Saturday, December 5, 2009

Macedonia

A card that feels really special to me, and which is one of the Macedonian cards i REALLY like...coz in general, i dont think we have some magnificent choice of postcards here....and there is a story behind this card as well...which is about to follow below...


I bought this postcard not so long ago at a store here which started selling this series of postcards...they differ quite a lot to all the Macedonian postcards I have seen before...in design, quality, places they depict...and of course, price :) But i just cant resist buying some of them, so in case you have or will receive a card from this 'Macedonia' series from me, it means i consider you special ;)
As for this card, the moment i saw it i knew i had to get it, for myself...not because the image is just beautiful, but because it is also railway related..and gives so much to think about...
Anyways, the more i kept looking at this card, the more i felt something was being incomplete about it....and then it dawned on me...it was blank....probably at this moment you might be having an assumption how i solved it..so yeah, since i was having the right stamps at home, i did what i probably never really thought i would do, and i wrote and addressed the card to myself...I mean, i do send cards to myself when i go away, and thats not really odd...but to send a card to yourself from your own town...now i know thats a bit...ok, that it is VERY awkward and probably crazy to a certain extent...but i just couldnt resist it...and either way, i dont actually have many written and stamped Macedonian postcards...only a few actually, and since i developed this philatelic interest to a great level, means that im also interested in having written and stamped and CANCELLED cards from my own country as well...so i had to help myself, no? :P
well...here comes the *fun* part....i mailed the card on 28th November....thats last Saturday....at a post office thats like 40 minutes walk from my house...and wanna take a guess when did the card arrive??? YESTERDAY!!! 4th December!!! 6 days!!! Amazing 6 days it took this card to arrive to me sent from Skopje to Skopje!! It would have literally arrived faster if someone from the postal service walked from there....im still astonished about this...so if a card takes 6 days to arrive sent from my own city, then how can i possibly have faith in our postal service about all those internationally sent cards! I wrote about this on the forum, and there was this comment which said "its good that they havent sent it via Indonesia" :D :D :D :D

So yeah, there you go...thats my adventure with our postal service....though honestly, i think im gonna keep doing this in the future as well, coz otherwise i dont stand much of a chance to receive a written and stamped Macedonian postcard...call me crazy :)

I also love it what the image represents....the road to nowhere...or the road to the unknown....the rail just goes into the distance until a point where you cant follow it anymore...you dont know whether its gonna turn right or left, or if it goes beyond those mountains...you just cant tell whats ahead of you, until you actually get to the point...just like life is....though this calm atmosphere is one which gives hope along the winding-life-roads...





and here are the two stamps i used...the one on the right is from a set of two stamps issued in 1996 under the subject of  "Children - joy of the world". The other one is from 2006, from a set of 6 definitives which depict traditional copper ware from the 18th-19th century...and this in particular shows a šamdan. Whats its name in English, i honestly have no idea...

3 comments:

dmarks said...

I used to have a book on Macedonia, and from that book got the impression it was hilly and mountainous.

I did not think of it as having Kansas-like flatlands. Now I know.

Anastasia said...

What a great card!! Love it!
I think I received a card from this series. thanks dear :)

this story doesn't shock me, as in Moscow it's the same..sometimes I send cards within Moscow, it takes about a week too. I guess most of time is spent on processing and sorting mails.

Ana said...

oh yes you have received such a card...two actually :P and you are more than welcome :)

btw, i can somehow understand if it takes a week for mail to arrive within Moscow...in size its incomparable to Skopje...so everything just takes longer there...