Overview: Postcards in December 2015

 

December was mostly dominated by one large swap of 16 cards that had been arranged in November. The cards arrived early inDecember. For the rest of the month it was quiet and the mailbox was mostly empty. I only started sending more cards after Christmas. The first of those already start arriving at their destinations. That means, hopefully, plenty of cards for me in January. Even though I took a break from postcards for most of the month, I still received 29 cards from 6 different countries:

  • China
  • Estonia
  • Germany (4)
  • India (6)
  • New Zealand (16)
  • Portugal

Again, most of them were cards of UNESCO sites:

  • Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas (Argentina)
  • Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks (Argentina)
  • Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture (Bolivia)
  • Pantanal Conservation Area (Brazil)
  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Struve Geodetic Arc (Estonia)
  • Tiya (Ethiopia)
  • Pilgrimage Church of Wies (Germany)
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)
  • Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany)
  • Keoladeo National Park (India)
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India)
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (India)
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (India)
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (India)
  • Western Ghats (India)
  • Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (Iran)
  • Anjar (Lebanon)
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico)
  • Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Nepal)
  • Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo (Panama)
  • Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá (Panama)
  • Las Médulas (Spain)
  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka)
  • Archaeological Site of Carthage (Tunisia)
  • Kairouan (Tunisia)
  • Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay)

With 23 new sites I now have collected a total of 526 sites, which is more than half of the 1031 sites currently enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage!

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