The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Sochi!

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This beautiful card is one of my favourites! Sent to me way back in March, just after the amazing Sochi Winter Olympics, Nadya in Russia really hit the nail on the head with this one – AND even used a commemorative stamp! For some reason, this was the first year I really got into the Winter Olympics and I honestly got hooked! My favourite: the snowboarding! Amazing! And there’s no doubt about it – despite all their controversies the Russians can certainly put on a good show.

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The Australian Antarctic Exhibition

 

Scan - Version 2I just love this beauty from Vikki in Australia! This maxicard, celebrates the Australian Antarctic Expedition led by geologist Douglas Mawson which took place between 1911 and 1914 and was the most scientifically rewarding expedition of its time. Charting 2000 miles of coastline, the voyage expanded knowledge of geology, glaciology and terrestrial biology. Amazing! Incidentally, when a centenary scientific voyage retraced Mawson’s steps in 2013, they got stuck!

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Jane Austen’s House

 

Scan 5This lovely card comes from Richard in the UK and even had a Jane Austen stamp on it too! This museum in Hampshire celebrates the famous author, renowned for works such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. In a time when women’s rights were virtually non-existent, Jane Austen worked hard to raise awareness of female social standing through her works and although she didn’t ever achieve much fame in her life time has gone on to be one of England’s most celebrated authors.

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Barcodes Galore!

 

Scan 1These great four cards come from the very talented Scott in Nebraska, USA. Of course, they show Bruce Lee, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. But what is really impressive is that Scott has made these entirely out of barcodes! If you would like to see more of Scott’s work you can look at http://www.barcodeart.com to find out more about the cards but also the process involved in making them!

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Den Haag

 

Scan - Version 3This beautiful cultural card comes from Marlies in the Netherlands. He tells me this carriage, in The Hague (or Den Haag), is used on the third Tuesday of September to transport the King to the Houses of Parliament for the opening of the parliamentary year. The current kind Willem-Alexander has only made this trip once so far, as he was only coronated in 2013. Great card!

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Taizé

 

Scan - Version 3From David in Germany I received this card from one of his holidays in France. Taizé is a centre of Christian pilgrimage, visited mostly by young people as a sacred space of trust and community. Founded by Frere Roger in the 1940s, this beautiful place in Burgundy welcomes around 100,000 pilgrims a year. Wonderful card. Lucky David for visiting this place!

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Indonesian Paddy Fields

 

Scan 1 - Version 2One of my favourite postcards yet, I just love this beautiful rice scene from Irien in Indonesia. She tells me that rice is a staple for everyone in her country, not just in cuisine but also with cultural importance. She says most people will eat it plain with protein and vegetables as side dishes. Fantasic card! I just adore this scene!

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International Women’s Day

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To celebrate International Women’s Day in March, Spanish Vero sent me this great card – my first of its kind. Created to commemorate historic suffrage, International Women’s Day is celebrated primarily in Europe to represent equality and was designed to raise both political and social awareness of issues surrounding sexism. A fantastic holiday for women, who, in the words of Vero, are “strong, beautiful, smart, skilled, fighters and lovers…”. Great card!

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Balinese Dance

 

ScanThis great card comes from Irene in Indonesia and explains a little background to some of the dances native to the island of Bali. There isn’t much more to tell as the paragraph on the card pretty much says it all! But I will take the opportunity to say how nice it is to be back. I had to take a break from blogging and postcrossing for a while as life got a bit manic. The postcards didn’t stop arriving though! I have too many wonderful contacts and friends online! Happy to be back, I’ve missed you all!

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Swaziland!

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Another stroke of luck brought me this great card from Selby in Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa, with a population of only just over 1 million. The country takes its name from King Mswati II, who took control of the area in the late 1800s and was a ferocious warrior. Here you can see King Mswati III taking part in beautiful cultural traditions, which Selby tells me the Swazis are very proud of. In this dance, those women with red feathers on their heads are princesses. Fantastic card!

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