Adventures learning geography with two little girls and their mommy, through Google Earth, Postcrossing and Geocaching!

Monday, February 28, 2011

5th Received

Our first postcard from within the US.  This one is from Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, the Kentucky Derby, and the Belle of Louisville.  Thanks to Amy and Ella for the interesting history of your city.  Thanks for teaching us something new today!  You should come to Washington, it is beautiful!

4th Received

From beautiful Finland, with a weather update as well:  -40 C in northern Finland this winter, last summer had highs up to 37.2 C.

Two more arrived!

The postcard US-1011487 to Isaac in United States of America has arrived! It reached its destination in 4 days after traveling 3,390 km!

Isaac wrote you a message:

"Thanks for the awesomely boring postcard! It's great!"

The postcard US-1011488 to Kambodzha in Latvia has arrived! It reached its destination in 9 days after traveling 7,872 km!

Kambodzha wrote you a message:

Thank you for your postcard:)"

14 and 15 out, Finland and China

Today we are mailing out our 14th and 15th cards.
Ilmajoki, Finland:  All I could really find out about this place, is that it is small, and there is a picture of a church but no description.  It looks quaint.
Chaoyang, Beijing, China: Home of the 2008 Olympic Games.  This is the district that hosted the games.  What amazing history in the buildings!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

13th Out, Istanbul, Turkey

I have learned that I'm falling in love with Istanbul!
Istanbul, Turkey - Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople.  It is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents (Europe and Asia), Wow! It is also a "Global City" or "Alpha City" which are cities deemed to be important points in the global economic system (Thanks Wikipedia!).  There are so many beautiful buildings here, one I've long admired is Hagia Sophia.  The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Blue Mosque is pretty spectacular as well.  I remember learning about the famous aqueduct's in middle school history, and the 4th century Valens Aqueduct is in Istanbul.  There is so much to learn and see here.  I think we've found our first place to add to a list for a unit study!!!

11 and 12 Going Out, Latvia and Vermont

Today we are mailing out two postcards.
Riga, Latvia - It is interesting to learn about the old buildings and history.  The Laima Clock, we learned is a famous meeting place.  The Cat House, with it's insulting cat hindquarters built facing the enemies :).  The beautiful Freedom Monument (Milda).
South Burlington, Vermont, USA - South Burlington is on Lake Champlain, and near Lake Placid, New York.  This card is going to a university professor, who requested boring postcards (who knew?) and we are sending a postcard of the Spokane International Airport (GEG).  When I saw this card at the store, I thought, who would want a postcard of the airport??? :)  Now I know.

Taiwan, Portugal, and Netherlands Arrived!

 Hurray! US-1000262 was received!

The postcard US-1000262 to chrisnijdam in Netherlands has arrived! It reached its destination in 10 days after traveling 7,655 km!

chrisnijdam wrote you a message:

"hello mommy and girls, thank you for your card. I read you blogspot, I like it! Maybe you like to see the website of our farm and business?
As you see Holland is a very flat country, I hope you like it.
Greetings from Holland, Chris"

Hurray! US-1001030 was received!

The postcard US-1001030 to florentina in Portugal has arrived! It reached its destination in 8 days after traveling 6,977 km!

florentina wrote you a message:

"Hello from Azores!
Thank you for the beautiful card you sent, i really like it.
Take care"

 Hurray! US-1002139 was received!

The postcard US-1002139 to kelinda1877 in Taiwan has arrived! It reached its destination in 7 days after traveling 10,038 km!

kelinda1877 wrote you a message:

thank you for your card.
And I love the rabbit stamps.
Happy Chinese New Year.
you know the Chinese New Year?
best wishes

3rd Received, Quebec City, Canada

On Thursday we received our third card, this one was from Quebec City, Canada.  We learned that Quebec is the only province in Canada who only speak French.  Wow!  Thanks for the great card of the Chateau Frontenac!  It reminds us of our trip to Waterton National Park and Banff National Park last summer!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2nd Received Tokio, Japan

Today we received our second postcard from the beautiful islands of Japan! 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

1st Card Received!! From Finland

Today we received our first Postcrossing post card.  It is from Finland.  We were very excited to get this in the mail today!

Friday, February 11, 2011

10th - New Taipei

We mailed out our 10th postcard today, to Luzhou City, Taipei County, which changed it's name to New Taipei on December 25, 2010.  (My birthday :) )

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nokia Arrived

Hurray! US-991477 was received!

The postcard US-991477 to Mira70 in Finland has arrived! It reached its destination in 8 days after traveling 7,407 km!
To see the journey of this postcard visit:


"Thank you very much for the postcard of Spokane Runner Statues. It is interesting and fun - I like it! The stamp of polar bear is cute, too. Yes, there is a city of Nokia, where I live. We have 32000 inhabitants. The roots of Nokia Corporation are here, but cellphone manufacturing is not here. We have rubber (foorwear, tires) and paper industries here left.
Have a great day!
Tarita (Mira70), Nokia Finland"


9th - Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal

Today we are mailing out a postcard to Angra do Heroismo, of the Azore Islands, Portugal.  This place looks amazing!  They are a chain of volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean.  We would love to visit!

Yay for Taipei!

Today I got a message that the Taipei postcard was received.  She sent a nice message telling us about the National Theater and Concert Hall, and WOW, it is beautiful!  Thanks for the pointer on where to look for something really neat!

Hurray! US-984670 was received!

The postcard US-984670 to libra1992025 in Taiwan has arrived! It reached its destination in 13 days after traveling 10,044 km!

libra1992025 wrote you a message:

thanks for the beautiful Spokane riverfall and the polar bear stamp.
I love them.
We who live in Taipei think the
Taipei 101 is ugly, but it seems to be a landmark here. btw my favorite building is the National Concert Hall:) it looks like TW-191541, a card I sent before.
have a nice day!
To see the journey of this postcard visit:

Now you will receive a postcard from another random user. Stand-by! :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

7th- Germany, 8th- Netherlands

Two more cards will go out, in tomorrow's post.  We are so excited that so far three that we have sent have been received!
The next to be mailed out are:
Grundau, Germany: Grundau is a small town made up of 7 villages, it is near Frankfurt.  Our Eixenberger relatives are from Germany.
Assen, Netherlands:  Home to the TT Circuit Assen, a famous motorcycle racing circuit.  Assen is also the capital  of the "Cycling Province" with many bicycle paths throughout the city.

Hurray! Brazil

Hurray! US-984685 was received!

The postcard US-984685 to ViktorGuariento in Brazil has arrived! It reached its destination in 13 days after traveling 10,695 km!

ViktorGuariento wrote you a message:

"Thnk You so much
Only one word for the card, wonderful!"

To see the journey of this postcard visit:

Now you will receive a postcard from another random user. Stand-by! :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hurray! Belarus

Hurray! US-984679 was received!

The postcard US-984679 to HalinaM in Belarus has arrived! It reached its destination in 11 days after traveling 8,344 km!

HalinaM wrote you a message:

"Greetings. Many thanks for a card =)"

To see the journey of this postcard visit:

Now you will receive a postcard from another random user. Stand-by! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

6th Card Out; Finland

Today we are mailing out our 6th postcard, and it is to Nokia, Finland.  We learned that the Nokia communications company was founded in Nokia, Finland (which was a huge surprise to me, I assumed Japan or China)  We've owned 5 Nokia phones, and they were all awesome!  Finland looks like it has TONS of water, it will be interesting to look at the surface characteristics a bit more. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mommy and Me Academy: Postcrossing Map January 2011

Sent to:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Taipei, Taiwan
Brest, Belarus
Japeri, Brazil

First Postcard Delivered

Today we woke up to an email saying that our first postcard we mailed has arrived!!

Hurray! US-984647 was received!

The postcard US-984647 to hyyrynen in Netherlands has arrived! It reached its destination in 5 days after traveling 7,730 km!

hyyrynen wrote you a message:

"thank's for your postcard!"
We actually put them in the mail on Saturday, since we missed the mailman on Friday, so it only took 3 days to get there!  That is pretty amazing.  Even more so, is that we didn't know we needed international postage, and only put on the standard 28 cent stamp....
We'll give the other ones a few days to get there, and if they aren't there by next week, we'll resend them with the accurate postage.  Yay for the post office!!!