Postcards from Friends: 2011 Holiday Season from Around the World
I love postcards. I love collecting them. I love sending them. I love receiving them. In fact, I shamelessly beg friends to send me postcards when they travel. Ahem, hint hint.
For this holiday season, I did some more begging and asked some friends to send me a “digital” postcard of what they were doing, where they were celebrating, or just a holiday snapshot. A digital postcard is not quite the same as the real thing, but I love looking through all the photos they sent me (from 20 different cities worldwide). Even though we’re many miles and countries apart, it gives me a feeling of closeness seeing how we are all celebrating the same thing — the same gift of life.
Note: These photos below are taken by some passionate travelers who also blog about their experiences. Links to their blogs are included below the photos. Feel free to check out their travel photos and stories and be inspired.
A crowded street on Christmas day in Hong Kong from Dickson.
A Merry Christmas in Hong Kong from Jarmo.
(Left) Carole's family Christmas tree in Pacific Palisades, California. (Right) Michela taking pictures during a "Trentino Wellness" blog trip in Trentino, Italy. Photo taken by her friend Ramona.
(Left) Keith fooling around by the Christmas tree on Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Right) Sheryll ice-skating by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
(Left) A beautiful view of Big Bend National Park in Texas from Gregory. (Right) Spencer went hiking in Mt. Tamalpais overlooking the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco, California.
(Left) Craig's festive view out the window of a café in New York. (Right) A window display in London from Charles.
Christmas in Prague from May.
(Left) The spread at Kevin's annual Christmas get together in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Right) Tortellini in Brodo, one of Judy's favorite traditional starters for Christmas dinner in Tuscany, Italy.
April spent Christmas day at Hellshire Beach, one of Jamaica's most popular beaches for locals.
(Left) Nikolaus hitting the slopes and relaxing in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Right) Hjortur sent this serene photo of the snow-covered lava fields in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
(Left) Amer intended to soak in some tropical sun and clear blue sea on this secluded beach in Rompin, Malaysia, but was met with a monsoon instead. Sorry, friend. (Right) Dave and Syy spending their holiday in a small village in eastern Thailand.
A beautiful shot taken on la rue Saint-Denis in Montreal, Canada where Annette was spending her holiday.
A beautiful shot of Plaza San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador from Robin.
(Left) A little Christmas art made of recycled milk cartons in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Rease. (Right) A snapshot of the Big Ben and the London Eye from Mark in London.
Here's a list of some traveler friends and their blogs:
Amer -- Tend to Travel
Annette -- The Traveling Baesels
April -- Absolute Travel Addict
Carole -- Travels with Carole
Charles -- Hotel PR Guy
Craig -- Stay Adventurous
Dave -- Dave's Travel Corner
Gregory -- Mister CulverLake
Hjortur -- Raving Ravens
Jarmo -- Arctic Nomad
Judy -- Divina Cucina
Keith -- Velvet Escape
Mark -- Mark's Travel Notes
Michela -- Comunicatestesso
Rease -- Travelated
Robin -- Sangay Touring and Ecuador Guide
Sheryll -- The Wanderlust Project
Spencer -- The Traveling Philosopher
A big thanks to all my friends for sending me the pictures and putting a smile on my face. I hope to be doing a post of Postcards from Friends on a monthly basis. For any of my readers who are traveling and would like to submit a photo for the next series, feel free to email me.