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. :)

Poland, Slovakia & Croatia

Three postcards straight from my mailbox!

The first one is from my friend Thea, who sent me this nice green postcard from her area, Jastrebarsko, Croatia. Kind of a nice postcard, makes me think of sunny (and warm) days!

The second postcard comes from Slovakia, from a town called Bardejov. It was a swap with Ivana.  This postcard is showing Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve, one of Slovakia’s UNESCO sites. Bardejov is a small but exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a fortified medieval town, which typifies the urbanisation in this region. Among other remarkable features, it also contains a small Jewish quarter around a fine 18th-century synagogue.

The third postcard comes from Poland, and is showing the main town hall in Gdańsk. Thank you Martyna, I really like thi spostcard! :)

I’m off to see if I have anything to post on my other blog now. It’s always somewhere in the back of my mind… but I so rarely do something there. :-/

USA, New Zealand & Australia

I’ve been so lazy lately, I haven’t made an update here in so long. Or should I say, “I’ve been so busy lately writing my thesis”… but why lie. :D Here are some of the postcards I got.

Sacramento, USA – I like interesting night views! This postcard is showing the Tower Bridge, which is one of Sacramento’s landmarks. It was comopleted in 1935 and spans the Sacramento River. The Bridge’s towers are over 160 feet high.

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The second postcard is from Brisbane, Australia. My pal Janelle went there and she sent me this postcard. It’s a nice multiview showing different locations / views of the city. I like it a lot.

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All of the following postcards are also from Janelle. :) This one is showing Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland, NZ.

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And the last one, showing One Tree Hill, New Zealand. It’s an extinct volcanic hill, sount of Auckland City. [btw. One Tree Hill, you know the US  series?? I used to watch it all the time… not so much anymore.]

Washington, USA

These two postcards also belong into “My Favorites” group, as I just really really love this kind of postcards. Aren’t they beautiful?? They are both showing the natural beauties of Washington state, USA.

This one is showing the setting sun at Second Beach on the Washington Coast (also a part of Olympic National Park).

The second one is showing the fog over Tatoosh Mountains.