Danish Beach

West Coast Beach, Denmark

West Coast Beach, Denmark

This pretty postcard of a beach on the West coast of Denmark was sent to me by Rila, who is also from the country. It would appear from the way in which the plants gorw that this beach might be a windy one but then again, I don’t really know. Nor do I know exactly where this beach is, so I shall not be posting any facts. Thank you Rila!

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

I was most pleased when I received this great postcard from Kordula from Germany. I also received an exact copy of this postcard from Nico, making it my first ever duplicate but then I got a few more duplicates after that. There are 16 states in Germany, as well as the capital city, Berlin. Germany is made up as follows:

Baden-Württemberg

Capital: Stuttgart

Population: 10.8 million

Area: 35 752 sq. km

Bavaria

Capital: Munich

Population: 12.5 million

Area: 70 552 sq. km

Berlin

Capital: Berlin

Population: 3.5 million

Area: 892 sq. km

Brandenburg

Capital: Potsdam

Population: 2.5 million

Area: 29 479 sq. km

Bremen

Capital: Bremen

Population: 655 000

Area: 419 sq. km

Hamburg

Capital: Hamburg

Population: 1.8 million

Area: 755 sq. km

Hesse

Capital: Wiesbaden

Population: 6.1 million

Area: 21 115 sq. km

Lower Saxony

Capital: Hanover

Population: 7.9 million

Area: 47 609 sq. km

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Capital: Schwerin

Population: 1.6 million

Area: 23 180 sq. km

North Rhine-Westphalia

Capital: Düsseldorf

Population: 17.8 million

Area: 34 085 sq. km

Rhineland-Palitinate

Capital: Mainz

Population: 4 million

Area: 19 853 sq. km

Saarland

Capital: Saarbrücken

Population: 1 million

Area: 2 569 sq. km

Saxony

Capital: Dresden

Population: 4.1 million

Area: 18 416 sq. km

Saxony-Anhalt

Capital: Magdeburg

Population: 2.3 million

Area: 20 446 sq. km

Schleswig-Holstein

Capital: Kiel

Population: 2.8 million

Area: 15 799 sq. km

Thuringia

Capital: Erfurt

Population: 2.2 million

Area: 16 172 sq. km

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!

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

This postcard of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia comes from Nuru, who also lives in the country. Nuru tells me that tea leaves are also a common sight in Malaysia, a fact that I am pretty familiar with. The area, located about 200 km from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was named after Sir William Gordon Cameron, who was a colonial officer that visited the area in the 1880s. The Cameron Highlands are known for having a year-round wet season, with most rainfall taking place October and November and the least between January and February. It has been a major tea growing region of the country since 1926. Definitely a beautiful place! I have always believed that Malaysia must be one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it seems that my instincts were quite right. Thank you for a great postcard Nuru!

A Real Cowboy

Texas, The home of REAL cowboys

Texas, The home of REAL cowboys

This postcard, which is a little literal in its take on what a cowboy is, comes from Marian, who obviously resides in the Lone Star State. More specifically, she lives in Dallas. I do enjoy this postcard, as a good dose of dry humour is always fun. Puns are also awesome, I especially enjoy one on a blue Punday. I like it loads Marian, thank you so much!

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!

A Late One

Happy Festive Season

Happy Festive Season

This postcard comes from Tirza from The Netherlands. It arrived slightly late, i.e. almost a month late but I am always happy to receive my postcards, regardless of how long they take. The Prettige Feestdagen on the postcard pretty much translates to “Happy Festive Season.” But for those of you who like to message me to dispute my translations with direct, yet linguistically incorrect translations in English, it directly translates to “Fun Festive Days.” Thank you so much Tirza! It really is a cute postcard.