The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Something Else Weird…

postcardsAlright Dilyana, what is weirder than your penis-sheathed skeleton card? Oh, right, yeah, this card from Maud in the Netherlands who bought it on a trip to Israel. It shows a water skin, within which the Bar Kokhba letters were found in the Cave of Letters in the early 1960s. Not so weird in itself, but as a postcard image, a little strange. However! That being said! How interesting is this? These letters date back to 132-135 AD during the Bar Kokhba Revolt and show direct correspondence between the Jewish leader Bar Kokhba and his subordinates, documenting historical events. Fascinating! Thanks Maud, for such an interesting archaeological card!

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My First Stamped Card From Israel

As any postcard lover will tell you, it is always much more satisfying to get a card posted from the country of origin than it is to get one bought whilst on holiday with a stamp from someone’s home country. So I was thrilled to finally receive this card from Israel (my previous one was posted in England). Sent from Tanya, she tells me she’s lived in the country since she was 8. The card shows The Bahai Shrine of Haifa, a UNESCO site. Tanya says Bahai is a religion that believes there is one god which is the same for all religions and that people need to come together in peace. What a great worldview! Amazing card!

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Israeli Archaeology

This one’s from a friend at university who sent this whilst on a field trip in 2010. Nina tells me all about the stunning desert landscape and all the exciting things she’s come across whilst doing some archaeology there as well as in Jerusalem itself. I was a little jealous of some of the archaeological finds she spoke of but not of the 45 degree heat!

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