Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day Three Hundred Six

Germany DE-756435 received 11-18-2010

Sent by: Elna
From: Germany
ID number: DE-756435
Notes: Esto es una postal de una playa.  What's that?  That wasn't English?  No, it wasn't, but neither is the sender's message on the back of the card.  She wrote her message in Spanish, even though she is from Germany.  Fortunately, I do understand quite a bit of Spanish (much more than I can speak), and I have been trying to improve my skills by using Duolingo.  I can't really tell you much about the picture on the card.  The caption on the back of the card just says "On the coast".  Well, technically it says "An der küste", but either way, it's not very helpful.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Day Three Hundred Five

California - State Capitol, Sacramento

Sent by: Jassy-50
From: California, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Adding to my collection of state capitols is this almost surreal-looking card of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.  It was completed in 1874, and was built to resemble the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  The interior of the Senate chamber, however, is decorated in red as a reference to the British House of Lords.  Umm...ok.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Day Three Hundred Four

Denmark DK-15958 received 06-20-2011

Sent by: Gogge1
From: Denmark
ID number: DK-15958
Notes: Does anyone else have the urge to sing "Let's Go Fly a Kite"?  This is the annual kite festival on the Danish island of Fanø.  If you are really, REALLY interested in watching the kites flying (and you don't mind the sound of wind blowing over a microphone), there are several rather lengthy videos of the 2014 festival on YouTube.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day Three Hundred Three

USA US-465864 received 08-04-2009

Sent by: Avidreader
From: Riverside, California
ID number: US-465864
Notes: The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa is a historic hotel in Riverside, California, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.  It was built between 1902 and 1935, and uses a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish Gothic, Mission Revival, Moorish Revival and Spanish Colonial styles.  It was renovated in the mid to late 80s, and currently has 239 rooms, 4 restaurants and a day spa.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

USA US-901795 received 11-19-2010

Sent by: KCZGroves
From: Reno, Nevada
ID number: US-901795
Notes: Squaw Valley is a ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area.  It was also the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, which is why Kathryn sent this card to me (I may have mentioned before that I love the Olympics).  The ski area covers 3,600 acres, and has 36 chairlifts and the only funitel in the United States.  The area frequently receives over 40 feet (12 m) of snow in a winter.  Holy crap!  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Day Three Hundred Two

China CN-84896 received 06-22-2009

Sent by: shizue
From: China
ID number: CN-84896
Notes: While this make look like a temple, if you look closely at the front of the building, you will see a Christian cross.  This is the Hongde Church in Shanghai.  It was built in 1928 in Chinese Temple style, and is also known as the Great Virtue Church.

Denmark DK-8076 received 09-01-2009

Sent by: cheriz
From: Denmark
ID number: DK-8076
Notes: This lovely scene is from the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It is the second oldest amusement park in the world, having opened in 1843.  The building shown here is the Nimb Hotel, built in the style of a Moorish palace.  It is one of two on-site hotels at the park, which also boasts rides, theatres, an aquarium and several open-air concert stages and pavillions.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day Three Hundred One

USA US-460454 received 07-27-2009

Sent by: estromberg
From: Santa Maria, California, USA
ID number: US-460464
Notes: Santa Maria, California is located about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Los Angeles.  It has a population of just over 102,000 people, and it is apparently known as the BBQ capital of California.  The city was founded in 1874, but the city hall, pictured here, was not dedicated until 1934.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Day Three Hundred aka Merry Christmas!!

Finland FI-963985 received 01-18-2011

Sent by: Hikka
From: Liminka, Finland
ID number: FI-963985
Notes: To me, this is the quintessential image of Santa Claus...well, except for that blue band on his hat.  But otherwise, this is the image of Santa that comes to mind.  The card even has a matching Santa stamp on the back.

Ukraine UK-176470 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: zamriyana
From: Kiev, Ukraine
ID number: UA-176470
Notes: This card says it all - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my readers.  Yeah, all 3 of you! ;)

Only 65 days more left in my year of blogging!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Nine

Germany DE-276420 received 01-31-2009

Sent by: gila
From: Herzogenaurach, Germany
ID number: DE-276420
Notes: The title of this song translates to "Christmas Party Song" least that is what I got from Google Translate.  I'm confused by several things about the Santa figure. First, is he a giant or is that tree just really tiny.  Seoncd, why is he wearing clown shoes instead of boots??  Very odd!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Eight

Germany DE-773094 received 12-13-2010

Sent by: PetraG
From: Germany
ID number: DE-773094
Notes: Here is another cute Christmas scene, from an original oil painting by Renate Koblinger, whose other work seems to mostly involve cats.  I guess that explains the kitten next to the snowman.  Not sure about the crows though, or why the snowman seems to have been built in the middle of nowhere.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Seven

Poland PL-153669 received 01-18-2011

Sent by: martigger
From: Poland
ID number: PL-153669
Notes: I have a number of Christmas postcards, so I thought I'd start posting them a few days early.  Santa seems to be having some chimney issues on this card.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Six

China CN-453988 received 10-17-2011

Sent by: chienbien
From: China
ID number: CN-453988
Notes: This is The Bund in Shanghai, China, as it looked in 1936.  Bund means embankment or embanked quay, and in the case of Shanghai, it refers to the area along the western bank of the Huangpu River.  Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Shanghai, and many of the buildings look the same as they do in this photo, including the building in the center with the clock tower.

China CN-159578 received 02-12-2010

Sent by: angieangie1130
From: China
ID number: CN-159578
Notes: According to Angie, this is an old Chinese house.  Clearly at this point, it has been turned into some sort of business, although I'm not sure what.  The caption on the back of the card is less than helpful.  It says "Each window may have housed a sad and beautiful story; each flat roof may have weathered a long forgotten love."  Well, isn't that a cheery thought!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Five

California - San Francisco Then and Now

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 1
Notes: I'm not sure when the top photo was taken, but San Francisco's cable car system first began operating in 1878, so obviously it was some time after that.  The top photo doesn't say exactly where it is either, but the bottom photo says that it is on Hyde Street Hill.  And out in the Bay in the background, I believe I spy Alcatraz.

California - Columbia State Historic Park

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 1
Notes: Columbia State Historic Park has almost 30 preserved buildings from California's Gold Rush.  The area was declared a state park in 1946, and it currently operates as an open-air museum. It is also home to many living history programs throughout the year, and has been used as a shooting location for a number of films and TV shows.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Four

China CN-221185 received 07-14-2010

Sent by: Hangtung
From: Guangzhou, China
ID number: CN-221185
Notes: As you can see from the caption, this is the Inner Ring Road, specifcially the Inner Ring Road in Guangzhou, China.  It is a 16 mile (26.7 km) ring expressway around the center of the city.  According to the back of the card, this is the Huanshi Road Section, whatever that means.  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Three

California - City Hall, Pasadena

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 4
Notes: I don't really think you'll be surprised when I tell you that this is the City Hall in Pasadena, California.  It was built in 1927, and retrofitted between 2004 and 2007 so that it would comply with earthquake building codes.  Pasadena is a city of about 137,000 people just north of Los Angeles.  It is probably most famous for hosting both the Rose Bowl football game and the Tournament of Roses Parade (love that!) that take place every New Year's Day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Two

China CN-390736 received 06-18-2011

Sent by: ericshepherd
From: China
ID number CN-390736
Notes: This is the USA Pavilion from Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.  It was the first World Expo since 1992, and the theme was Better City - Better Life.  According to the caption on the back of the card, the building is supposed to symbolize an eagle ready to spread its wings.  Ummm, yeah, suuuuuuure.

China CN-433949 received 09-06-2011

Sent by: lovegreen
From: China
ID number: CN-433949
Notes: Hmm, this card looks familiar!!  I usually only post one card on weekdays, but since this is the same card anyway, I thought I'd post both.  I received the two cards several months apart.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-One

California - Gold Country

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 1
Notes: As this card was in an envelope that had gone to a number of different people, each of whom swapped out cards in the envelope with some of their own, I cannot give credit to one particular person for sending this to me.  The man pictured is, of course, not an actual gold prospector from the California Gold Rush in the late 1840s.  He is a historical re-enactor and living history performer name Tennessee Hughes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety

China CN-99528 received 08-15-2009

Sent by: Welkin
From: China
ID number: CN-99528
Notes: The only caption on the back of this card that is in English says "People's Republic of China", so I can't  verify with 100% certainty the sender's claim that this is a postcard of Mount Everest.  It does *look* like some photos of the north face of Mount Everest that I was able to find through a search, so Welkin is likely correct. I always thought Everest was entirely in Nepal, but apparently the international border between Nepal and China runs through its precise summit point.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Nine

California - Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

Sent by: Jassy-50
From: Alameda, California, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Oakland Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium, home to both Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics and the NFL's Oakland Raiders.  It is the only stadium in the U.S. to serve as a full-time home to both a MLB and a NFL team.  As pictured, the stadium is set up for a Raiders game (you probably knew that as it says RAIDERS in one of the end zones).  The standard seating capacity for baseball games is 35,067, while for football games the seating goes up to 56,057. 

California - Yosemite National Park

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: This is Yosemite National Park, one of the more famous national parks in the U.S.  This is another card Ryan sent to me while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, as the trail goes right through the park  He pointed out that this photo shows no snow on the mountains, which is apparently quite different from when he hiked through the area.  Hiking through deep snow certainly doesn't sound like very much fun to me!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Eight

Canada CA-115567 received 08-04-2010

Sent by: angel85qcca
From: Quebec, Canada
ID number: CA-115567
Notes: We had a card of an orca on Thursday, and now we have a beluga whale.  This particular beluga is shown in the St. Lawrence River Estuary.  The estuary and river contain one of the world's 29 beluga subpopulations, all of which are located in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters.  Belugas live mostly in shallower coastal waters, but have been known to move to deeper water for periods of time to feed and give birth.

Canada CA-155125 received 03-21-2011

Sent by: grannyfireside
From: Tweed, Ontario, Canada
ID number: CA-155125
Notes: This seems like a scene that could be happening right now, as it is (almost) winter.  These people are skating along the Rideau Canal, which opened in 1832.  It's the oldest continuously-operated canal in North America, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  As for the two background buildings that look like castles, the one on the left is Centre Block, the main Canadian Parliament building, and on the right is the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Seven

California - AT&T Park, San Francisco

Sent by: Jassy-50
From: Alameda, California, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: AT&T Park (originally known as Pacific Bell Park and then SBC Park) opened in 2000 as a replacement for Candlestick Park.  It is the home to Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants, who have won the World Series 3 times in the past five years (2010, 2012 and 2014).  As you can see, the ballpark is located right next to San Francisco Bay.  Apparently, sometimes home run balls do end up in the water, and fans in boats and kayaks sit out there with fishing nets hoping to catch one.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Six

Canada CA-196302 received 10-15-2011

Sent by: Shamlock
From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ID number: CA-196302
Notes: I guess I'm continuing the marine theme from yesterday with the orca (or killer whale).  I'm pretty sure most people are familiar with orcas because of Shamu at Seaworld.  I find it interesting that the card shows British Columbia, but the sender is from Quebec, which is almost at the opposite end of Canada.  Sure, I sometimes send cards showing other states, but they are the states closest to mine.  Oh well, it's still a cool card.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Five

USA US-1169129 received 06-20-2011

Sent by: josprkl
From: California, USA
ID number: US-1169129
Notes: While this card comes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, the pelagic stingray lives all over the world in water warmer than 66 degrees F.  They typically reach just over four feet (1.3 m) long and 23 inches (59 cm) across.  It is the only stingray that almost exclusive lives in open ocean.  Because of this, they are rarely encountered by humans in the wild, but they have been kept in public aquariums for over a century.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Four

Canada CA-182906 received 08-25-2011

Sent by: stereoqueenbee
From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ID number: CA-182906
Notes: This is the marina of Old Port, part of the historic district of Old Montreal.  The port covers several kilometers along the St. Lawrence River, and has existed since the 17th century, when it was a fur-trading post.  In 1990, the Old Port was redeveloped into a recreational and historic area that draws six million visitors a year.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Three

California - Wind Energy

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: I believe that Green Tortuga, aka Ryan, sent this card to me while he was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border in 2010.  Clearly he sent this while he was in California.  We have a couple of wind farms about fifty miles south of where I live in Indiana, consisting of several hundred of these wind turbines.  The caption on the back of this card says that there are about 15,000 (!) wind turbines in the Altamont, Tehachapi and San Gorgonio passes alone.  Ok, California, you win this one.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Two

Australia AU-140714 received 06-29-2011

Sent by: piegirl5au
From: Melbourne, Australia
ID number: AU-140714
Notes: Those colorful little buildings on Brighton Beach are known as bathing boxes.  There are 82 of them, and they date from the Victorian era.  pieguirl5au said that each of them is privately owned, and they are either "passed down to family members or sold for big $$$".  As Brighton is apparently one of the wealthiest areas of Melbourne, that doesn't really surprise me.

Canada CA-111243 received 07-02-2010

Sent by: rogerr
From: New Brunswick, Canada
ID number: CA-111243
Notes: This map shows the provinces of Canada that border the Atlantic Ocean.  It's rather a funny map.  I studied it for quite a while to find all of the little jokes on it.  I particularly like the moose, and I have a feeling a friend of mine while feel the same...

FYI, I am now into my box of larger postcards.  Larger means they measure around 5x7 inches, as opposed to the standard sized postcards, which are about 4x6 inches.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-One

Arkansas - Clinton Presidential Center

Sent by: dan1066
From: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: dan1066 sent a page of information for the cards he sent to me.  His first comment about this card was "Yes, it looks like a stainless steel trailer overhanging a river."  I have to admit that he's right.  The building to the right of the trailer...I mean Presidential Center...used to be the Choctaw Railway Station, and is now the Clinton School of Public Service.  Apparently the mission of the school is "to educate and prepare individuals for public service, incorporating a strategic vision, an authentic voice, and a commitment to the common good."  Excuse me while I finish rolling my eyes.

USA US-1267864 received 08-31-2011

Sent by: tjettie
From: Sacramento, California, USA
ID number: US-1267864
Notes: This is the Old Sacramento Historic Area, which has been restored to supposedly look as it did during the California Gold Rush.  Sacramento became an important hub during the Gold Rush, and it was a terminus for wagon trains, stagecoaches, riverboats, the Pony Express and the First Transcontinental Railroad.  The California State Legislature moved to Sacramento in 1854, officially making it the state capital.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty

Russia RU-583790 received 10-19-2011

Sent by: Grace800
From: Russia
ID number: RU-583790
Notes: This looks like it could very well be a Valentine's Day postcard, but as I received it in October (of 2011), I figured it was ok to post in December.  Between my address label, the air mail sticker, the ID number and the six stamps (four of which were part of a sheet that took up 3/4 of the card), Grace800 did not have much room to write a message.  She wrote 17 words, and had to split it up into the two small open spaces on the card.  Hey, at least she wrote something!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Nine

USA US-1510097 received 01-30-2012

Sent by: jcmcdade
From: Arkansas, USA
ID number: US-1510097
Notes: Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, lived in this house from the ages of four to seven.  It is located at the corner of Walnut and 13th Streets in Hope, Arkansas, just in case you wanted to swing by.  One thing I didn't know about him - his last name at birth was actually Blythe, not Clinton.  His father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., actually died in a car accident three months before he was born.  Roger Clinton, Sr. was his stepfather, and at the age of 15, Bill formally changed his last name to Clinton.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Eight

Austria AT-82559 received 07-30-2011

Sent by: avanesdonk
From: Austria
ID number: AT-82559
Notes: This card may have come from Austria, where German is the official language, but all of the words on the front of the card are in French.  In case you don't read French, the caption at the top of the card says "The Flavors of Morocco".  Yup, Morocco. That's a different country than Austria.  In fact, it's on a different continent. :)  I think my favorite thing to eat on this card would be the dried apricots (bottom left, just above the oranges).  And all of these different foods means that I used more tags on this card than any other card I have posted to Flickr - 33.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Seven

USA US-1543355 received 02-21-2012

Sent by: Alaska
From: Anchorage, Alaska, USA
ID number: US-1543355
Notes: The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.  It began in 1973 as a way to test which sled dog mushers were the best.  The locations of the race start as well as the checkpoints are adjusted based on weather, so the exact measured distance of the race can vary from year to year.  Typically, though, the northern route (run in even-numbered years) is about 1,112 miles (1,790 km) and the southern route (run in odd-numbered years) is about 1,131 miles (1,820 km) long.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Six

Russia RU-503566 received 08-04-2011

Sent by: Veter
From: Russia
ID number: RU-503566
Notes: Veter said that this is food typical of his country, especially the black bread.  I'm not sure what the dish actually is, as the only part I can clearly identify are the carrots.  The other things look like they might be pierogi, but I don't know.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Five

UK GB-203710 received 02-22-2011

Sent by: herbalholly
From: England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-203710
Notes: Exeter is located in the county of Devon in south west England.  This card shows the city's Quay, and the Custom House, which is the oldest surviving brick building in the city.  The Quay used to be a big shipping port, but after the railroad reached Exeter in the 1840s, shipping to the Quay began to decline.  Now it is used exclusively for leisure.  

Sent by: Duplevista
From: England, United Kingdom
For: Private Trade
Notes: I received this card way back in 2007, but I didn't see that I had ever blogged it before.  So here it is.  The photo on the left is actually slightly mislabled.  Big Ben is NOT the name of the tower.  It is the name of the bell inside the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster.  As of 2012, the tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.  The Tower Bridge, named because of its proximity to the Tower of London, was built between 1886 and 1894.  It is a combination of a suspension bridge and a bascule (draw) bridge.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Four

Finland FI-1159896 received 08-06-2011

Sent by: cranberry
From: Finland
ID number: FI-1159896
Notes: The Åland Islands are an archipelago in the Baltic Sea off the eastern coast of Finland.  Although the islands belong to Finland, Swedish is the predominant language.  According to cranberry, these pancakes are one of the specialties of the island.  They do sound interesting, and would probably be pretty tasty.  I'm not sure about the prune soup mentioned at the end of the recipe though.  Could that be the same as stewed prunes?  If anyone makes the pancake recipe, let me know how it is.

Lithuania LT-144062 received 09-20-2011

Sent by: gitamaja
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-144062
Notes: The caption at the bottom of the card says "It's never to late to learn."  Not sure exactly what we should be learning from grapes.  Unfortunately, grapes are a fruit that I just don't like.  It's a texture thing more than a taste thing - I don't like how they squish when you bite into them.  I can't eat cherry/grape tomatoes for the same reason.  It just gives me the willies.  I'm not a fan of raisins or wine either.  So I'm basically the grape industry's least favorite person. Oh well.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Three

UK GB-130042 received 04-02-2010

Sent by: MizzBloor
From: England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-130042
Notes: Oxford is a historic university city (I bet you never would have guessed that, right?) located 50 miles (80 km) northwest of London.  This card shows (from l-r): Christ Church, The Sheldonian Theatre and the Bridge of Sighs (Hertford Bridge) on the top row, and Radcliffe Camera, the Examination Schools, and Folly Bridge on the bottom row.  Christ Church, a college associated with the University of Oxford, was founded in 1546, making it the oldest of the structures shown.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-Two

France FR-96820 received 06-05-2010

Sent by: pjube
From: France
ID number: FR-96820
Notes: If you are reading this the day it was posted, and you live in the USA, chances are you are now recovering from eating a large Thanksgiving feast.  Perhaps it is now time for dessert.  While I LOVE pumpkin pie, I know some people don't like it (weirdos).  So maybe those people might like this - a cherry clafoutis.  It looks sort of like a pie, right?  The back of the card even has the recipe on it, although it doesn't do me much good as it is all in French.  I think I'll stick to the pumpkin pie.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy-One

United Kingdom GB-127884 received 03-22-2010

Sent by: PinkPaisley
From: England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-127884
Notes: This is the market town of Hitchin in Hertforshire, England. It is about 35 minutes north of London by train, according to PinkPaisley.  She mentioned that she is a geocacher, but has found several letterboxes and stamped in with her PinkPaisley stamp.  I wonder if she uses a pink ink pad??

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seventy

Norway - Mack-øl Beer

Sent by: Fnatten
From: Norway
For: Private swap
Notes: I am not a beer drinker (blech!), so I have no idea if this beer would be a good pairing with this salad.  I would probably eat that salad though.  I do like shrimp.  Seems that based on the number of forks, there is another course after the salad.  I wonder what it is?  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day Two Hundred Sixty-Nine

UK GB-168024 received 09-17-2010

From: England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-168024
Notes: Exeter Cathedral is located in the city of Exeter (big surprise there) in south west England.  The building was completed around the year 1400, and it features the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England, at around 315 feet (96 m) long.  The cathedral also features an astronomical clock, which dates from about 1484, and is thought to be the inspiration for the nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickory Dock".

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day Two Hundred Sixty-Eight

Finland FI-1168094 received 08-15-2011

Sent by: LeilaR
From: Finland
ID number: FI-1168094
Notes: These are Vaccinium vitis-idaea.  They are also known as whortleberries, cowberries, or, more commonly here in the U.S., lingonberries.  They grow on evergreen shrubs, and are native to the boreal forests and Arctic tundra throughout Eurasia and North America.  LeilaR said that in Finland, they used them to make jams and pies (mmmmm, pie), and they also eat them with meat.

Ukraine UA-61019 received 02-12-2011

Sent by: hope_clearwater
From: Ukraine
ID number: UA-61019
Notes: It seems to me that a dirigible half full of vodka would actually have a hard time staying in the air.  But what do I know?  According to hope_clearwater, the caption on the front says "When I drink vodka, I will fly up to the sky, on with wonderful dirigible.  I am not afraid either of bullets or of a sword!"  Yeah, that's what happens when you drink too much (or so I've heard).