Sunday, January 31, 2016

Vitebsk

Received from: Belarus
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: January 2016
Distance: 861 km
Time of travelling: 15 days

Vitebsk or Vitsebsk is a city in Belarus. The capital of the Vitebsk Region, in 2004 it had 342,381 inhabitants, making it the country's fourth largest city. It is served by Vitebsk Vostochny Airport and Vitebsk air base.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greetings from... United Kingdom

Received from: United Kingdom
Category: swap
Date: January 2016

Greetings from... Taiwan

Received from: Taiwan
Category: swap
Date: January 2016

Cuba

Received from: Cuba
Category: from a friend
Date: December 2015

Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the islands of Cuba, Isla de la Juventud and several archipelagos in the Caribbean Sea. The capital and largest city Havana is 365 km from Miami, Florida, and geographically it is considered part of North America. Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Qatar

From: Qatar
Category: from a friend of a friend :)
Date: December 2015

Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Alexandria

Received from: Egypt
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: January 2016
Distance: 3250 km
Time of travelling: 30 days


Alexandria is the second largest city and a major economic centre in Egypt, extending about 32 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast. Its low elevation on the Nile delta makes it highly vulnerable to rising sea levels. Alexandria is Egypt's largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt's imports and exports. It is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez. Alexandria is also an important tourist destination.
Alexandria was founded around a small Ancient Egyptian town c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It became an important center of the Hellenistic civilization and remained the capital of Hellenistic and Roman and Byzantine Egypt for almost 1000 years until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in AD 641, when a new capital was founded at Fustat (later absorbed into Cairo). Hellenistic Alexandria was best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its Great Library (the largest in the ancient world; now replaced by a modern one); and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Alexandria was the second most powerful city of the ancient world after Rome. Ongoing maritime archaeology in the harbor of Alexandria, which began in 1994, is revealing details of Alexandria both before the arrival of Alexander, when a city named Rhacotis existed there, and during the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Luleå

From: Sweden
Category: collection
Date: December 2015

Gammelstad Church Town (Swedish: Gammelstads kyrkstad) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Gammelstaden near the city of Luleå, Sweden, at the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is the best preserved example of a type of town that was once widespread throughout northern Scandinavia. As Church Village of Gammelstad, Luleå, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996. The town is located about 10 kilometers upstreams Lule River. At its centre is the 15th-century Nederluleå Church surrounded by 424 wood-built houses. The houses were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshippers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult travelling conditions.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Belarus

Received from: Belarus
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: November 2015
Distance: 836 km
Time of travelling: 7 days


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Thailand

Received from: Thailand
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: January 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

North Carolina

Received from: the USA
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: January 2016
Distance: 6994 km
Time of travelling: 6 days

North Carolina is composed of 100 counties. Its two largest metropolitan areas are among the top ten fastest-growing in the country: its capital, Raleigh, and its largest city, Charlotte. In the past five decades, North Carolina's economy has undergone a transition from reliance upon tobacco, textiles, and furniture-making to a more diversified economy with engineering, energy, biotechnology, and finance sectors.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Vantaa

Received from: Finland
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date:  November 2015
Distance: 404 km
Time of travelling: 11 days

Vantaa  is a city and municipality in Finland. It is part of the inner core of the Finnish Capital Region along with Helsinki, Espoo, and Kauniainen. With its population of 212,473 (30 June 201), Vantaa is the fourth most populated city of Finland.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Belgium

Received from: Belgium
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date:  January 2016
Distance: 1264 km
Time of travelling: 6 days

Friday, January 15, 2016

Encamp

Received from: Andorra
Category: swap
Date: January 2016

Casa Cristo Ethnographic Museum in Encamp forms part of the Andorra Rural Habitat Circuit. It's a clear example of the way of life in a humble Andorran house from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century. The Casa Cristo in Encamp is a simple building in the old quarter. It has three floors with rooms with dividing walls, full of little details of daily life: the tools polished for use, the stone sink, the antique baptismal dress, the secret drawer where the mistress kept a corner with money, etc. A full example of the hard conditions of life in the mountains for peasants without land, who often had to emigrate to France and Spain to be able to survive.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Christmas

Received from: Germany
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date:  January 2016
Distance: 1314 km
Time of travelling: 37 days

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains

Received from: the USA
Category: Klub Polki na Obczyźnie
Date: January 2016


Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. It encompasses 522,419 acres, making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina. It was the first national park whose land and other costs were paid for in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sweden

Received from: Sweden
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date:  January 2016
Distance: 88 km
Time of travelling: 2 days