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Today I have some maps and transportation options from around the world.


This is a map from a Postcrosser in Germany. It shows the eastern part of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state in Germany. The ferry lines say in little print that they go to places like Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.


This second card shows an electric tram or trolley from Russia. It comes from a swap with Nastya in St. Petersburg. The front says “трамвай” which is Russian for “tram.”


Here is another Postcrossing card, this time from Taiwan. It shows the Maokong Gondola, opened in 2007 in Taipei. The Gondola goes between the Taipei Zoo and Maokong, a suburb known for tea culture.


And finally, this map shows a part of London’s Underground, or Tube, system. The iconic Tube map was designed in 1931 by Harry Beck. Beck designed the map in his spare time. It is notable for not being geographically accurate, but for being much easier to read than a geographically accurate map would be. The card comes from Beckie, who lives in Yorkshire.

Here are the stamps:


This stamp was released this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman McLaren, a Scottish animator. The stamp shows a frame from his 1938 film “Love on the Wing.”


The Russian stamps are Europa issues from 2005 and 2014. The 2005 theme was “gastronomy,” the Russian stamp depicts caviar, crepes, and other Russian foods. The theme this year is “musical instruments,” hence the singing and dancing in the stamp.