Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city of the Maya civilization. It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979. This is my first card from Guatemala. Thanks go to Richie.

Tikal, GuatemalaThe stamps were issued in 2015 to celebrate “Guatemala as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015”. Each stamp features a Quetzal, which is the national bird and currency of the country. They have a face value of 2 Quetzals.

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Cocotaxis at the entrance of Palacio de Artesanía, Havana, Cuba

Cocotaxis are a popular form of transportation in Havana, Cuba. It is a unique experience and you can get a different perspective of everything while riding through the streets. My girlfriend sent me this card on a recent trip we made to Cuba. It was sent from Old Havana. It took almost 2 months to arrive.

Here are some pictures from our trip to Cuba (hosted on Flickr)

Cocotaxis at the entrance of Palacio de Artesanía, Havana, Cuba

The stamp was issued in 2014 to celebrate the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC). It was not postmarked. The stamp has a a value of 25 Cuban Pesos.

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Jaffa, Israel

Jaffa, Israel

Jaffa is a port city in the Tel-Aviv municipality. It is known for its biblical stories. In 636 it was conquered by the Arabs, but in 1100 it was captured after the First Crusade by the Christians. Throughout the rest of the Crusades, the city constantly changed rulers, as the Crusaders and Arabs alternated their power. Thanks to Osnat.

Jaffa Location on Google Maps

Postage Value:  4.20 ISL (Israeli Shekel) = 1.16 USD

Old Jaffa, Isreal

Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia, with over 42 000 inhabitants. It is often referred as the Jerusalem of the Balkans for its many churches. The city is really picturesque and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of the capital Skopje. In 1979 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Thanks Ana!

More information from the UNESCO WHS site.

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Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation. It is shaped as a palm tree and is 5 by 5 kilometers. Construction began in June 2001. The Palm Jumeirah was created by pouring sand fill onto the 10.5 metre-deep seabed using dredgers. Above sea level, 3 metres of the reclamation were achieved by a dredging technique known as “rainbowing”, in which the sand fill was sprayed over the surface of the rising island.

Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

Set of cards from Australia!

Set of cards from Australia!

Australia is a land of wild contrasts and natural enigmas. Clockwise from top left: Flinders Ranges, South Australia; Koala; Heron Island, Queensland. The Flinders Ranges is the largest mountain range in South Australia, its highest peak is St Mary (1170 m). Heron Island a coral cay in the southestern Great Barrier Reef. The island is about 800 meters long and 300 at its widest.

Flinders Ranges, a Koala and Heron Island

Capital cities of Australia

Clockwise from top left:Darwin, Northern Territory; Brisbane, Queensland; Sydney, New South Wales; Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; Melbourne, Victoria; Hobart, Tasmania; Adelaide, South Australia; Perth, Western Australia.

Capital Cities of Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in Australia. It has a population of approx 1.23 million. It was named in honour of  Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV. The city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia.

Adelaide, South Australia

Witchetty grub

The witchetty grub is a term used for the large, white, wood eating larvae of several moths. The term is used mainly when the larvae are being considered as food. It is a staple in the diets of Aboriginal women and children.

Witchetty Grub

Pitjantjatjara aborigene

The Pitjantjatjara are an Aboriginal people of the Central Australian desert. They have, for the most part, given up their nomadic hunting and gathering lifestyle but have retained their language and much of their culture in spite of increasing influences from the broader Australian community. Today, there are still about 4000 living scattered in small communities across their traditional lands.

Pitjantjatjara Aborigene

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The largest island is the eponymous Palau Langkawi with a population of approx 64 800. Langkawi means reddish brown eagle in colloquial Malay. In 1986 the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad decided to transform it into a tourist resort. Only 4 of the 99 islands are inhabited. In 2007, Langkawi island was given a World Geopark status by UNESCO. Langkawi can be reached by air and sea, and it has its own International Airport.