Hey Bru, It’s Hebrew

Hebrew Alphabet

Hebrew Alphabet

Carlos, a friend from Brazil recently had a trip to Israel and sent me this awesome postcard of the Hebrew alphabet. I had to do a bit of an inspection on the postcard before I realised where it was from, as Carlos forgot to say where the postcard came from but then I had my “Oh!” moment through the way in which I was greeted and the hand writing on the postcard. Hebrew is a West Semitic language of the Afroasiatic Family. It’s first record as a written language goes back at least 3000 years. As of the 3rd century it was no longer really being spoken but its revival came in the 18th Century. Today, some 5.3 million people speak it. It’s the official language of Israel and is given recognised minority language status in Poland. Carlos reckons that he hopes we are soon fluent in Hebrew but I have to say that I cannot foresee that happening! Thank you Carlos!

Poland Strikes Again

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Kraków, Poland

From Joia in Kraków, Poland, I got this postcard through Postcrossing. What seems to be a nice, clean and peaceful city today, has to my mind at least a very dark and bloody history. The world famous concentration camp of Auschwitz was located, not too far from this city. This is my second postcard from Poland and I have certainly started seeing the country in a different light than what I had been thinking it looked like. Definitely a place I would like to visit someday!

Polish Misperception Remover

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Warsaw, Poland

From Dominika in Warsaw, Poland, I got this beautiful blue postcard. This postcard reminded me thatmy frame of reference for Poland was pretty much Schindler’s list and the opening scene of X-Men. I kind of wanna go see Poland now. That is one of the beauties of a postcard, it opens your eyes and your mind to things you never would have seen otherwise.