Overview: Postcards in October 2016

I didn’t expect that many postcards in October. On the official Postcrossing site I currently have the Repeated Countries option activated. This means I mostly send cards to Russia that tend to travel slower. So my sent/received stats are almost even with a tendency to more received cards than sent. Still, the cards keep coming in. And I received 65 postcards in October from 20 different countries. Of course, there are plenty of cards from swaps among them, too.

  • China (2)
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland (5)
  • France
  • Germany (8)
  • India (2)
  • Italy (2)
  • Japan (2)
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands (4)
  • New Zealand (16)
  • Portugal (2)
  • Russia (5)
  • Serbia (3)
  • Slovenia (3)
  • Spain (3)
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine

Among them were cards of 29 UNESCO sites:

  • Tassili n’Ajjer (Algeria)
  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (China)
  • Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region (Ethiopia)
  • Aksum (Ethiopia)
  • Bourges Cathedral (France)
  • Mount Athos (Greece)
  • Taj Mahal (India)
  • Kaziranga National Park (India)
  • Meidan Emam, Esfahan (Iran)
  • Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (Italy)
  • Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area (Japan)
  • Ogasawara Islands (Japan)
  • Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (Malta)
  • Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque (Mexico)
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza (Mexico)
  • Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (Mexico)
  • Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout (Netherlands)
  • Bryggen (Norway)
  • Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (Peru)
  • Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (Peru)
  • Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde (Portugal)
  • Lake Baikal (Russia)
  • Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain (Spain)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park (Tanzania)
  • Amphitheatre of El Jem (Tunisia)
  • Medina of Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Medina of Sousse (Tunisia)
  • Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine)
  • Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)

19 of those sites are new to my collection which now counts 645 different sites. I also received the third site of Malta and completed that country’s collection for now.

Jasmund National Park, Rügen, Germany

The White Cliffs of Rügen (Postcard Theme: Islands)

Jasmund National Park, Rügen, Germany

Jasmund National Park, Rügen, Germany; © Cloudy_Wings

After the beach theme in July I asked for island cards in August. Both requests were related to my island and beach vacation in July. I spent a week on the beautiful island Rügen in the Baltic Sea. Besides the wonderful (but very crowded) sandy beaches the famous white chalk cliffs are a good reason for a visit to the island. The white rocks offer a spectacular sight, and the lush greenery on top is National Park Jasmund, part of the UNESCO site Ancient Beech Forests of Germany. Naturally, I bought a stack of postcards for my collection.

Having been on Rügen once as a child, I vaguely remember looking at the cliffs from a viewpoint in the park. This time I chose a different perspective, looking up from the ocean during a boat tour along the coast. The boat can’t get too close, though, as the cliffs are always in danger of breaking off. That’s why it’s not a good idea to walk along the beach below the rocks, either. Or anywhere close to the edge. As beautiful as they are, the cliffs are best viewed from a distance.

As for the island cards I received in August through Postcrossing, they were a nice and interesting mix. I got cards of exotic island paradises with turquoise water and white beaches, islands in the middle of a lake, even a tiny island in a lake in the park. And also a card of Seattle, not technically an island as far as I know, but at least framed by a lake and the ocean, so it’s close enough.

Postcard theme: Islands

Postcard theme: Islands