Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another New Country , # 218 Mali

It's another great day for my postcard collection. A card from another new country arrived today. Mali, country # 128 is here. Now , I ask you, how often does one see mail from there ? Not often at all in my opinion. So to get a card from there is just great. Mali is a landlocked nation in Western Africa. It borders Algeria, Niger,Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania. With its capital Bamako, the country has a population of approximately 12,000,000. Legendary Timbuktu is located in Mali. The card shows a child in Dogon country. This area is one of Mali's major tourist attractions. The Dogon are a people living in the central plateau region of Mali, numbering just about 800,000.They are well known for their mask dances. The card was sent, need I say it again, by a U.S Peace Corps Volunteer, Cassie W. Cassie has a blog called On Air In Mali located at www.onairinmali.blogspot.com .Cassie used a stamp from 2003. It shows the Bandiagara Escarpment in the Dogon country of Mali. It rises about 500 meters and has a length of about 150 kilometers. The Escarpment was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1989. Thanks to Cassie for this card.

Another card from Lesotho. They are coming quite often now. I think this is number 3 .
It's from another PCV serving there by the name of Allison. She too has a blog called Allison's African Adventure and you can find it at www.allisonandafrica.blogspot.com . The card shows the Makhaleng Valley. Located in western Lesotho, the valley forms part of the approach to several mountain passes, notably the God Help Me Pass and the Gates of Paradise Pass. The flower stamps are from a 1998 definitive set of 16. Thanks Allison.

The final card is from Guernsey. Guernsey is a British owned Dependency in the English Channel. It is not part of the United Kingdom but rather a separate possession of the Crown. Jannick, a Postcrosser sent this card and used 2 different stamps. The stamp on the left is from 1999 and is 1 of 14 in a set of definitives featuring ships. The other stamp is from 2008 and is one f a set of 6. Thanks Jannick. The view on the card is of Castle Cornet, Guernsey's ancient harbour fortress.

That's 216 countries down and by my count just 48 more left to collect. They are getting harder though. Cheers.

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