Wednesday, 27 April 2016

324th Tag

Such a cute hand made card, I wouldn't be surprised if there were actually cats large enough to fit into tea pots. From the ABC game :)

Received: 22.04.2016

323rd Tag

Benedictine Abbey Ettal, Bavaria/Germany, founded in 1330 by Emperor Ludwig der Bayer

How picturesque, the view of the mountains look amazing, and so green! Alberta is too brown for my liking lol The abbey is beautiful as well, looks worth the visit to say the least. From the "Postcard from your next journey tag," looks like the thread got deleted though, not surprisingly since people don't go on trips everyday.

Received: 21.04.2016 

322nd Tag

Emily Carr (Canadian, 1871-1945)
Abstract Tree Forms, 1931-1932
Oil on paper, 61.1 x 91.1 cm 

A very interesting piece of Canadian art, certainly true to its name wouldn't you say?

Received: 21.04.2016

CFB Borden, ON

A very nice view of all the territorial and provincial flags. Never thought I would receive a card from a Base but a very historical one at that. CFB Borden is the birthplace of the Canadian Air Force and close to Barrie. The cancel below celebrates its centennial. Thank you Postmaster for sending this card! 

Received: 21.04.2016

Beeton, ON

I didn't think I would have a matching card for this cancel, but indeed there was this one lone bee there. The Postmaster was extremely generous with their cancel, going as far as to send it back in an envelope with express post. Thank you Postmaster!

Received: 20.04.2016

Beachville, ON

An awesome RAS, what an interesting card! As expected of Ikea, the bird is cheerful and the dog is cute :)

Received: 18.04.2016

Such clear cancels, couldn't have asked for anything better!

And it sure is one hell of a drive to Beachville 

173rd DS

From a friend in China, this is pretty cool seeing the Italian movie poster for Totoro. That and looks like I learnt the word for "neighbour" in Italian too :)

Received: 18.04.2016

321st Tag

Z for Zamboni, from the Blind ABC game. I wonder if "zamboni" is a relatively universal word for this machine or not?

Received: 18.04.2016

172nd DS

Germany's most well known and beloved vacation destination
Romantic Street

"Well known" and "beloved" may be an understatement in this case, certainly when one thinks of "Germany" there are a number of things that come to mind and I would say the landmarks of the "Romantic Road" fulfill those expectations. It's great what you can learn from postcards! Romantic Road is a 350 km route going through Bavaria and Baden-W├╝rttemberg, along the route are some of the most picturesque towns and sites that Germany has to offer. 

Received: 18.04.2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016


"Live your life!" is what the Dutch part of the card says, it's very close to English wouldn't you say? And indeed, sometimes you have to push yourself to experience new and exciting things!

Received: 15.04.2016

320th Tag

Diving: "I dive forever into the great ocean, and I do not reach (the end)"

An interesting card from a FB group tag game, I didn't realize that the subtitle at the bottom was in French lol

Received: 15.04.2016


Lanzarote - Montanas del Fuego 

A surprise card from the Canary Islands! For some reason I kept thinking they were their own country but guess today I learned they're apart of Spain. Still would be nice to visit though!

Received: 14.04.2016


An interesting vintage collage, I'm still trying to figure out if the address in the background is from Belgium or not lol

Received: 14.04.2016

319th Tag

Z for Zebra! This time from the "Blind ABC game" though, and of course the age old question appears: are zebras black and white or white and black?

Received: 13.04.2016


Salvador - Bahia - Brazil
Traditional celebration of Senhor do Bonfim

Wow look at all that white, it must be an extremely large and important event that takes place in the sender's hometown of Salvador.

Received: 13.04.2016

I thought this stamp was interesting and did some digging up on it. The stamp shows "Marco Zero" a monument found in Macapa. Macapa is a city on the equator and every equinox, it is possible to see the sun through the hole on top of the Marco Zero. When this happens, it's as though the invisible line of the equator is "visible" for a short period of time.

171st DS

The Trans Murder Monitoring project of Transgender Europe recorded a total of 1933 killings of trans people in 64 countries worldwide from January 1 2008 to September 30 2015.

Transgender Remembrance Day is every November to remember the victims of violence for just being who they really are. Received from my friend in Finland, also in regards to all things Transgender; Transgender Day of Recognition was last month. There were some festivities in the city, the Transgender flag was even flown at City Hall!

Received: 12.04.2016

We meet again spaghetti arms lol 

I need to see some other "Finnish" Nightmares, then again who enjoys small talk anyways?

Family Portrait of the Mozarts
Oil painting by Johann Nepomuk della Croce, Winter 1780/81 (Mozart's birth house)
Maria Anna, Mozart's Sister (1751-1829)
Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)
Anna Maria, Mozart's Mother (1720-1778)
Leopold, Mozart's Father (1719-1787)

Interesting how this is a family portrait with Mozart's mother as a portrait in a portrait XD (I then looked at the year of her death and when this was painted...) 

Another cool shaped stamp! :D 

170th DS

Hurray! A Year of the Monkey card :D Coming from China which makes it even better!

Received: 11.04.2016

Interesting how the printed on stamp doesn't match the front, both designs are cute though :)


A RAS coming from Ontario instead of Florida :) Pelicans are really huge birds, I didn't expect that when I saw one for the first time. They seem so silly but certainly wouldn't want to anger one

Received: 11.04.2016


The Leo Belgicus map of the 17 United Provinces
Map Maker: Peter van den Keere, 1617

What an awesome vintage map! Hard to read but creative nonetheless! If it isn't clear, this is a map of the Netherlands 

Received: 11.04.2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Post in Canada

I went for a walk a few weeks ago and got some photos to have this entry done about mail in Canada.

Seeing as Canada is a very large country, this is more or less based off my experience living in Calgary but I imagine this is fairly similar to other larger cities in Canada. In my city, it's more common to see Post Office kiosks sharing with another business (like below) as opposed to the PO having it's own store. In smaller towns, there is usually only the one PO in it's own place, but sometimes there will be the main office on its own and another PO sharing with a business.

So far it seems that POs generally share with "Shoppers Drug Mart," I have yet to see a Shoppers without one!

This is the closest independent PO to my house, a whole 20 km away! I took this photo on a Sunday, they are open only on weekdays and closed on the weekends and holidays. The same goes for mail service in Canada too, mail throughout the week unless it falls on a holiday.

Here is the traditional post box for outgoing mail only, the boxes were previously a solid red but then were replaced with this model that has an anti-graffiti coating on it. All the numbers and letters represent postal code variations across Canada, the only complete postal code would be: H0H 0H0, the postal code used to write letters to Santa Claus at Christmas time :)

Just to emphasize, that odd mix of letters and numbers really are apart of a Canadian postal code. Especially with my address, I noticed people tend to think my house number is my postal code XD But nope, it will always be in the "letter, number, letter, dash or space, number, letter, number" format. I believe the UK and the Netherlands are the only other places with letters in their postal codes as well. 

This isn't my mailbox but this is the type I have, these superboxes have been around for years and I more or less grew up having only this type of mailbox. It's similar to a system you would find in an apartment complex except that the owners live in individual houses, depending how far you are from your mailbox, most people tend to pick up their mail on the way home in their car because it can be quite a walk sometimes. For example, my friend's mailbox is located around 400-500 m from her house, sure it's not a far walk but it is inconvenient! 

Here is the new set of superboxes, I forgot to mention above that these boxes double not only for people to pick up their mail but to post it as well. The image above has a small slot for outgoing mail while in the image below the slot is in the red rectangle. Both sets of superboxes have a compartment for packages, the owner of the package will find the key in their mailbox to open it, and of course the owner has a key for their own individual mailbox.

These new boxes are in areas that previously had door to door service, meaning your mailbox (not issued by Canada Post) was at your door and of course the mail courier would deliver your mail to your doorstep. With this system the mail courier opens all the boxes at once, places the mail inside, closes them all up again and proceeds to the next set of boxes. Unlike say Germany where the mail person may deliver on bike, mail couriers here use their own personal vehicles for delivery.

Another set of mail boxes that I have encountered while driving around the rural back roads. As I mentioned these are the rural superboxes. It seems to me each resident has their own individual lock on their compartment, how mail is placed in is a bit of a mystery to me though.


Asclepion Theater, Pergamon - Turkey

If I wasn't given a description, I would have thought I would have been looking at an ancient Greek or Roman Amphitheater, which I am but I wouldn't have guessed it was in Turkey though! Just goes to show how far the Roman Empire did extend 

Received: 05.04.2016