3 Postcards this fortnight.
First up a postcard from Malaysia. Try as I may, I just could not firgure out what building this is supposed to be. I googled The Beijing Estern District Post and Telecommunications Office – which is written on the back. But what caught my eye (again) was the stamps/ So I’ll share some fact on Piper nigrum, better known as Black Pepper.
Malaysia is one of the top exporters of Black Pepper (amongst other things). Black pepper, along with other spices from India and lands farther east, changed the course of world history. It was in some part the preciousness of these spices that led to the European efforts to find a sea route to India. And we all know that they needed a sort of Pitstop or way-station along the way to stock up on fresh water and food – Hence the founding of Cape Town in 1652.
Did you know: Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe berries of the pepper plant; and White pepper consists of the seed of the pepper plant only, with the darker colored skin of the pepper fruit removed.
I just love the kitty sticker on the back. And of course I smiled at the Island name 🙂
Funny thing – this card has the same ID as the manatee one from my previous Postcrossing post. Maybe she thought the card took too long to be registered or accidently sent two ~ It can happen. South Africa is pretty big and mail takes a while to get to us smaller towns 😉
My first one from South America! And it’s from Brazil. A nightshot of the City Hall of Pompéia.
Since I don’t speak any Portuguese, I have a google link for you to some intersting Architecture in this city.