| Minsk (Belarus)
Yulia sent us this postcard of the National Library in Minsk, which is in the capital of Belarus. What a huge library - and very contemporary-looking, too! Yulia mentioned that she had gone on a vacation to Spain, which she liked, and since she is a big fan of traveling, she hopes to go to England, the USA, Italy, and France sometime. That's a good bucket list!
Cat In a Fridge (Russia)
Kind of unorthodox, but definitely cute and funny, this postcard came from Irina, a 19 year-old student studying in medical school. She told us about her city - St. Petersburg - and how it's always overcast an raining. Besides having only a few sunny days per year, Irina loves the city for its comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. Thank you for the cool postcard, and for telling us about your city, Irina!
Lofoten Islands (Norway)
Siggi sent us a postcard of the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago situated in the northernmost regions of Germany. It is famed for its beaches, mountains, and untouched lands. However, Siggi is not from Norway, but France! She also lived in the USA for a few years and liked the San Francisco 49ers. Thank you for the postcard, Siggi! It's really cool.
Braunschweig is a city in Lower Saxony, and maybe the name rings a bell. That's because it's pretty well-known for its variety of sausages. Lothar, who sent us this postcard, enjoys astronomy, motorcycles, sports, and traveling often. About life, he says: "believe me, life is beautiful, enjoy it". Thank you for this interesting card, Lothar!
Blue Titmouse (Estonia)
Tuuli sent a card of the blue titmouse, a bird native to Eurasia. Doesn't it look pretty in the winter foliage? One of her favorite quotes is from a movie called Peaceful Warrior: 'Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses". In a way, that's very true! Thank you for sharing, Tuuli!
| "Silence" (Russia)
This postcard from Kristina was perfect for us, since we both prefer silence over loud noises! The colors are really pretty, too. Apparently, there has been a huge heat wave in her town, possibly due to the meteor that crashed nearby in 2013. Yikes; that seems like a reasonable explanation. On our Postcrossing page, one of the things we wanted to hear from senders was their worst vacation experience. Kristina's was when she tried rum in Egypt.
Thank you for sending the cool card, Kristina!
Donbass Arena (Ukraine)
Donbass Arena is a stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine that is home to the team FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Oleysa wrote to us that she used to live in this city until the Russians invaded. Turns out that the stadium was damaged during the attack. This card was really surprising to us, and also special because it has a story to it. Thank you for the postcard, Olesya, and for writing.
Allianz Arena and Oberbayern
We swapped cards with Sophie, who in return sent us a card of Allianz Arena and her hometown of Oberbayern. Allianz Arena is in Munich, and is home of the team FC Bayern Munchen - Sophie's favorite team. It also hosted the 2006 World Cup. She had been to the stadium before and said that it was a lot of fun (looks like it!). The card also displays a photo of the cathedral of Our Dear Lady, 'Marienplatz', and town hall, also in Munich. On the card of Oberbayern, you can see famous areas of the city: the bridge over the Isar River with the city in the background; the historic market; the kalvavarienberg; city museum, and spa house. Sophie is a huge Hunger Games fan, and recommended the movies and books. And of course, her favorite actress is Jennifer Lawrence!
Thanks for swapping, Sophie!
Russian Symbols (Russia)
This postcard is of two popular "symbols" in Russia: a samovar (a decorated tea urn) and cakes (which look similar to donuts). Irina enjoys reading, and her favorite authors are Sarah Jio (The Violets of March), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) and Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace; Anna Karenina). Thank you Irina!