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I have a few minutes to spare and thought I would post here again. I’m still pretty busy but I don’t want to neglect my blog (for too long) so I’ve decided to post when I have time rather than when cards arrive. Although in an ideal world both would occur at the same time. ­čśë

Anyway, today’s post brought a lovely nature view from Japan. It arrived in an envelope and I’m always amazed at Japanese envelopes being used vertically rather than horizontally like they are in Europe.

So without further ado, here’s the card I reveived today.

Domo arigato eno!

Three postcards awaited me today, two from Germany and one from the USA .

I really like map cards, they’re just fab ÔÇô and so great for little ones to find out about their world. This is a US state map card of Pennsylvania, whose nickname is “The Keystone State”.

The back of the card reads “The birthplace of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and the second of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution in 1787 Pennsylvania is now the 5th ranking state in population, and one of the leading states in manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. Capital: Harrisburg, state flower: Mountain Laurel, state bird: Ruffed Grouse, state tree: Hemlock.”

Thanks so much for the card PPC!

The first card from Germany is another elephant card. It shows an African elephant with its young.

Vielen Dank f├╝r die Karte sine!

And the second card from Germany is a wintery view of a tree with a quote by Goethe.

Vielen Dank f├╝r die Karte Dadaismus!

Today’s post only brought two cards, one each from France┬á and Finland .

I don’t speak French but I think the text on this card says something along the lines of “Our faults are like grains of sand opposite┬áthe great mercy of God.” I’ll leave you to ponder that thought…

von-doumik-fr

Merci beaucoup Doumik!

 

I don’t speak Finnish either but according to mistiina the text on this card means “I’m different and proud of it!” I think this little fellow is a hedgehog called Kiroileva Siili and rather popular in Finland. But please correct me if I’m wrong.

von-mistiina-fi

Kiitos paljon mistiina!

I don’t think I’ve ever received any post from Finland before I signed up at Postcrossing but yesterday alone three cards from there arrived.

The first card shows a painting of a Swan by Finnish artist Kirsi Neuvonen. The symbolic use of the swan has ancient traditions in Finland and in the eastern parts of the country the animal was even considered sacred.

Syd├Ąny├Â, 2007

Syd├Ąny├Â, 2007

Kiitos paljon Meduusa!

The second card is a lovely image of a sleeping brown bear (Karhu in Finnish), Finland ‘s national animal. There are about 1,000 bears all over the country. Some UK travel companies offer brown bear watching holidays in Finland! Anyone brave enough to embark on such a trip?!

Mingshu also sent a bunch of Finnish stamps along with the card, which I thought was very nice of her. Kiitos paljon mingshu!

Kiitos paljon mingshu!

The final card from Finland shows a wooden cabin in the forest. Over 60% of the country consists of forests. Wow!

Kiitos paljon Shokora!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I received three cards today, two of which came from my home country of Germany . The first card was from D├╝sseldorf, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is actually the part of Germany I’m from. In fact, I always fly to D├╝sseldorf airport when I visit my family in Germany.
D├╝sseldorf, Germany

D├╝sseldorf, Germany

Vielen Dank f├╝r die Karte nordbaer!

D├╝sseldorf is widely known as a centre of the German advertising and fashion industries. In addition, in the last few years it has become one of the top telecommunications centres in Germany. D├╝sseldorf leads the German mobile phone market with two of the four big German providers of mobile frequencies located in the city. There are 400 advertising agencies in D├╝sseldorf, about 170 national and international financial institutions, about 130 insurance agencies and one of the biggest German stock exchanges. There are also about 200 publishing houses in D├╝sseldorf. I could tell you lots more about D├╝sseldorf but I won’t. ;) If you’re interested just click on the link above to find out more about the city.

My second card from Germany shows a beautiful sunrise and has a Thai proverb printed on it, which translates as “Point your face in the direction of the sun and all the shadows fall behind you.” Isn’t that nice?

Thai proverb

Thai proverb

Vielen Dank auch f├╝r diese Karte nordbaer!

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