To Shanghai with ❤

I have an uncle who is a treasures collector – he keeps those things other people just throw away. He stores them and remembers about them for years until they turn into reminders of unforgettable moments. Then, when those memories are blurred enough, he sends a letter to trigger those memories. He’s done it during the years with pictures he took of my family many years ago, with notes we would write in napkins, with drawings we would gave him in those faded moments that has become childhood.

And today he has sent me a very mysterious letter from Ctra Zaragoza. When I’ve seen the post mark I’ve opened it carefully knowing that even though it had no signature, it was him. He knows I’m going to get married and that I’m looking for restaurants and menus, so he just sent me my parents’ wedding menu. That’s why I love letters :).

CrtaZaragoza

 

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From: Ctra Zaragoza, Spain
To: Shanghai (南车站路82, China
Sent on: October 16th, 2014
Received on: November 3rd, 2014
Distance: 10,018 km
Transit time: 18 days
Average distance/day:  556.5 km/day
Fare: 1.29 EUR (wrong fare)

 

 

From Saigon with ❤ (II)

During the Golden Week I went to Vietnam with V. and some friends. We first spent a couple of days in HCMC, then went to Mui Ne and then back to HCMC. I couldn´t find any mailbox on the streets, so I just gave the postcards to a shopkeeper who kindly offered to send them but truth is I wasn´t that sure he would do so – I thought that he may unglue the stamps and sold them as I gave him a few postcards. However, I´ve been proved wrong and I still have faith in humankind. Today I just got this postcard :).

PS: I´ve just checked the postmark and realized that it was actually sent from the main post office while I was there. Not from the “kind” shopkeeper.

DPS: I just got confirmation that a couple of postcards from the batch I gave to the shopkeeper were received :).

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From: HCMC (Main Post Office), Vietnam
To: Shanghai (南车站路82, China
Sent on: September 30th, 2014
Received on: October 25th, 2014
Distance: 1923 km
Transit time: 25 days
Average distance/day: 76.92 km
Fare: 10,500 dong (0.39 EUR)

 

From Saigon with ❤

My parents have received the postcard I sent. They´ve acknowledge it with this picture and a short sentence: When we were kids, la Cochinchina was a place that existed just in our dreams. 

It´s amazing how the world has become smaller and how the definition of distance has changed in the last 20 years.
Saigon

From: HCMC (Main Post Office), Vietnam
To: Girona, Spain
Sent on: September 30th, 2014
Received on: October 10th, 2014
Distance: 9600 km
Transit time: 10 days
Fare: 12,000 dong (0.45 EUR)

FROM HCMC WITH ♡

I’ve been in Vietnam during the Chinese Golden Week and surprisingly didn’t see any mail box in the street.

The only one I found was this one inside HCMC Central Post Office. Fortunately, many souvenir shops had a postman doing letters pick up everyday.

Vietnam Post BoxIn general souvenir shops had old-fashioned and very typical postcards but I guess that’s kind of what you can expect when going to a developing country.

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Stamp collection

Not long ago (May 18th) a new private contemporary art museum opened at the West Bund. It is called Yuz Museum (余德耀美术馆) and it is the second museum (first in China) of the Yuz Foundation – founded by Chinese-Indonesian Budi Tek- and its inaugural exhibition is called Myth/History.

The museum, with 9000 sqm (main hall 3000 sqm) is located at an old hangar of the now nonexistent Longhua airport of Shanghai (the one that preceded Hongqiao airport, being operative from 1930 to 1966) and I was truly amazed at the high level of the exhibition.

On the History section of the exhibition, there was this painting from Chinese artist Ren Jian (任戬)followed by an explanation of what it meant. I thought it was a nice way of expressing what stamps mean, so I’ve decided to share it with you.

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The stamp is the necessary code that allows people to exchange their feelings and private information in their daily lives. Choosing different national flags as stamps provides the visual meaning of international communication, and also symbolizes the possibility of visual participation in democracy. Beginning with the form of the national flag itself is the best way of presenting the citizen with the most simple icon, and as well as the most abstracted symbol. The symbol can refer to visual art itself, as seen in Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich, and Reinhard. The numbers are symbols of equality, and all languages lack universal justice compared to these numbers. “2000″ means the beginning of the new millennium, and indicates peoples’ expectation as well as new possibilities at the end of the 20th century. – Ren Jian (about his panting Stamp Collection, 1991, Acrylic on canvas).

From Taipei with ❤

My dear V. got me a trip to Taipei as one of my birthday presents. I hadn’t had the chance to go to Taipei yet, so it came as a great present.

We had dinner at the first Tin Dai Fung in Xin Yi Road, enjoyed sea food, saw 1600 pandas at the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial, visited the National Palace Museum (where I bought this postcard and which is supposed to have so many treasures that they only exhibit a 10% of their treasures) and many other things.

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Taipei was good. And they have a huge supply of cute postcards as the ones who received them may know :).

From: Taipei, Taiwan
To: Shanghai, China
Sent on: March 31st, 2014
Received on: May 21st, 2014
Distance: 690 km
Transit time: 21 days
Fare: 7 TWD (0.17 EUR)