely, so I am 167 postcards behind. Oops! The Russian Coat of Arms is really very beautiful! It was officially adopted on 30 November 1993 but dates back much further than that. It dates back to the reign of Ivan III between 1462 and 1505, although the shape of the eagle can be traced back to the reign of Peter the Great between 1682 and 1725. Today, however, the eagle is golden, whereas it was previously imperial black. All and all, I think it’s a great postcard and I am glad that number 400 was this beautiful. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to my collection over the past year. Happy New Year and may 2014 be a great year in all of your lives!

Ping Pong Politicians

Dmitry Medvedev & Vladimir Putin

Dmitry Medvedev & Vladimir Putin

Not exactly my 2 favourite people in the world but an absolutely awesome postcard that I am very happy about. It comes from Ludmila, who obviously lives in Russia. Watching these two men in an election is like watching a ping pong match. Prime Minister Medvedev – President Putin – President Medvedev – Prime Minister Putin… And on and on it goes until someone drops the ball. Personally, Putin scares the living daylights out of me, whereas Medvedev… not so much. I think it is an absolutely great postcard and Ludmila must have sensed my love for politics. Thank you so much Ludmila!

Prince Yuri’s Legacy

Dmitrov, Russia

Dmitrov, Russia

Vika, a Russian student who is clearly very fond of her town of Dmitrov sent me this beautiful aerial-view postcard. Vika tells me that the town was founded in 1154 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. The prince’s son, Vsevolod was born here and the name of the town can be explained with reference to his son’s patron saint, Saint Demetrius. Shown in the center of this postcard is a monument in honour of the prince. She goes on to tell me that a peculiarity of Dmitrov is an earth mound which is 15 meters high and 960 meters long. Located inside the shaft of this mound is a cathedral as well as a small museum. Thank you Vika for a pretty and very informative postcard!

Ticket to Siberia Please

Altai Mountains, Siberia, Russia

Altai Mountains, Siberia, Russia

I received this postcard from Anna in Siberia, Russia. The Altai Mountains are situated between Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. In what reads like a tourism ad, Anna proudly tells me how beautiful the region is and that apparently the word “Altai” means rich and is derived from the Russian word for gold. She also tells me that this is one of the richest parts of the world but I’m not sure if she’s referring to monetary wealth or bio-diversity. But I’m guessing the money that tourism brings in could lead to it being both. I certainly want to get on a plane right now and check this amazing place out. Thank you Anna for a very informative postcard.

First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

Another awesome postcard from Olge in Russia, is of a man that needs absolutely no introduction. If you have, however, crawled out of your nuclear bunker for the first time since the Cuban missile crisis, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was the first person to travel into outer space on 12 April 1961. A major blow to the USA in the space race but they made a comeback that we all know about. Yuri, despite his infamy, died at the young age of 34 in 1968. His death came about as a result of a jet crash and as we all know them conspiracy theorists, it just couldn’t be that simple. Multiple investigations were done into his death and documents were declassified by the Kremlin as late as 2011. All I can say to the conspiracy theorists is, that the truth is out there! Thanks a bunch Olge, brilliant card, the first I have of this kind.

Kunstkamera

Kunstkamera

Kunstkamera

From Olga in Russia I got this pretty postcard of St Petersburg. On it you would see the Kunstkamera, which is located on the Universitetskaya embankment. Kunstkamera really does sound like the Afrikaans word for “art room,” which would be kunskamer. I digress. The Kunstkamera was the first museum to be built in Russia by Peter the Great, which was finished in 1727. That is quite impressive. More impressive though is the fact that the museum contains more than 2000 000 items in its various collections! The Kunstkamera actually refers to the building, which hosts the “Peter the Great museum of anthropology and ethnography. Stunning postcard, thanks Olga!