This is the place where I'm going to share with you my received postcards, both Postcrossing officials and Private Swaps.
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Thank you in advance :)
The 1st postcard of the week came from Russia and looks like this:
It's a pity that you can't actually see this picture with the same definition of the postcard.
It appears not only the metro arriving at the Vorobjovy Gory Station, but also a beautiful river scene with a boat and a green area (maybe a forest, on the other side), through the window (right).
It's a really good photo!
Curiosity about Russia:
If you want to give flowers to a Russian give only in odd numbers; even numbers are used only for funerals. Russian florists already know this, but it's always good to prevent and know this curiosity :)
This cool postcard shows a piece of a The New Yorker's page and it came from Australia. Check it out:
Curiosity about Australia:
The kangaroo was chosen as the symbol of the country. Appears on the Australian coat of arms alongside the emu bird. The estimated population of kangaroos is 40 million - two for each inhabitant of Australia. Thus hunting is allowed in some places the country at certain times of the year.
It shows the Training school Building in Tennessee.
Curiosity about USA:
Along with Missouri, Tennessee is the state that has the largest number of neighbors: eight states. The same is confined to Kentucky and Virginia (north), to North Carolina(east), Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi (south), Arkansas and Missouri (west). Tennessee is known as The State of Volunteers, due to the military spirit of its people.
Over the past 40 years, some areas of the Far East experienced great development. Especially Japan but also the so-called "four tigers": Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong.In less than one hundred years, Hong Kong moved from a small port in the black market to a major crossroads of international trade.The success of Hong Kong is due to its versatility,and efficient labor and minimal government intervention in the economy.
Yesterday I received my very first postcard from Macau (China). I'm really happy, not just because it's a gorgeous postcard or it's a new place, but mainly because the sender is learning Portuguese and wrote the whole postcard in Portuguese.
It's good to know that, even thought it has passed some years since Macau was no longer a Portuguese Colony (or administrated by us), this mixture of Portuguese and Chinese culture is still alive. It really shows that it's possible to coordinate the differences without one suppressing other :)
The postcard and the stamp:
Curiosity about Macau:
Tourism and gambling have been the primary drivers of Macau's economy. The first one started in 1962 and had been operated under a government-issued monopoly license by Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau. The monopoly ended in 2002 and several casino owners from Las Vegas attempted to enter the market.
What a perfect way to end the week! 3 postcards and 2 new places for my collection :)
Since I have so much to study due to exams, I'll present one today and the rest trough the weekend.
So the 1st one is from Australia. Here it is:
As you can see, it shows a native flower and a super cute Koala with his baby.
Curiosity about Australia:
The name koala was given by the Aborigines and it means, in Aboriginal language, "don't drink" , because this animals only need a small quantity of liquids to survive.
Their diet is based mainly of eucalyptus leaves extract, where they get the amount of water they need. However, these gentle creatures only "approve" 20 species of eucalyptus from the 350 existing ones. Another thing: Koalas sleep, on average, 14 hours a day!
The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.
Today I received this great postcard from Ukraine:
The city is Kiev, the capital and the largest city of Ukraine. In the center, you can see it's coat of arms.
Curiosity about Ukraine:
In the Ukrainian dishes we can find chicken, beef, pork and mushrooms, as well as a variety of vegetables like potatoes and cabbage. In the traditional cuisine is included varenyky (filling: potatoes, mushrooms, sauerkraut or cheese cherry), the famous борщ (borsh) (beetroot soup) and holubtsy (cabbage stuffed with rice with minced meat or wheat - Moor). The specialties are the Ukrainian Chicken Kiev and Kiev Cake.
It really made my day :) I love art in general, but Chinese and Japanese paintings are the ones that impress me the most. I like the contrast of the colors, the themes, the characters... In one word: Everything :)
The animal in the stamp is a Budorcas taxicolor (Takin), a goat-antelope found in the Eastern Himalayas.
Curiosity about China:
Today I leave you a video about Chinese painting, more precisely how to Paint Bamboo. Although it's in Chinese, I thought it was really interesting because it's possible to see very clearly how the painter hold the brush and works with it.