№ 2022-121/5 -- November 7, 2022 № 2022-122/5 -- November 7, 2022 № 2022-123/5 -- November 7, 2022 In Russia, New Year is a a much bigger holiday than Christmas. Since Christmas in Russia falls on January 7, most people work until December 30 without any particular interruptions, except for New Year corporate parties – … Continue reading Happy New Year 2023: Russia
Postcrossing Topical Catalogue 2011-2022
Welcome to my updated catalogue of Postcrossing-themed stamps, issued between 2011 and the present 2022. This covers mainly those stamps officially released by postal administrations around the world. There are also a number of personalized stamps on this topic, some official but most privately created as well as a large variety of pictorial cancellations and … Continue reading Postcrossing Topical Catalogue 2011-2022
More Outgoing Postcards
I just sent three more Postcrossing cards so that I have my maximum currently-allowed seven postcards travelling. Sent Card #23 will be sent to Riga, Latvia (8,321km); #24 to Saint Petersburg, Russia (8,038km); and #25 goes to Wiener Neustadt (8,773km), a small town about 50km outside of Vienna, Austria. Two of the cards are being … Continue reading More Outgoing Postcards
Identity Crisis and Family History
Lately, I've been experiencing somewhat of an identity crisis. You see, I was adopted within a month of my birth in December 1965. I no longer have copies of the adoption papers or my birth certificate (and the latter is turning out to be as difficult to obtain as the former). I have never made … Continue reading Identity Crisis and Family History
Postcrossing: Received Card #12!
The Postcrossing cards are now coming in fast and furious, which is nice because the site is approaching its 20,000,000th registered postcard. I’ve entered my prediction for when that card will be registered in an effort to win some nice prizes: 12:05 UTC on 4 November 2013. Today’s card, #RU-206961, came from Moscow. I’ve received … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Card #12!
Postcrossing: Received Cards #6 and #7
Yesterday, I received two Postcrossing cards -- the first time that's happened since I've rejoined. Each of these travelled for less than three weeks so that's a bit of an improvement. Both were sent undercover in envelopes. That doesn't seem to have any effect on the speed of transit. Oh, well... The first envelope actually … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Cards #6 and #7
Postcrossing: Received Card #3!
Returning home late last night soaked from a thundershower that let loose mere steps from the front door of my guesthouse, I was heartened to be handed TWO pieces of mail -- the new issue of USA Philatelic (the quarterly mail order catalogue published by the United States Postal Service) and a small brown envelope … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Card #3!
Postcrossing: Sent Cards 4 and 5!
All five of my Postcrossing cards that I sent on 29 July have now safe and sound in Russia. I didn't receive the notification emails until today (something wrong with Gmail lately...) and neither member scanned the cards when they registered them so I'll just report on distances and comments. First up was another card sent to Moscow -- 7,484 km … Continue reading Postcrossing: Sent Cards 4 and 5!
Postcrossing: Received Card #1 (Japan) and Sent Cards 2 and 3!
A very active Postcrossing day as I received my first card last night (from Japan) and today I found out that two more I’d sent have arrived safe and sound in Russia. I’d taught a lesson at ECC last night and didn’t return home until after 10:00 PM. As I walked into the guesthouse lobby, … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Card #1 (Japan) and Sent Cards 2 and 3!
Postcrossing: TH-141628 to Russia
I just found out that one of the postcards in my first batch of Postcrossing cards has arrived safely in Russia. It only took fifteen days to travel the 6,602 kilometers (4,102 miles) to Nalchik, the capital city of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. No, I’d never heard of this place before… The card I sent Victoria … Continue reading Postcrossing: TH-141628 to Russia