Two cards came from Trisk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Here is the symbol of Rio, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Built in 1931, it stands just under 40 meters tall, shorter than the Statue of Liberty, but it still towers over the city because it is at the peak of 700 meter tall Corcovado Mountain.
Trisk notes that this card shows the “new” version, with escalators that were added in 2003. The statue is one of the new seven wonders of the world, and it’s the only site from that list that I have represented in postcards. Perhaps I should try to collect more of them.
The second card shows one of the streetcars that run in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Trisk writes that they are the main method of transportation in that area. Right now the streetcars are being replaced and restored. I really like this old style, though I’m not sure how comfortable they would be to ride. Supposedly Portland has old style streetcars like this one, but I have never seen one. I’ve seen plenty of MAX light rail trains, which run on the same tracks, but with all their shiny metal and plastic they just don’t have as much charm.
Trisk used some beautiful stamps, too, including this amazing bat-shaped stamp, which shows a picture of the Lonchophylla dekeyseri, or Dekeyser’s Nectar Bat, which is native to Brazil. As the only flying mammals, I find bats to be pretty neat.