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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

53rd


What a lovely sunset, the scenery in this postcard looks pleasantly warm too TAT It's -24 C with windchill right now, I'm wishing I was in Taiwan right now! 

This is the 3rd day my postbox has been happy, can we make the whole week?!

Received: 30.01.2013


Ah the Pelican eel, one of the few creatures to make me squirm XD


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

52nd

The postcard is a picture that was taken by the sender's colleague, it's quite an interesting piece. I just wish I could read the title of the work and the authors name though. I'm also surprised how quickly it got here too 0_0

Received: 29.01.2013


Monday, 28 January 2013

51st

Villa Hügel in Essen was the former residence of the Krupp family, it was built between 1870-1873. Today it belongs to Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and the Halbach Foundation 

My only official card in what feels like a really long time, comes from Essen, Germany. Loving the view!

Received: 28.01.2013 


2 more German flower stamps I don't have, very nice.


As a side note, because I'm always complaining about stamp prices in Canada I did a quick google search and came up with this article from BBC about the highest postage rates in the world. Canada was not on the top 10 but I can still whine about it can't I? 

According to the article, the highest rate belongs to Norway, comparing the difference maybe I should tone down the whining. 

Domestic Canadian stamps are worth: $0.63 for a letter under 30 g, $1.10 to the USA, and $1.85 Worldwide. 
20 g letters within Norway are worth 9.00 NOK ($1.63 CAN), Europe is 12.00 ($2.18) and worldwide is 14.00 ($2.55)

Here is the price list if you would like to take a look, and I'll stop complaining about postage prices... 


Saturday, 26 January 2013

14th DS


Another DS from my friend, again with glitter. At least I got the British guards and it also has a nice vintage look to it as well. I didn't quite expect something back since I had sent her a card just because I felt like it, apparently we even sent them on the same day. Go figure XD

Received: 25.01.2013


Some stamps from India, that are up for trade


And Venezuela has quite intelligent ants it seems XD


The 5 cent stamp was more of a bonus, the Queen stamp is also up for trade if anyone is interested. 

Monday, 21 January 2013

13th DS


Here are 3 lovely postcards I received from a swap today from the Ukraine. Loving each one of them =)

Received: 21.01.2013


And this is the amazing amount of stamps I got along with it! Not all the stamps are from the Ukraine, some are from Russia, Belarus, Germany, France, India, and Kazakhstan.


And the 3 beauties that were on the envelope 

Friday, 18 January 2013

50th


A vintage car card from the Netherlands, and this is also card #50! I didn't expect to reach this number so soon, onward to 100!

Received: 17.01.2013


Stamps before the Euro was circulated, I've seen a number of these from the old letters my dad got from relatives back home.


Thursday, 17 January 2013

49th


A Christmasy card from Belarus, it was travelling for far too long but I'm glad it didn't get lost in the end!

Received: 17.01.2013


And it matches the card, naturally


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Orphaned Postcard Project

Last week or so I joined something called "The Orphaned Postcard Project" by fellow postcrosser PostMuse. In a nut-shell the project consists of receiving (a) blank postcard(s) from her (in other words "adopting" an "orphaned" postcard), then you must write back to her using the same postcard(s) and more or less explain why you were drawn to the postcard(s). Her site explains the project much better then I do. 

I decided to try it out and here are the ones I chose, soon I'll get to work with my message and sending them back =D

Here you can find all the information if you would like to try it yourself!


This card here is a map of the country of Andorra, a tiny country sandwiched between France and Spain.



And this card is the Moai from Easter Island, here is the corresponding post after this card was received (it seems weird to read about yourself from someone else's perspective XD) 


Naturally I have to post up the beautiful stamps I received with these postcards |D

48th


Woo hoo nesting dolls! I didn't expect to get this from Japan though! And is that a gnome I see on the right?! Too cool XD

Received: 15.01.2013


This is the first time I have ever seen a round stamp 0_0 Japan you never cease to amaze me! 


47th


"Where love is sown, happiness grows" -William Shakespeare 

That was the closest translation I could get, I tried googling a number of combinations but to no avail. Maybe someone else can come up with the original saying or a better translation? 

Received: 15.01.2013


Another two unique stamps from Austria for the collection.


Saturday, 12 January 2013

12th DS

Today, or rather I should say yesterday, something amazing arrived in the mail for me. As you can see below all of these blank postcards come all the way from Baku, Azerbaijan! This was relatively un-expected as I had only sent one card to the person I traded with, yesterday I sent him another card as a thank you for all of these! The smaller cards date back to when Azerbaijan was still apart of the Soviet Union, they also have a bit of a musty smell to them too. 

Received: 11.01.2013


This one has been giving me a headache for the past hour, this card along with the following are all paintings by Viktor Vasnetsov (I'm glad I can read Cyrillic.) This one is called "Pond In Akhtyrka," HOWEVER this card looks nothing like "Pond In Akhtryka" it took a bit of searching and I finally found out this work is actually called "Pond In Ochtir." I admit I don't know Russian but I'm quite confident that "Пруд в Ахтырке" does not say "Pond In Ochtir." Here you can find a picture of "Pond In Akhtryka" and here is "Pond In Ochtir".


"Sleeping Princess"


"The Unsmiling Tsarevna (Nesmeyana)" 
This one originally had a boarder too but I cropped off the majority in the initial scan, oops.


"Zmey Gorynych" (Змеем-Горынычем)
My personal favourite, unfortunately I couldn't find an English translation of the title.


"Three Princesses of the Underground Kingdom"


"Sirin and Alkonost, birds of joy and sorrow"


"Flying Carpet"

The Government House

Huseyn Javid gardens

The road to Azneft Square. On the right hand the summer hall of Azerbaijan State Philharmonic named after M.Magomayev.

View of the palace and park named after Heydar Aliyev.

National Park

The Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater 


Not sure why the stamps are placed like that but awesome all the same~!


Thursday, 10 January 2013

46th


Hurray ducks! All the way from Australia!

Received: 08.01.2013


And such a lovely assortment of stamps! And their postage is still cheaper then ours *shakes fist once more at Canada Post*


45th


And this cute/interesting card comes all the way from Sweden! Once again another first |D

Received: 08.01.2013




One Random Post


While checking my collection for a card for a direct swap I noticed I happened to have 3 cards stating the city I live in, the province, and well of course the country. Fancy that! Just for fun I'm posting where each location (or card) ends up going.

Calgary: Romania (Jan 10)
Alberta: Taiwan (Jan 30)
Canada: Russia (Jan 13)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

44th


New Year's Wishes from Holland, very nice timing might I add!

Received: 03.01.2013




43rd

King Zygmunt III Waza Column

And from the capital itself, Warsaw, Poland! Wonderful picture in the fog!

Received: 03.01.2013