Thursday, November 26, 2009

South Africa

The last card today comes from South Africa....showing something called an "Informal Settlement"

This informal settlement is also known as the "township" and is said to be a side of South Africa that tourists arent told about. These houses are usually made of tin and usually consist of one room and are very small. And as you can see, its a very crowded settlment as well.
Reminds me a lot of the gypsy settlements we have here, where some are located very near to where I live...ok, many of them are made of stone, but they still dont have the basic conditions for living, and are small and are not protected against the rain or the strong winds...but these settlements here are something that you will have to see, coz wherever you need to go, the chances that you have to pass by one are rather big.

this stamp comes from a set of 4, issued in July this year, in a series called Gemstones of South Africa, and here is the characteristic about these stamps is their Airmail Postcard Rate...

thanks everyone for still reading and dropping by!


Gem from Calgary said...

Hi Ana, Glad to see you back. I like this shantytown card from South Africa. Makes me appreciate what I got. As they say, there but for the grace of God, go I.
Take care.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my site!
Are you going to submit a postcard for the December Festival which has the theme; WHITE?
Evelyn in Montreal