26 September 2016

#1159 Estonia - Belarus - Azerbaijan - Serbia - Italy

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Sent from Estonia to Belarus: May 17, 2016
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Received from Italy: September 26, 2016

#1158 Estonia - Russia - Belarus - Kazakhstan - the Netherlands

The Estonian Song Festival (in Estonian: Laulupidu) is one of the largest amateur choral events in the world, a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is held every five years in July on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak) simultaneously with the Estonian Dance Festival. The joint choir has comprised more than 30,000 singers performing to an audience of 80,000.

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Sent from Estonia to Russia: July 5, 2016
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From Belarus to Kazakhstan: August 16, 2016
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Received from the Netherlands: September 26, 2016

24 September 2016

#1157 Iran

The Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (Persianمسجد نصیر الملک‎‎ Masjed-e Nasir-ol-Molk), also known as the Pink Mosque, is a traditional mosque in ShirazIran. It is located at the district of Gowad-e-Arabān, near Shāh Chérāgh Mosque.

The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade, and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kāse ("five concaved") design. It is named in popular culture as the Pink Mosque, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design.

The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Endowment Foundation of Nasir ol Molk. It was built from 1876 to 1888, by the order of Mirzā Hasan Ali (Nasir ol Molk), a Qajar ruler. The designers were Mohammad Hasan-e-Memār, an Iranian architect, and Mohammad Rezā Kāshi-Sāz-e-Širāzi.

Thank you, Latif!

Received on: September 23, 2016

#1156 Boston, USA | US-4173121

The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is a medium-sized bear native to North America.

It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food. The American black bear is the world's most common bear species.

It is listed by the IUCN as a "least concern" species, due to its widespread distribution and a large global population estimated to be twice that of all other bear species combined. Along with the brown bear, it is one of only two of the eight modern bear species not considered globally threatened with extinction by the IUCN. American black bears often mark trees using their teeth and claws as a form of communication with other bears, a behavior common to many species of bears.

Date of Issue: February 22, 2016 - Global: the Moon

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Received on: September 22, 2016
Travel time: 45 days
Distance: 6468 km

#1155 Estonia - Poland - New Zealand - Macau - Hong Kong

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Sent from Estonia to Poland: August 1, 2016
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From Macau to Hong Kong: September 5, 2016
From Hong Kong to Estonia: September 13, 2016
Received from Hong Kong: September 20, 2016

15 September 2016

#1154 Tallinn, Estonia

The national flag of Estonia (EstonianEesti lipp) is a tricolour featuring three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), black, and white. The normal size is 105 × 165 cm. In Estonian it is colloquially called the "sinimustvalge" (literally "blue-black-white"), after the colours of the bands.

There are a number of interpretations attributed to the colours of the flag. A historical interpretation of the colours has blue representing ancient freedom, truth, sky and sea, black symbolizing soil, lost independence and dark coats, and white, the promise and pursuit of a brighter future.

Another interpretation made popular by the poetry of Martin Lipp is as follows:
  • blue: vaulted blue sky above the native land;
  • black: attachment to the soil of the homeland as well as the fate of Estonians – for centuries black with worries;
  • white: purity, hard work, and commitment

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Sent on: September 9, 2016
Received on: September 12, 2016

#1153 Estonia - USA - Vietnam - China

Sangaste Castle is one of the 21 Southern Estonian places worth discovering that are marked with a yellow National Geographic window; if you are interested in culture and history, it is definitely worth a visit.

Sangaste castle and park were fashioned after the famous Windsor castle in England. The magnificent halls, architecture and history of the castle make this a good place for a big wedding, get-togethers or spending the night in a genuine castle. The castle restaurant serves local food and real rye vodka made from Sangaste rye.

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Sent from Estonia to USA: June 25, 2016
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From Vietnam to China: July 23, 2016
From China to Estonia: August 27, 2016
Received from China: September 12, 2016