Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ethiopia New Country # 217

Well it's another good day . I received another new country for my collection. Ethiopia makes country number 217 . I had a card sent to me from Ethiopia about a year ago but unfortunately it never arrived. So receiving one today is just great. If you read yesterday's update, you remember I mentioned U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, well I have to thank another PCV for this card. Kristen is a PCV in Ethiopia and was able to send this card off to me. She has a blog called Ethiopiwhere?!? outlining her adventures while in the country. It can be found at . Ethiopia is a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the east and Djibouti to the northeast. Its capital is Addis Ababa and the country's population is over 78 million. Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world and Africa's second-most populous. It has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa and is known for its Olympic distance athletes. Kristen commented on her card about the Land of 13 months of Sunshine. Ethiopia boasts 13 Months of Sunshine alluding to its glorious weather and to the ancient Coptic calendar to which it adheres, which has an extra month of 5 or 6 days. Kristen's card shows an artistic rendition of Axum. Axum is a city in Northern Ethiopia and is the most ancient of Ethiopian capitals and the holiest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Kristen used 3 stamps on the card. The one on the left is from 2002 and is 1 of a set of 25 definitives of animals. this one shows a Menelik's Bushbuck, which is an animal endemic of Ethiopia. The other 2 stamps are from a 2005 set of 4 featuring local hair styles. Thanks Kristen, I really appreciate this card from you.

The next card is from England and shows some of the many attractive doors in the East Yorkshire market town of Beverley. The town is around 1300 years old and was founded by Saint John of Beverley. The card is from Nigel Palmer. He is collecting postcards of the world and will auction them off to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Research. If you can , please send a postcard to Nigel Palmer, 53 Neptune Drive , Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO16 4EF, England. If you want more info his email is . Sounds like a good cause to me , I will be sending a card in a day or so. Nigel used a 2009 stamp, 1 of a set of 6 issued for the Age of the Tudors.

Now for another card that will be added to my Airline, Airplane on card collection. It was sent by Postcrosser Anita from Taiwan. The card shows a China Airlines A330-300 , a very nice aircraft indeed.

Another card here is from Brazil. It shows the President Costa e Silva Bridge, commonly called the Rio-Niteroi. Ana who lives in Rio sent this card. She is another Postcrosser. The bridge is 13980 m long and crosses Quanabura Bay. It was started in January 1969 and completed on March 04, 1974. It is a very impressive bridge. The stamp is from a 2007 set of 4 definitives.

The final card is from Belarus. Sent by Kate, it shows Victory Square in Minsk. The Obelisk is a monument to Warriors of the Soviet Army and Partisans killed in the battles for Liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupants. It was established on June 4, 1954. The stamp is from a 2008 set of 5 featuring animals, this one shows a rabbit or hare.

This is my update for today. Cheers.


nnnnnn said...

Glenn, if you see this.. yes that A330-300 is a lovely aircraft..I flew Singapore - Kuala Lumpur on one of the new SQ A330-300s.. brilliant.. I wrote about it on my aviation and aerophilately blog.. which I know you read.. !!!!! ????

will try to get you a postcard next a few weeks

Best wishes............ Michael

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