Friday, October 31, 2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Five

Thailand - Viewpoint Kata-Karon,  Phuket

Sent by: Thamonwan
From: Thailand
For: Private swap
Notes: Kata and Karon are two of the beaches shown in this photo.  They are located in the Phuket province, in south western Thailand.  All of the beaches in the area suffered major damage during the 2004 tsunami caused by the earthquake in the Indian Ocean.  Fortunately, the area has recovered and is once again popular with tourists.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Four

Time Machine

Sent by: wackystuff
From: Canada
For: Ad Card Round Robin - Group 9
Notes: It's not a TARDIS or a Delorean, but it is a Time Machine.  In this case, it seems that the Time Machine was a festival of sorts with a bunch of DJs playing music.  At least, that is what I gathered from the information on the back of the card, which is partially in French.  It's not a true postcard, because there is no room on the back for an address or stamps - it's totally covered with information about Time Machine.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Three

Thailand - The Royal Barge, Bangkok

Sent by: Thamonwan
From: Thailand
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the Royal Barge Suphannahong.  It is used in Royal Barge Processions, ceremonies of both religious and royal significance that have been taking place for over 700 years.  There have been 16 Royal Barge Processions during the reign of the current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.  The first was May 14, 1957, nearly eleven years after he became king, and the most recent was November 9th, 2012.  As I was reading about King Bhumibol, I found it interesting that he was actually born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His father, the king's brother,  was enrolled in the Public Health Program at Harvard at the time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Two

REM, 1994

Sent by: iSteven
From: Pennsylvania, USA
For: Lottery for Round Robin Hosts
Notes: I received this card, along with several others, as part of a lottery that I entered and won on the Postcrossing forum, which is separate from the main Postcrossing site.  At the time, I was hosting several Round Robins on the forum, but have since passed those hosting duties on to others.  The card shows the members of the band R.E.M., as they looked in 1994.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-One

Thailand TH-65936 received 02-24-2011

Sent by: swimmergirl
From: Thailand
ID number: TH-65936
Notes: Besides sounding like something a kid would say after you ask them to do something, Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok.  It is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, probably because it has a very large statue of a reclining Buddha inside.  It is one of the oldest wats in Thailand, having been founded in 1781, and also one of the largest.  The Buddha statue is about 50 feet (15 m) high and 141 feet (43 m) long).