Today I received a nice postcard from Ethiopia! The postcard features a scene showing local women. Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It has a population of 93,000,000 people, making it the most populous landlocked country in the world. Its capital city is Addis Ababa. The country has hosted human life for a very long time and it is hypothesized that it is where Homo sapiens first journeyed out of Africa and into the Middle East. Nice stamps featuring a Coffee Ceremony and Menelik's Bushbuck were used. Thanks Tian!
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Today I got a nice postcard from Burundi! The postcard features a lakeside view in Burundi. Burundi, officially known as the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. Most of its southwestern region, however, borders Lake Tanganyika. Its capital is Bujumbara and it has a population of about 8,800,000 people. It is considered to be one of the five poorest nations in the world and is also considered to be the least globalised country in the world. The country has faced substantial challenges in the form of corruption, war, HIV/AIDS, among other things. The card was sent from Bujumbura with a stamp featuring Emanuel Lasker. Thanks Mike!
Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard features a view of the "Maryland Dove," a replica of the ship that accompanied Lord Baltimore on the first colonization voyage to Maryland in 1634. It is currently used as a history museum at Old St. Mary's City. Used were several beautiful stamps all related to ships! Included were stamps commemorating the USS Constitution, the Virginia Capes, Irish Immigration, and Maryland. Two older stamps were used too. One from 1957 featured the Virginia of Sagadamock and one from 1934 featured the Maryland Tricentenary. Thanks Eric!
Today I got a beautiful cover with a nice presentation pack from the United Kingdom! The cover, a bubble mailer, featured a nice mini-sheet from the 1980 International Stamp Exhibition. Inside was a beautiful Royal Mail Presentation Pack featuring the Harry Potter series of stamps. The stamps, issued on July 17, 2007, feature the covers of all the Harry Potter books and the crests of all the Hogwarts houses and the school's crest. They all came beautifully packaged in a presentation pack that opened up to reveal informative write-ups about how the series was made and about the author of the series, J.K. Rowling. Thanks K!
Today I got a nice postcard from Swaziland! The postcard features multiple scenes of the Reed Dance Ceremony, which takes place every year. In the event, which lasts for eight days, girls cut reeds which are then presented to the queen mother. They then dance and only childless, unmarried girls are allowed to join. Swaziland, officially known as the Kingdom of Swaziland, is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It has a population of about 1,200,000 people and is known for its cultural events. The country is headed by King Mswati III. Thanks Selby!
Today I got a cool postcard from the USA! The postcard features a red heart design celebrating Valentine's Day, which is celebrated on February 14. What's special about the card is that it was sent from Loveland, a city in Larimer County, Colorado. It is the home of the Valentine Re-mailing Program, where about 160,000 items are re-mailed in order to get the special Loveland postmark. The tradition was started in 1974 by the postmasters of the Loveland Post Office and the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Each year, a new design is selected and used. Thanks Melissa!
Today I got a beautiful postcard from Slovenia! The postcard shows a majestic aerial view of Bohinj, also known as the Bohinj Basin. It is a 20 kilometre long basin located within the Julian Alps. Its main feature, which is seen on the card, is Bohinj Lake, which is periglacial. The name Bohinj was taken from the name of a village, although the origin of the word itself is still unknown. Thanks Tina!
Today I got a nice postcard from the United Arab Emirates! The postcard features multiple views of the Dubai Metro. The Dubai Metro is a fully automated rail system in Dubai. It is considered to be the world's largest fully automated rail system in the world, with 75 kilometres. As of now, only two out of the five planned lines are operational. Beautiful stamps were used! Thanks lookatmycamels!
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Today I got a beautiful postcard from Guatemala! The postcard shows a view of Antigua Guatemala, a city in the central region of Guatemala. Guatemala, officially known as the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America with a population of about 15,500,000 people. Antigua, as the city is more commonly known, is famous for its colonial structures, which feature a Spanish Baroque style. Many heritage churches are located here. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The card was sent by PJ from the USA who was in Guatemala. Thanks PJ!
Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! Today I got a nice postcard from the US Territory of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico, which is officially an unincorporated territory of the United States, is an archipelago in the Caribbean. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as it is officially known, has a population of about 3,700,000 people and its capital is San Juan. It is mostly mountainous and has expansive coastal areas. Puerto Rico, when translated into English, means "rich island." The card was postmarked at San Juan. Thanks Norma!
Today I got a nice cover & postcard from Bosnia and Herzegovina! The postcard shows the view of the cross at Medjugorje, a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics due to Marian apparitions. Medjugorje translates to "between mountains" and is located 200 metres above sea level. The card was sent by Matteo from Italy who offered prayers for our intentions at the site. Thanks Matteo!
Today I got a nice postcard from New Zealand! The postcard shows a beautiful view of a New Zealand Kea in flight at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The Kea is a large parrot typically found in New Zealand's South Island. It is 48 centimetres long and is olive green and orange. It is the world's only alpine parrot and is now under protection due to it being more and more uncommon. A nice ship stamp was used! Thanks Sharon!