A Map of Paradise

Indonesia

Indonesia

This great map postcard of the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia comes from Yanita, a Postcrossing ambassador from the country. The capital city of the country is Jakarta. With a population of almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, after China, India and the United States of America. The country spans 1 904 569 square kilometers, over a total of 17 508 islands in the archipelago. The country consists of 33 provinces and 1 special administrative division. While Indonesia has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was not until the early 16th Century that European traders made contact with the people in this region. After the formation of the VOC (same people that colonised South Africa) in 1602, Indonesia came under the control of the company. After its dissolution in 1800, the Dutch established its rule over the country but it was not until the early 20th century that the Dutch came into full control of the country’s current borders. Like the case is in Africa, the independence movement in Indonesia was particularly propelled by WWII. Following the expulsion of the Japanese, the country declared unilateral independence in 1945, which sparked a conflict with its Dutch colonial masters, that ended 4 years later when The Netherlands recognised its independence. Truly a fascinating country with a rich history. Thank you Yanita!

A Happier Life

A Small Manual to More Fun in Life

A Small Manual to More Fun in Life

Another great postcard from Feé! As you should know by now (those who have been around long enough,) I absolutely love Sheepworld postcards and boy does Feé know that!

For those who have no clue what’s going on here, here’s what it says:

A small manual for more fun in life!

Left: Start position

Center-left: Pull up right mouth angle

Center-right: Pull up left mouth angle

Right: Show as many teeth as possible

Repeat Several Times Daily!

The Bay State

Massachusetts, USA

Massachusetts, USA

This postcard of the Bay State, Massachusetts, USA, comes from John. Officially known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this state with its ridiculously long name is home to approximately 6.7 million people. Spanning only 27 336 square kilometers, it is the third most densely populated state in the USA, although 2 in 3 people living in the state live in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area. Like many of the other states in the country, Massachusetts is named after the indigenous people that lived in the area. On 6 February 1788, Massachusetts became the 6th state to form part of the Union. Today, this great state is one of the states in the USA that I’d most like to visit. If not the one I’d most like to visit. It is also the seat of my absolute favourite politician, Elizabeth Warren. What a champion she is. Kickass in oversight! That’s the only way to describe her efforts. Thank you John!

Wintery Belarus

Winter Scene

Winter Scene

This postcard comes from Alexander, who is from Belarus. If you look carefully, you will be able to see the lines on the paper. I always enjoy the different looks, shapes, textures etc. that make different postcards unique. I am not sure what this paper stock is called but I sure do love postcards printed on them. The postcard does not indicate what painting this is or whether it is a famous place, so with that, I will just let you admire my cool postcard. Be jealous! Thanks Alexander!

Paraguay, At Last!

Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay

My first postcard from Paraguay comes from Jimena, who lives in Argentina but traveled to Paraguay over the holidays. As those of you who collect postcards would know, most South American countries are notoriously difficult to collect, so I am super excited about this postcard! Unfortunately I could not find anything about this train station in the country’s capital that was in English, so I absolutely cannot elaborate on why this postcard is cool any further. But for those of you who do know a thing or two about it, please do leave me a comment!

The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis, Finland

Aurora Borealis, Finland

This postcard of an aurora borealis comes from Tuula from Finland. The Northern Lights or aurora borealis is caused as a result of charged particles from the sun that collide with atoms and molecules in the earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of between 90 and 250 kilometers. It is due to this collision that oxygen and nitrogen emit the light that we perceive. On the other side of the planet, a similar event takes place, the lesser known, Southern Lights or aurora australis can be viewed from the Southern parts of Australia, New Zealand, South America and also in Antarctica. Unfortunately for me, South Africa just is not south enough. Aurorae also occur on other planets in the solar system, specifically at the magnetic north pole of the planet. Very interesting to know about this, thank you Tuula!

The White Beauties

Polar Bears

Polar Bears

This awesome postcard of the most adorable polar bears in Alaska comes from Francis, who lives in Oregon. The scientific name of the polar bear is ursus maritimus, which literally means “maritime bear,” as they spend most of their lives in the ocean. These 2 cubs would have been born in December and would have stayed in their den until late March or early April. Unfortunately the population of these beautiful animals are in decline, as for years hunting was their biggest threat, there is now also an added threat: drowning, which is occurring as a result of climate change. Sad indeed. An adult boar could weigh anything between 350 and 700 kilograms, which is about double the size of the sow. These are truly wonderful and beautiful creatures!

Liberec Bombardment

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This bombardment of postcards of Liberec comes from Martin, from the Czech Republic. He was also previously responsible for a bombardment of postcards of Hradec Kralove. Of course, in this sense I am most appreciative of being bombarded. With a population of nearly 150 000 people, it is the 5th largest city in the Czech Republic. The city was first settled by German and Flemish migrants in 1348, who were then expelled after World War II. Liberec is, however, still the home of a German minority, as well as a Jewish and Greek minority today. I always mention how great it is to learn of places that one never knew about and Martin certainly has provided me with yet another great learning experience and a lot of photos to back that up with. Thank you Martin!

 

Stunning, That’s All

Lahos Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur, Philppines

Lahos Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur, Philippines

This stunningly beautiful postcard comes from Roselyn from the Philippines. I cannot find too much information on the area, except that it is found in Camarines Sur province of the country. It is also home to Caramoan National Park, which is a 347 hectare national park that was established in the area in 1936. It is apparently also popular with tourists but with a scene like this, I guess one could deduce that without having to read about it. Thank you Roselyn, it’s stunning!

Stunning Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glencoe, Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glen Coe, Scotland

This absolutely stunning postcard comes from Doyel from Scotland. It shows Black Rock Cottage, which is located between Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe in Scotland. Behind the cottage one can catch a glimpse of Buachaille Etive Mor (The great herdsman of Etive.) It reaches a height of 1022 meters and I am sure that on a clear day one could see all the beauty of the Scottish highlands from up there. It truly is an amazing postcard, thank you Doyel!