Friday, 19 January 2018

Ivory Coast: Ceremony in Initiation

Last Friday I got two postcards: my first card from Ivory Coast and one from Vietnam.

Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d'Ivoire, is a country in West Africa bordering on Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana. In 1960 the country became independent from France. Its economy is largely based on agriculture especially the harvesting of cocoa and coffee. Yamoussoukro is Ivory Coast's political capital, while Abidjan is the economic capital and largest city.

The card shows a little boy wearing a sea shell dress for his ceremony of initiation. 


Stamp:
8th Francophone Games in Abidjan (from set of six) (issued 21-07-2017)


Thank You very much Mike for arranging this card for me!

Vietnam: Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Last Friday I got two postcards: one from Vietnam and my first card from Ivory Coast.

The card Vietnam shows an archaeological site within the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was built in the 11th century on the remains of a Chinese fortress on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is since 2010 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With an awesome matching stamp:
Sculptures from the Citadel of Thang Long (issued 10-10-2017)


Thank You very much Phan!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Taiwan: 7th Taiwan Postcrossing Meet-up

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Taiwan, one from Malaysia and one from Russia.

The card from Taiwan is the official card of the 7th Taiwan Postcrossing Meet-up. 


The card was signed during the meet-up.
Stamp:
Year of the Dog (from set of two) (issued 01-12-2017)
with a special Postcrossing postmark



Thank You very much!

Russia: Zabivaka

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Russia, one from Taiwan and one from Malaysia.

The card from Russia shows the mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup writing Christmas cards for Postcrossing. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It is the first time that Russia will host the FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches will be played by 32 teams in twelve venues located in eleven cities, of which ten are in European Russia. Germany is the defending champion and Iceland and Panama will both make their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. The mascot is an anthropomorphic wolf called Zabivaka.

The card was made into a maxicard with one of Russia's Christmas stamps of 2017 which also shows Zabivaka.


The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Moscow.
With a nice matching stamp:
Christmas (from set of three) (issued 01-12-2017)
with a Christmas postmark from Moscow


Thank You very much Evgeniya!

Malaysia: 5th Klang Valley Postcrossing Meet-up

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Malaysia, one from Russia and one from Taiwan.

The card from Malaysia is the official card of the 5th Klang Valley Postcrossing Meet-up.


The card was signed during the meet-up.
Stamp:
International Definitive - "Fauna" (from set of eight) (issued 01-10-2016)


Thank You very much Siew Wui Ng!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Malaysia: Pos-silang

On Wednesday I got two postcards: one from Malaysia and one from Thailand.

The card from Malaysia is an official card for Malaysia's recent Pos-silang stamps.


With an awesome stamp:
Legoland Malaysia (from set of six) (issued 04-12-2017)
with a special postmark about the Stamp Week


Thank You very much Matthew!

Thailand: Monks

On Wednesday I got two postcards: one from Thailand and one from Malaysia.

The card from Thailand shows Buddhist monks.


On the backside are special postmarks of the ASEAN Journey exhibition at the Sam Sen Nai Philatelic Museum.
Stamp:
ASEAN (issued 08-08-2015)
It is a joint issue with the other ASEAN countries.


Thank You very much Kelvin!

cover from China

On Wednesday I got not only two postcards but also a cover from China.

On the cover is a meter stamp showing the Shanghai Disneyland. 
With a nice stamp:
Disney Princess (issued 02-12-2017)


Thank You very much Lin Zhu!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Germany: Baby Animals - Seal and Deer

On 2nd January German Post issued two new stamps in its baby animal series, one showing Deers and one showing Seals. On Tuesday I got the Seal stamp on a matching postcard.

The Common Seal is an animal from the group of the true seals. It is found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. Females bear a single pup after a nine-month gestation, which they care for alone. Pups are able to swim and dive within hours of birth and develop quickly on their mothers' fat-rich milk. During the 19th and 20th century there were many campaigns to eradicate the Common Seals, because they were considered to be a food competitor. Today it is protected. In 2006 it was the German Animal of the Year.
My father bought this card for me on a recent trip to the sea.


With a nice matching stamp:
Baby Animals (from set of two) (issued 02-01-2018)
with a special postmark from the Seal Caring Station in Norddeich


On Tuesday I also got two covers with the stamps and First Day Special Postmarks.


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Australia: Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney

On Monday I got two postcards: one from Australia and one from Thailand.

The card from Australia shows the Irish Famine Memorial and the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney. The Hyde Park Barracks were built between 1818 and 1819 to house convict men and boys. In 1991 a museum was established in the building. Since 2010 the Hyde Park Barracks are as one of the Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 


Stamps:
Rare Beauties (from set of four) (issued 30-03-2017)
Christmas (from set of five) (issued 01-11-2017)


Thank You very much Keiko!