Summer in Lapland

Don’t let the patch of snow up on the hill confuse you – the printed description on the back of this postcard does indeed say “summertime in Lapland”! *that awkward moment when the shivers go down your back*

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I’m just insanely glad that the weather here in Croatia is getting warmer by the day and that the ridiculous non-stop rain finally stopped. Our spring rarely has any snow (maybe in the high mountain areas, but not here in the city) and there’s no snow what so ever during the summertime. Considering how I could live in some it’s-sunny-and-warm-here-356-days-of-the-year kind of place…. it’s great. ;)

Anyway, I don’t really know much about the postcard other than it’s Finnish and shows nature in Lapland. Lapland is the largest and the northernmost region of Finland. According to the WikiTravel web page, the temperatures in Lapland can plunge down to -50°C/-58°F during the winter and the sun isn’t seen for days during what is known as the polar night. On the other hand, summertime brings what is known as Midnight Sun and temperatures can rise up to 30°C/86°F – although usually they’re somewhere between 10°C/50°F and 20°C/68°F.

Also worth mentioning is that Lapland is considered to be home to Joulupukki or Finnish Santa Claus. And the area is known for its beautiful aurora borealis aka polar light during the wintertime. On my wishlist of things to see with my own eyes for sure, except temperatures of -50°C freak me out, just as the possibility of freezing to death does. :)

Hot air balloons from Germany

Receiving a lovely postcard like this one from Germany reminds me why I enjoy(ed) Postcrossing so much!

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It’s one of the postcards sold by the postsallove.com web site – and I honestly had no clue they had any type of postcards other than those Greetings from… collection. Any day I learn something new is a good day! I’ve been looking through their web site for the last hour and I can pretty much say I WANT THEM ALL. I’m not going to order any because I have way too many blank postcards already and, well, my self control is great… and so on. ;)

Also, stamps! The bunny one is just awesome!

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