Cards from Sicilia

My co-workers visited Sicilia and brought me these to great map cards!


Gracias Abel, Fran, Victor y Tani!

Private Swap - Kuwait

A new country for my collection!


Kuwait is a sovereign Arab state situated in the north-east of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. The name Kuwait means "fortress built near water". The country covers an area of 17,820 sq. km and has a population of about 3.5 million.

Kuwait is a constitutional emirate with a parliamentary system of government. Kuwait City serves as the country's political and economic capital. The country has the world's fifth largest oil reserves and petroleum products now account for nearly 95% of export revenues and 80% of government income. (source)


Thank you Aliaa!

Private Swap - Russia


Santa Barbara Church in Kaliningrad, Russia.


Thank you Anastasia!

A card from London meet up!

I’m posting it rather late, but here it comes - a card from 3rd International London meet up (5th May 2012).


Thank you all!

Private Swap - Bonaire

Another new territory for my collection!


Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands, consisting of the Caribbean island of Bonaire and, nestled in its western crescent, the uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire. The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the Caiquetio word 'Bonay'. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its spelling to Bojnaj and also Bonaire, which means "Good Air".

Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles until the country's dissolution on 10 October 2010, when the island (including Klein Bonaire) became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands. (source)


Thank you Pat for adding a new territory for my collection!

Private Swap - Morocco


Another great map card from Morocco!


Thank you Ghayate!

RR #108


Berlin S-Bahn and U-Bahn map.


Thank you Sarah Kristin!

RR #107



Thank you Ewejka!

Private Swap - Dominica

Another new country!


Dominica  is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea. Its size is 750 sq. km and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins(1,447 m).

The Commonwealth of Dominica had a population of 71,293 at the 2011 Census. The capital is Roseau. Dominica became an independent nation on November 3rd 1978. Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), November 3, 1492. (source)


Thank you Gilles!

Private Swap - Kyrgyzstan

A first card with a stamp on it from Kyrgyzstan!


Song Köl is an alpine lake in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan (18x29km wide, 13 meters deep). Its name, meaning "following lake". It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. Its beauty is greatly praised, but it is rather inaccessible. There are no facilities on the lake, but local herders will provide supplies and rent yurts. The area is inhabited and safely accessible only from June to September. (source)


Another great card from Sonya and Travis!

Private Swap - Philippines


Sagada is a municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. Sagada is famous for its "hanging coffins". This is a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized. Not everyone qualified to be buried this way; one had to, among other things, be married and have grandchildren. (source)

Banaue is a municipality in the province of Ifugao, Philippines. It is widely known for the 2000-year old Batad and Bangaan Rice Terraces – UNESCO site. (source)


Thank you Vix!

Private Swap - Curaçao

Another new country for my collection!


The Country of Curaçao, which includes the main island plus the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao ("Little Curaçao"), is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its capital is Willemstad. It has a land area of 444 sq. km. As of 1 January 2009, it had a population of 141,766. (source)


Thank you Pat!

A late birthday postcard!


This elderly Chief’s Lakota name is Wanduta, which means “Red Arrow”. He proudly wears an eagle feather bonnet which is symbolic of his high social and spiritual status. Photo by H.W.Gaud, 1913. (from the card)scan0077

Thank you Nalen!

Private Swap - Qatar

My first card received from Qatar – a new country for my collection!


Qatar is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula.

Qatar has been ruled as an absolute monarchy by Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Formerly a British protectorate noted mainly for pearling, it became independent in 1971, and has become one of the region's wealthiest states due to its enormous oil and natural gas revenues. (source)

The flag of Qatar is maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side.The meaning of Qatar's flag is: the white - the internationally recognized symbol of peace; maroon - the blood shed during the several wars Qatar had undergone; nine-point serrated line - Qatar is the 9th member of the "reconciled Emirates" of the Persian Gulf in the wake of concluding the Qatari-British treaty in 1916.

A popular but fanciful tale referring to the maroon color and the similarity to the red Bahrain flag, is that purple is what becomes of red fading in the Gulf sun. The legend goes that Qatar's flag used to be red, and that a new type of dye was used for the original flags. However after being left in the sun, the color changed to maroon, which was then regarded to be a more beautiful color (by coincidence). That is also why this specific shade of maroon is called "Qatar Red". (source)


Thank you Sonya and Travis! Have a look at their fantastic travel blog!

#327 Russia


Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (1952-) is a Russian politician who has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008 and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012.

A keen practitioner of martial arts, Putin has played a major role in the development of sport in Russia, notably, helping Sochi to win the bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. (source)


Thank you Olga!

#326 Belgium


A map card of Belgian coast.


Thank you Raquel!

#325 Australia


Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.

On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The federation comprises six states and several territories. The population of 22.9 million is heavily concentrated in the Eastern states and is highly urbanized. (source)


Thank you Vikki!

#324 Russia


Bank Bridge is a 25-m-long pedestrian bridge crossing the Griboedov Canal near the former Assignation Bank in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The special popularity of the bridge was gained through angular sculptures of four griffins crowning the abutments. There is a legend still propagated among the citizens that if you rub a griffin’s paw, you will inevitably make a fortune. (source)


Thank you Galina!

#323 Taiwan

A handmade map card from Taiwan:



Thank you Jin-Yue!

#322 USA


Have a look at the blog that Grace writes:


Thank you Grace!

#321 USA


Eva Gonzales (French, 1849-1883). The Peonies and the Beetle, 1871-1872. Oil canvas, 26x35cm.


Thank you Andrea!

#320 Canada


The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.

Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move surprisingly fast if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn can lead to spectacular fights between males competing for the right to mate with a particular female. (source)


Thank you Scott!

#319 Russia

Evgeniya sent me three cards:


Paul I was the Emperor of Russia between 1796 and 1801. He also was the 71st Grand Master of the Order of Malta (de facto). (source)


And what a cute envelope, dedicated to the next Winter Olympics:



Thank you Evgeniya!

#318 Netherlands


Norbert also sent me a newspaper sample from The Netherlands:



Thank you Norbert!