Archives for category: Past Blast


The Republic of Belarus, formerly known as Byelorussia, is a landlocked European country that’s bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. If you’ve been a reader of Going Postal you’ll know that I’m fascinated by the history of names. The name Belarus has an interesting history. Belarus is related to the term Belaya Rus which translates to White Rus. I wasn’t able to track down the exact meaning of White Rus but according to Bealrus Guide, the term may refer to the areas that were never conquered by the Tatars or Mongols.

belarus-stamp(Cached Card Cleaning 4 of 9)

With this post I’ve officially published more updates than in 2016.

This is another postcard that I received via Postcrossing, a postcard exchange website. The exchange works in a random fashion where you request an address from Postcrossing (which can be foreign or domestic). Each request is assigned an ID number that the received will enter to complete the transaction. After the card has been received and registered your address will be added to the pool for a postcard.

The Facts:
Other Party: Tatiana
Card Number: 0214
Average Color: 9F9C7B
Date Sent: August 15, 2015
Date Received: August 29, 2015
Sender Location: Belarus
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 4,860 Miles
Average Speed: 347 Miles Per Day


Reef Time
After some mild to vigorous apartment cleaning I came across a stack of long lost postcards. So buckle your seat belts and prepare for a blast from the past, about 6 to 7 months ago to be more precise. I added the category “Past Blast” to signify these cards.

This postcard comes from Karmen’s Australian days, when she toured the Great Barrier Reef. She reports that tomorrow (about sixth months ago) she’s going to go on a snorkeling adventure. Does this feel like a walk down memory lane Karmen?

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0192
Average Color: 87867F
Date Sent: March 11, 2014
Date Received: March 24, 2014
Sender Location: Cairns, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 8716 Miles
Average Speed: 670 Miles Per Day