Private Swap - Paraguay

New country to my collection! Naeratus Nic’oPY sent me some really great postcards!

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Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de América, or the Heart of America.

As of 2009 the population was estimated at 6.3 million. The capital and largest city is Asunción. The official languages are Spanish and Guaraní, both being widely spoken in the country. The Guaraní have been living in Paraguay since prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, when Paraguay became part of the Spanish colonial empire. Paraguay gained independence from Spain in 1811. (source)

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A tapir is a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. Tapirs are classified as endangered or vulnerable. (source)

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Paraguay’s Ferrocarril Presidente Carlos Antonio López is the only one state railway left in the world which is using steam for all operations. A remarkable feature of this railway is that they use tropical firewood to feed their fleet of steam locos. The locomotives are mostly 2-6-0s, 4-6-0s and 2-8-0s from North British and Kerr Stuart, many of them 99 years old. (source)

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Ñandutí is a traditional Paraguayan embroidered lace, introduced by the Spaniards, that is related to Teneriffe lace. The name means "spider web" in Guaraní, the official, indigenous language of Paraguay. (source)

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Tereré is an infusion of yerba mate, similar to mate but prepared with cold water rather than with hot, and in a slightly larger vessel. It is originally from Paraguay. (source)

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Thank you Nic’oPY!

#225 Germany

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The Moselle is a river flowing through France, Luxembourg, and Germany. It is a left tributary of the Rhine, joining it at Koblenz. A small part of Belgium is also drained by the Mosel through the Our.
Its name comes from the Latin Mosella, meaning the "Little Meuse". The river gave its name to two French départements: Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle. (source)
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Thank you Sandra!

#224 Russia

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Thank you Inna!

From a friend - Spain

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Gracias Gora!

Private Swap - Spain

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The Costa Cálida (Warm Coast) is the approximately 250 km stretch of Mediterranean coastline of the Spanish province of Murcia. This region has a micro-climate which features comparatively hot mean annual temperatures and a relative degree of aridity (precipitation averaging less than 34 cm annually). (source)

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Thank you Eric!

RR #63 USA

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The Oregon Trail is a 3,200 km historic east-west wagon route that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon and locations in between. It flourished from the 1840s until the coming of the railroad at the end of the 1860s. The trip on foot took four to six months. It was the oldest of the northern commercial and emigrant trails and was originally discovered and used by fur trappers and traders in the fur trade from about 1811 to 1840. (source)

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Thank you jschwab!

RR #62 Canada

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Thank you Moonlessnite!

Private Swap - China

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Xiamen is a major city on the southeast (Taiwan Strait) coast of the People's Republic of China. It is administered as a sub-provincial city of Fujian province with an area of 1,573 sq. km and population of 3.53 million.

Xiamen and the surrounding southern Fujian countryside are the ancestral home to large communities of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Xiamen is known in China as a prosperous and clean city with a pleasant subtropical seaside climate. It is endowed with educational and cultural institutions supported by the overseas Chinese diaspora. In 2006, Xiamen was ranked as China's second 'most suitable city for living'. (source)

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Thank you Lujun!

Private Swap - Ireland

Fisherman (Brian) was so generous and sent me 9 different map cards from Ireland Naeratus

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Thank you Brian!

Private Swap - Nicaragua

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The colonial-era church, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in El Viejo was built in the 17th century. The church was elevated to the status of national religious sanctuary on October 8, 1995, and was declared a minor basilica on February 7, 2006 by Pope John Paul II, during his second visit to Nicaragua. (source)

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. The country is situated between 11 and 14 degrees north of the Equator in the Northern Hemisphere, which places it entirely within the tropics.

The population in Nicaragua, hovering at approximately 6 million, is multiethnic. Roughly one quarter of the nation's population lives in the capital city, Managua, making Managua the second largest city and metropolitan area in Central America. Nicaragua's biological diversity, warm tropical climate, and active volcanoes make it an increasingly popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. (source)

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Thank you Christhian!

Private Swap - Poland

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Thank you Joanna!

Private Swap - Bulgaria

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Bulgaria is a country in Southeast Europe. With a territory of 110,994 sq. km, Bulgaria ranks as the 15th-largest country in Europe.

The Bulgarian government functions as a parliamentary democracy within a unitary constitutional republic. Its government is a member of the European Union, NATO, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and is a founding state of the OSCE and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. Bulgaria has a high Human Development Index of 0.743, ranking 58th in the world in 2010. (source)

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Thank you Lilia!

Private Swap - Russia

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The flag of Russia is a tricolour flag of three equal horizontal fields, white on the top, blue in the middle and red on the bottom. The modern era flag underwent a slight change in 1993 and has been official since 2000.

The flag of Russia uses the Pan-Slavic colours of red, blue and white. There is no official meaning assigned to the colours in Russian laws. (source)

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Thank you Olya!

Private Swap - Cambodia

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Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world's largest religious building.

The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

The temple is part of the Angkor World Heritage Site, established in 1992. (source)

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Thank you Zarah!

Private Swap - USA

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First Family of the United States – President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia Obama.

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Thank you Katie!