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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Summary

March Postcrossing Map

Received from (14):

Kapelle, Netherlands
Liuzhou, China
St. Petersburg, Russia
Rietavas, Lithuania
Taipei, Taiwan
Jaslo, Poland
Turnhout, Belgium
Ontario, Canada
Heping, China
Minsk, Belarus
Oulu, Finland
St. Petersburg, Russia
Vilnius, Lithuania
Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland

Sent to (13):

Minsk, Belarus
Munster, Germany
Ontario, Canada
Koln, Germany
Halsteren, Netherlands
Kostroma, Russia
Lohja, Finland
Cingoli, Italy
Koscion, Poland
Xinzhuang City, Taiwan
Prienai, Lithuania
Trith-Saint-Leger, France
Almere, Netherlands

19th Received, Poland

This card came to us from Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland.  The picture on the card is from Bielasko-Biala.  Dabrowa Gornicza is part of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union a large city of over 2 million people. 

28th Out, Almere Netherlands

Our 28th card that we are mailing is going to Almere, Netherlands.  Almere is the youngest city in The Netherlands.  It was established in 1984.

18th Received, Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is the capital city of Lithuania and looks like a beautiful city.  I like the look of the older buildings.  The old town has about 40 museums, lots of churches, and many monuments. 

17th Received, St. Petersburg, Russia

We've received our second postcard from St. Petersburg, Russia.  There must be a lot of postcrossers in St. Petersburg, because we've also sent a card there!
This card shows the Russian Museum.

16th Received, Finland

This card came to us from Oulu, Finland.  Oulu is in north Finland wiht a population of about 130,000.

This is the second card we have gotten from Suomi, Finland.

15th Received, Minsk, Belarus

Today we got FIVE postcards in the mail, the first one was from Minsk, Belarus.  We have sent a postcard to Minsk.
This postcard is of the National Library of Belarus in the evening.  The building was opened June 16, 2006.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Russia Arrived

Hurray! US-1039932 was received!

The postcard US-1039932 to Svetlana-Menkova in Russia has arrived! It reached its destination in 17 days after traveling 8,147 km!

Svetlana-Menkova wrote you a message:

"Hello!!! Your card for me is very-very beautiful!!! Thank you! Wish you nice day with many smails for you and warm spring!
Now it's very cold here in Kostroma, where I live(-3C). I'm waiting for warm days! :)
All the best to you!

Monday, March 28, 2011

14th Received, China

This card came to us from Heping, China.  On this card, Dolly, wrote out United States, postcard, and stamp in Chinese.  We'll have to try our hand at these new words :).

Comment on a Post

I was so excited to open my email the other day and have a comment on one of my blog entries.  Thanks to Sirpa for finding my entry about the card we mailed to you, and your comments!  So you don't have to go looking for the comment, I'll post it here:

Greetings from Lohja, Finland! We really have a large and beautiful Lake LohjanjÀrvi here. Today I walked on the ice there, sun was shining, temperature about +1 C, I enjoyed it very much: I saw skiers, ice fishers, snowmobile drivers and a horse with a sledge there :)
I´ve visited the Tytyri mine museum many times and it´s really worth seeing!
All the best to your homeschooling project
Sirpa (siik)

What a wonderful surprise!  We love learning more about each of the places that we send or receive cards from.  Thanks again!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

25th, 26th, and 27th Out, Taiwan, Lithuania, and France

The 25th postcard that we are mailing is going to Xinzhuang City, Taiwan.  Xinzhuang City was incorporated into the New Taipei on December 25th, 2010.  We've sent another card to a city that was incorporated at the same time.  The Shifen waterfall is nearby and is VERY beautiful!

Our 26th card is going to Prienai, Lithuania.  Prienai is located along the Neman River.  The city was first documented in 1502 and was granted city rights in 1609.

The 27th card is going out to Trith-Saint-Leger, France.  Trith-Saint-Leger is a commune in the Nord.  The Nord was founded during the french revolution on March 4, 1790.

23rd and 24th Out, Italy and Poland

Our 23rd card is going out today, and it is to Cingoli, Italy.  Cingoli is the birthplace of Pope Pius VIII.  The city is located at the site of the ancient Cigulum, founded and fortified buy Julius Caesar's lieutenant Titus Labienus in 63 BC, and probably the site of an even older village!  WOW!

The 24th card is going to Koscion, Poland.  Koscion is on the Obra river canal in west central Poland.  I couldn't find very much information about Koscion, but I did find a picture of a miniature statue of the leaning tower of Pisa.

Finland Arrived!

Hurray! US-1043182 was received!

The postcard US-1043182 to siik in Finland has arrived! It reached its destination in 8 days after traveling 7,544 km!

siik wrote you a message:

Thanks for beautiful postcard :)
All the best

13th Received, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Monday we received a postcard from beautiful Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
It sounds as if this park has everything, even a petting zoo and mini-golf!  If we ever make it to Brampton, we'll have to plan a day at the park!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Belarus Arrived

Hurray! US-1024342 was received!

The postcard US-1024342 to ALira in Belarus has arrived! It reached its destination in 21 days after traveling 8,272 km!

ALira wrote you a message:

"Hello from Minsk!
Thank you a lot for the great card with a night view. It is magic, like a castle.:) And even resemble one of the churches we have in Belarus. And we have many of them.:)
Have a great day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Germany and Netherlands Arrived!

Hurray! US-1036221 was received!

The postcard US-1036221 to schnicki in Germany has arrived! It reached its destination in 7 days after traveling 7,857 km!

schnicki wrote you a message:

thank you for the beautiful card.
Have a nice day and happy postcrossing,
Susanne from Germany"

Hurray! US-1036222 was received!

The postcard US-1036222 to bakgo in Netherlands has arrived! It reached its destination in 8 days after traveling 7,695 km!

bakgo wrote you a message:

many thx for the cool postcard about Olympia Washington,
greetings from Erik"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

12th Received, Belgium

Today we received a card from Turnhout, Belgium.
It was the first card that Sacha wrote, and she wrote some random fun things about Belgium. The country is on the verge of breaking the world record of "government formation", the country where fries with a huge pint of beer is teh national dish, a tiny country with three official languages (Dutch, French, and German), the country where chocolate addiction is the most common addiction...
Thanks Sacha for the interesting tidbits!

21th and 22nd Out, Russia and Finland

Today we mailed out cards to Kostroma, Russia and Lohja, Finland.

Kostroma, Russia- is a historic city in Russia, and part of the Golden Ring.
Lohja, Finland- The city has an area of 170 square miles of which 35 square miles are underwater!  The Tytyi limestone mine has a museum that is located 100 meters below the surface.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

11th Received, Jaslo, Poland

This card came to us from Jaslo, Poland.  Jaslo is a county town in south-eastern Poland.  Saint Anthony of Padua is the Patron Saint of Jaslo.

10th Received, Taipei, Taiwan

Our 10th card came from Taipei, Taiwan.  This card is a picture of Yuan-Yuan, a giant Panda in teh Taipei Zoo.

19th and 20th out, Germany and Netherlands

Our 19th postcard went to Koln, Germany.  More frequently known as Cologne.  The city was founded in 38 BC!
The 20th postcard is going to Halsteren, Netherlands which is a city that is part of the municipality of Bergen op Zoom.  Bergen op Zoom became a city in approximately 1266.

9th Received, Rietavas, Lithuania

Rietavas is located on the Jura River.  Rietavas had the first power station in Lithuania to produce electricity in 1892, and also had the first Lithuanian telephone line.

8th Received, St. Petersburg, Russia

Though originally names St. Petersburg, the city changed it's name to Petrograd in 1914, in 1924 the name was changed to Leningrad, and then in 1991, it was changed back to St. Petersburg.

Finland, Germany, Canada, and China have arrived!

Hurray! US-1017533 was received!

The postcard US-1017533 to Annsanak in Finland has arrived! It reached its destination in 14 days after traveling 7,261 km

Hurray! US-1028397 was received!

The postcard US-1028397 to Strubbellena in Germany has arrived! It reached its destination in 6 days after traveling 7,792 km!

Strubbellena wrote you a message:

thanks for your great card from Spokane.
I like it.
Have a nice day,

Hurray! US-1025959 was received!

The postcard US-1025959 to carmel_5109 in Canada has arrived! It reached its destination in 11 days after traveling 2,994 km!

carmel_5109 wrote you a message:

"Thank you for the postcard :) I would never have thought to see the purple in this card *L* Now I will have to look back over ALL my cards and view them with a new set of eyes :) Thank you for that purspective.
Happy Postcrossing !!

Hurray! US-1022817 was received!

The postcard US-1022817 to MsJoanna_jiajia in China has arrived! It reached its destination in 15 days after traveling 8,944 km

"Hello, I'm Joanna!Very happy for receiving ur postcard!Spokane is a beautiful place!I hope I can have a trip there!"

7th Received, Liuzhau, China

Liuzhou is in southern China.  The city was founded in 111 BC when it was known as Tanzhong.
The area is characterized by karst topography (limestone bedrock that through selective dissolution, has formed caves, caverns, and sinkhole topography).  I did not have to look this up :).  I am a geologist, lol.

6th Received, Zeeland, Netherlands

We received this postcard from Biezelinge, Netherlands.  Biezelinge is a village in the Dutch Kapelle, province of Zeeland.  They enjoy eating mussels and other seafoods.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

17th and 18th out, Ontario, Canada and Munster, Germany

Today we are sending two postcards.

Courtice, Ontario, Canada:  Ontario has Ottawa, the countries capital.  Courtice has a park, Darlington Provincial Park just outside of the city.

Munster, Germany:  They have a beautiful Tiergarten very near to where they live.

Germany arrived!

Hurray! US-998041 was received!

The postcard US-998041 to Steph_N in Germany has arrived! It reached its destination in 23 days after traveling 8,010 km!

Steph_N wrote you a message:

Thanks a million for your postcard!
I hope you'll get the chance to visit your family over here one day!
Happy Postcrossing!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February Summary

February Stats~ 5 received, 10 sent
Received from:

Sent to:
Nokia, Finland
New Taipei, Taiwan
Angra Do Heroismo, Azores Islands, Portugal
Assen, Netherlands
Vermont, USA
Riga, Latvia
Istanbul, Turkey
Grundau, Germany
Ilmajoki, Finland
Beijing, China

Turkey Arrived

Hurray! US-1012567 was received!

The postcard US-1012567 to VitaminiSuyunda in Turkey has arrived! It reached its destination in 10 days after traveling 9,636 km!

VitaminiSuyunda wrote you a message:

Thank you very much for this postcard, liked your nice stamps too :) take care, say hi to your daughters!"

16th Minsk, Belarus

Our 16th card to send out is to Minsk, Belarus.  We learned that there are many beautiful churches in Minsk, including the Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Church of St. Mary Magdelene, and many others.

St. Petersburg Arrived

Hurray! US-984659 was received!

The postcard US-984659 to Elyanora in Russia has arrived! It reached its destination in 32 days after traveling 7,722 km!

Elyanora wrote you a message:

"Hello!Thank you very much for such a beautiful and elegant card. It's so cute that I'm the first to whom you're sending a postcard. I hope you'll get wonderful cards and your kids will like everything :) WITH BEST WISHES :)"

**This was the first card that we mailed out, so it is exciting that it finally got there, it took 32 days!