Friday, January 23, 2015

Architecture of Belarus

We received this postcard yesterday from Marina in Belarus.  We'd mentioned on our profile that one of the things we were interested in was the architecture of the different countries.  This postcard shares six great examples.  According to the back of the card, the top right is St Barbara's Church in Viciebsk; the right center is the Town Hall of Mahillou; the bottom right is the Palace and Park Ensemble in Homiel; the bottom left is the Kosava Castle; the top left is the Mir Castle Complex; and the one kind of in the middle of them all is the Architectural, Residential, and Cultural Complex of the Radzivils in Niasviz.  What great examples of the architecture in Belarus!

It is the latest arrival from Postcrossing, the postcard swapping program my family and I have been enjoying for over 5 years now.  I know I've shared nearly all of my postcards, but I recently had someone, who hadn't read the explanation of how we were getting so many wonderful postcards, ask me about what Postcrossing is.  Postcrossing is a site that is very easy to use and can be fun for one person or for an entire family.  You sign up on the site to send and receive postcards all over the world.  You request an address (or a few addresses - you will have a limit that will rise the more involved in the site you become).  For each address you request, you will receive information about the person you are sending to, his/her address, and an ID to put on the postcard.  Once your recipient receives the postcard, he/she will use the ID to register on the Postcrossing site that the postcard was received.  Your address is then put into the system to receive a postcard.  The postcard you receive will not be from the person you sent it to, though you can also choose to do direct swaps (through private messages) in addition to sending and receiving cards through the Postcrossing system.  It's a fun way to learn more about other areas, and it is always a surprise as to where your next postcard will be sent from.  And who doesn't appreciate getting something other than bills and junk in the mail?

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