Julio from Argentina sent me this cool round map card of his country. Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world, with a land area of 2 780 400 square kilometers. That is more than double the size of my home country of South Africa, which is also quite large. It is also the second largest country in South America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires. Despite the country’s ranking as a middle-income country, its Human Development Index indicates that it has done quite well in empowering its people. This country is, however, no stranger to instability and hardship, with a great number of military coups having taken place over the course of its history. I cannot think of this country without thinking about that oh-so-famous Andrew Lloyd Webber play, Evita and of course the flamenco. It is a country, very rich in culture and with a very interesting history indeed!
This contender for my top 10 favourite postcards comes to me all the way from Rubén in Argentina. This is my first postcard from his country and I could not be more happy. It shows Diamond Lake and Maipo Volcano, located in the Western part of the country in the province of Mendoza. Maipo Volcano also spans across into the neighbouring country of Chile. Rubén tells me that this region has many volcanoes and vineyards and is located in an earthquake zone. Beauty, danger and wine, where do I sign up to live in Mendoza? Maipo does not have the highest peak in the Andes but its symmetrical conical shape is what makes it so popular. Thank you Rubén! When you said you’d send me a beautiful view, my expectations were not aligned with this kind of beauty!