To be quite frank, I had barely heard of Kyrgyzstan before my friend Nick from Concrete and Kitsch traveled there this summer. Nick and his husband David have a passion for traveling to eccentric, off-the-beaten path locations, and Kyrgyzstan is about as off-the-beaten-path as you can get! I didn’t know anything about the country until I received this fab postcard, read Nick’s recent blog posts, and started doing some research on my own. This postcard from Bishkek, the capital, is definitely one of the highlights of my entire collection! I have a feeling it will be a very long time before I receive another postcard from Kyrgyzstan. Thank you Nick and David!
I’m not exactly sure when or where or how my mild obsession with former Yugoslavia began. Several years ago we were planning a trip to Europe and had a few gaps to fill. In addition to Croatia, we decided to go to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, despite not knowing much about them. Kosovo wasn’t even on my radar at the time.
Another rarity in my collection – the only postcard from Syria. Pictured on the front is the Tartous-Amrit Temple, Phoenician ruins dating from the third millennium B.C.
Unfortunately it was mailed from Canada, so I don’t have any Syrian stamps on the back. But perhaps if it were mailed from Syria, I never would have received it at all.
LAS VEGAS, NV 89018
08 JAN 1997
… the saga continues… somewhere in Nevada…
“Miss, miss, wake up” A voice said, coming from a place far, far away. Kathleen opened her eyes. The plane was completely empty, except for herself.
“We are now in Vegas.” Kathleen closed her eyes for one more moment – to say a silent prayer that thanked God profusely.
Kathleen stepped out of the airport and into the hot Nevada sun. Cacti, palm trees + other vegetation unknown to her filled her view. “This,” she thought “I can handle!” Being that it was sub sub zero back home. Suddenly, as if from nowhere, a man tapped her on the back. She turned around, startled, to see who stood before her….. stay tuned.
Today would have been my mom Kathleen’s 53rd birthday. David Bowie died yesterday. As I thought about her today, the memory of this postcard appeared in my brain from the recesses of my memory. She loved writing and inspired me to do so. How clever, to write a story on the back of a postcard, rather than the usual, the mundane. Wish you were here, the weather is great! The card was postmarked on January 8, David Bowie’s birthday. The now-demolished (Ziggy) Stardust hotel is on the front.
Thanks, Mom. I’ll keep looking for Parts One and Three.
This is the only postcard in my collection from Haiti. It was given to me in 2008 by my friend Mike, who had visited in 2001. He travels more than anyone I know, and we have had an ongoing postcard exchange for years and years. After my first post being a card from my hometown, my second postcard could only be a card from Mike.
I’m coming at you live from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, so I only thought it fitting for the first postcard I share to be from my hometown. This was sent to me in 2008 by a friend who picked it up at one of the local antique malls.
The back of the card reads, “Molson’s Edmonton House was constructed as a tribute to the City of Edmonton and its pioneers. The building was officially open in 1961 on the 175th anniversary of Molson’s and is located on the grounds of Molson’s Edmonton Brewery Limited at 12040-104 Avenue.”
Unfortunately, the brewery closed in 2007. The brewery building still stands, while Edmonton House has been dismantled. There are plans to reassemble it at another location but it hasn’t happened to date.