Overview: Postcards in January 2015

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January was a great month for postcards. I received 35 postcards in total! 23 of those were from the official Postcrossing site, the rest through swaps on the forum. Around the holidays in December I had some time onmy hands, which I used to initiate some swaps and send postcards. The result came in the first weeks of January, with lots of cards from these swaps arriving, plus one from Brazil that had been travelling for two months.

Also, since the Postcrossing team renewed the charity campaign “Postcards for a good cause” with Deutsche Post, I decided to send more cards in December and then didn’t send any in January. The German postal service is going to donate 10 cents for every card with a German ID sent through postcrossing in December. The cards have to be received and registered by the end of February. One of my cards is still on its way, but there’s still almost a month time. Anyway, sending lots of cards in December meant lots of cards arriving at the end of January.

The 35 cards I received came from 16 countries:

  • Belarus (3)
  • Brazil
  • China (3)
  • Czech Republic (3)
  • Germany (7)
  • Finland
  • Italy (3)
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Russia (4)
  • Slovakia
  • Turkey (2)
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States (2)

17 of the cards were of UNESCO sites:

  • Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda (Brazil)
  • Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (China)
  • Historic Centre of Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia)
  • Struve Geodetic Arc (Finland)
  • City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Italy)
  • Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (Italy)
  • Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (Montenegro)
  • Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou (Morocco)
  • Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage (Morocco)
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russia)
  • Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments (Slovakia)
  • City of Safranbolu (Turkey)
  • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex (Turkey)

I received cards of 10 UNESCO sites that are new to my collection, and according to my list have cards of 388 UNESCO sites in total. Which makes me believe that I should count my cards again, since in December I had 377 sites…

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