Well, I am trying another update again today. I hope I have better luck that I did with my last. I was never able to upload the images of the cards, stamps and cover for the last update. Hopefully, today works out better.
I received a card from a new country in my collection of stamped and mailed postcards. It is from Kazakhstan and is the 209th . It was sent by Jo who lives in Almaty. Kazakhstan is located in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It is the 9th largest country in the world as well as the largest landlocked country. It borders Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China. Kazakhstan became independent on Dec 16, 1991, the last Soviet republic to do so. Its capital is Astana, but the largest city is Almaty. The card shows Ustyurt, a desert plateau that is half in Kazakhstan and half in Uzbekistan. It is roughly 200,000 sq km with an average elevation of 150 meters. The stamp that Jo used is from 1993 and features President Nasarbajew.
The second card for today is from Germany. It was sent by Steff, a Postcrosser. It shows a building in the town of Bad Schwalbach, which is about 20 km NW of Wiesbaden. It is between 289 and 465 m above sea level in the Taunus mountain range. Steff used 2 stamps, the one on the left, I have written about before and the one on the right, was issued this year, 2008. It shows a painting by Carl Spitzweg,1808-1885. He was a German painter and poet.