среда, 19 мая 2010 г.

Buenos Aires



This great card came from Ana Leticia. I always wanted a viewcard from Argentina and this one is just perfect for my collection.

London calling



It's always great to receive postcards via official postcrossing from somebody you know thanks to official forum. For example, this card came to me from Andy-Duplevista. Very colorful and cool, Thanks, Andy.

Mainz



This card - from Britta. There are a few landmarks of this town on it.

Passengers:)



Or waiters? Thanks a lot for this card, Maija!

Canada



I've got this card from Marissa. A great one, it's typical for Canadian cards:))

Little Traverse Lighthouse



Thanks Amelia (funny that I have the same nickname on postcrossing, and not just there) for this card!
Little Traverse (Harbor Point) Lighthouse was established in 1884. It is located at the tip of Harbor Point at the entrance to Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Traditional Dutch dish



This card came to me from Marleen. On this card you can see traditional Dutch food is the traditional food served to celebrate the birth of a baby in the Netherlands, Beschuit met muisjes.
Beschuit are similar to rusks but a little softer. In the United Kingdom they are sold as Dutch crisp bakes. They are round, and are prepared by baking a small cylindrical bread, cutting it in half and baking a second time. They are spread with butter (or margarine) and the muisjes (lit. 'little mice') are sprinkled on top. These muisjes are sugared anise seeds. They are sold in a mixture of two colours: White and pink. In 1990 a new mixture was introduced: white and blue, and it has become a custom, but not a universal one, that the latter (blue) are served when a boy is born, and the former (pink) for a girl. When a child is born in to the royal House of Orange, orange muisjes are sold.
he tradition of celebrating a birth with beschuit met muisjes goes back to the 17th century. At that time the muisjes were white for a boy. Later this changed to blue. It was thought that the anise was good for the mother’s milk, that it would ease the contractions in the womb, and that it would drive away evil spirits. The name ‘muisjes’ was derived from their resemblance to the shape of a mouse, with the stem of the anise seed resembling a tail, as well as the fact that the mouse was seen as a fertility symbol. Beschuit met muisjes was originally eaten only by the upper class. The lower classes would celebrate a birth by eating white bread with sugar on top.

The only thing I don't know is what muisjes are.