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From Finland! Hanna sent this nature card of saimaa ringed seals. Unlike most other ringed seal species, Saimaa seals are found only in freshwater. Female Saimaa seals build lairs in snowdrifts near the shoreline rocks of the lake during breeding season.  Saimaa seal only exists in the Saimaa Lake system of eastern Finland, with only 270 individuals remaining in the wild.

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My first UNESCO world Heritage site card! Thank you Dana. This is Toas Pueblo in New Mexico. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

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Annika sent this card from Germany. She writes that she has just started this Postcrossing hobby and hasn’t received a card back yet. Not to worry, you should be receiveing cards from all over the world real soon! In South Africa we also have a Hannover! I’m intrigued by the flower stamp on the back, the Tränende Herz {bleeding heart}. I thought it might have been Germany’s national flower, but according to this expert, Germany has no national flower.

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This postcard is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The picture is of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Belén {Church of Our Lady of Bethlehem}. Bad little blogger me didn’t hunt too long for info on the church… and most of what I found is in spanish. Google translate can only do SO much with syntax.

Funnily enough, this card made me so homesick. You see, when I was little we lived in Santiago, Chilé, for 4 years. That’s long enough to integrate a lot of another country’s culture into your own. Milagros mentions empanadas on the back of the card. My mom makes the best empanadas, even though she’s South African.  Basically it’s a baked halfmoon shaped pastry with meat, cheese, seafood or even fruit filling. My favourite is my mom’s secret meat recipe. Reminds me to get it from her so I can make some.

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Cards from the US this fortnight. First off, this postcard from the book A Year in Japan.

It looks like an illustration of hundreds of origami cranes. This got me thinking of The Legend of the Crane: An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. And here’s a link where you can learn to make one.

I deliberately swapped the two images so the back of this postcard is the main image. Just look at the details Stephanie put on the card! She even has a Postcrossing stamp that looks like a postoffice stamp with space to write the ID. AND a date stamp. I love the way she wrote my name too! This has got to be my favourite back of a card so far.

The card itself – I thought it was from Europe when I saw the Tudor style buildings. But nosirree, this is Solvang, a Danish city in Santa Barbara county, California, USA!

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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.

Beautiful aerial view of Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida. It is host to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

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.

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I love receiveing snail mail!

Received 3 official Postcrossing cards this past fortnight… (more…)

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Finally got my scanner working, but then while editing I saw that I had it at the lowest setting, hence the semi-craptastic {but at least in focus} images 😐

I also decided to make this a fort-nightly post cause some weeks I have none… and other weeks I get 4 at the same time (like this week). And I also did a little bit of research for each postcard and adding a link or two where you can read up some more.

First up, a lovely Monet. But I’m not going to blab on about how poor he was, and how he borrowed some paint of Renoir etc; what caught my eye was the stamp on the back.

This little boy {like Tom Thumb} riding a goose. The illustration is from a story by Selma Lagerlöf.
She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and most widely known for her children’s book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils). She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909 “in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.”

Hannah from Germany sent me this card of Bremen Airport.

Nowhere else in Germany will you find an international airport that is as close to the city centre as the city of Bremen airport. You can get from the airport to Bremen’s city centre within a mere 11 minutes, or fly from the City Airport to 40 different destinations worldwide.”

The bicycle in the shop window caught my eye.
Beyond the regular duty-free shopping, you can get a hair cut, take a trip on a helicopter, and even buy your own model airplane.

3rd Postcard is one of Hitchin. This medieval looking town is a mere 35mins drive North of London! I honestly thought it was from some small little European dorpie on the border of Bulgaria and Romania… obviously I was mistaken.
Best known for it’s weekly market, this town has so much interesting history dating from AD792; the present church originally funded by the wool trade during the 13th century; 16th century hub for grain trade; and still has a thriving local community.

Robin writes that it was 1C when the postcard was sent – I replied that it was a toasty 37C when I received it. {I forget the ascii code for degree}

While staring at these stamps I was trying to work out how expensive it is to mail a Postcard to South Africa: But I can’t get my mind around this 1ST stamp business. Think it has something to do with 1st class and 2nd class. Hectic, locally we’re just glad a letter or package reaches the correct destination intact. Right, so 23p and a 1ST class stamp is +-39p= 64p; that’s roughly R5.35. It’s actually cheaper for ME to mail YOU @ R4.50 to anywhere outside RSA 😀

And lastly, I received this lovely one from Taiwan. This style of water painting has always intrigued me; so much detail in so few strokes. Will have to read up about it more, cause this entry is about it being Year of the Tiger! Chinese New Year was celebrated on 14 February 2010 this time round.

The Year of the Tiger is associated with the earthly branch symbol.

“Tiger people are sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered, however. Other people have great respect for them, but sometimes tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority. sometimes Tiger people cannot make up their minds, which can result in a poor, hasty decision or a sound decision arrived at too late. They are suspicious of others, but they are courageous and powerful. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs.

I was born in the year of the Monkey!

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Only one postcard for this week, but this one is one of my favourite – which surprised even me. Cause it’s not a landscape, or a historical site or legendary battle field; it is the first issue of The Incredile Hulk.

When I was a kid I used to read Archie comics :blush:, seriously. Jughead was my favourite, and secretly I wanted to be Betty although I was probably more of an Ethel. And before Archie I read Casper, Wendy, Little Lotta, Little Audrey – you know, Harvey comics. So I was never into Marvel comics and vaguely knew of some of the characters.

Then Xmen (animated series) came to tv ; I became a Wolverine fangirl *sigh* but still didn’t read the comics.  But I knew of a lot of the characters and later on the feature films hooked a whole bunch of new fans.

But even in my ignorance, I knew that Hulk is supposed to be green – so what gives with the grey tones one on the postcard? Can you say thank you google.

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The Wiki says: “In his debut, the Hulk was grey because Lee wanted a color that did not suggest any particular ethnic group. Colorist Stan Goldberg, however, had problems with the grey coloring, resulting in different shades of grey, and even green, in the issue. After seeing the first published issue, Lee chose to change the skin color to green. Green was used in retellings of the origin, with even reprints of the original story being recolored for the next two decades, until The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #302 (Dec. 1984) reintroduced the grey Hulk in flashbacks set close to the origin story. Since then, reprints of the first issue have displayed the original grey coloring, with the fictional canon specifying that the Hulk’s skin had initially been grey.Incredible Hulk 1, May 1962

So now you know.

On this site there is an updated version of the cover. Which do you prefer? I;m a sucker for pretty things, so I like the new one 😉

Off on a tangent: Lunameower (Shannon) confuddled the ID# a bit – so I used Postcrossing’s Ask for Help section. A day later I had the correct Id! Great job guys, thank you.

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