I received this interesting postcard as the result of a direct swap. It shows a Miao-style house, called Diaojiulou. On the back is says, “The Diaojiao House with Hills behind and River in Front.”
From the web: “The Miao-style Houses are of wood and high above ground. Each has several wood pillars as support. Therefore, it is called “Diaojiaolou” in Chinese. Homes are usually two to four storeys. Upper layer is used to store the provisions; people live in the middle; while fowls are sheltered under the house. An ethnic minority museum was built in this village where some ancient ethnic cultural relics are exhibited. Seen from a distance, the whole village looks like a mirage.” (Check it out at http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/guizhou/kaili/langde.htm — some interesting photos and cultural info there!)
This lovely card comes via a swap. On the back, the sender shared lots of great information!
*Founded in 1411 [Wow!]
*Formal name is The King’s College of Our Lady of St. Nicholas in Cambridge
*Until 1865, was specifically for boys from Eton College
*The building in the middle is King’s College Chapel, an example of late Gothic architecture built in three stages over a period of 100 years (1446 – 1531)
*Inside the chapel is the painting “The Adoration of the Magi” by Rubens
Love this card, and this scene, of a snowy Central Park in New York City. I imagine standing there myself, seeing this exact same view, hands stuffed in my pockets, breath showing in puffs, thinking about all the lives represented by each lit window. I also imagine walking home–perhaps my window is one of those windows?–and then enjoying a warm cup of mint tea or hot chocolate. Ahhhh…. 🙂
A very bright spot in my day yesterday was this official Postcrossing card that arrived in my mailbox from the Ukraine. It appears to be hand-drawn, as I can see the actual pencil marks. (Click on the image for a better, larger view.) The sender doesn’t say anything about the card being her own; I asked when I registered the card but have not yet received a response.
On the back there is a script “L” with what looks to be the word “LANA” underneath. The letter A though does not have the line through the middle, so that it looks more like an upside-down “V.” If anyone knows anything about this card or the artist, please leave a comment!
This card must have come from a swap since it is blank on the back. But it’s one of those cards that amaze me, showing a city I’ve never given much though to, a city filled with many people just like me, living their lives, going shopping, watching TV, working, living, wishing, wanting. The world sometimes seems very big to me — like now.