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Monday, April 6, 2020

A to Z Challenge 2020: E is for Egypt

Located in northeast Africa and bordering Israel, Egypt is the driest country in the world. It is also one of the oldest, ranked just behind San Marino. Egyptian dynasties formed over 8,000 years ago. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the largest overall and remains the only surviving ancient wonder of the world.

Fun fact: The 365-day calendar was invented in Egypt.

I thought it would be extremely difficult to get a postcard from Egypt because the country does not process mail to the United States. As it is, I found someone willing to send this postcard to a friend of mine in Canada who sent it to me.

My Egyptian contact even went through the trouble to take the postcard to the post office to get the stamps on it cancelled. He then placed the fully addressed, stamped postcard in an envelope addressed and stamped to my friend in Canada. She then placed that envelope in an envelope to me.

Luckily, it did not get lost on its way, and I highly appreciate the extra effort and postage it cost. What did it cost me? It was relatively inexpensive. All I had to do was trade 60 international, cancelled stamps. Strangely enough, you can mail things to Egypt from USA directly. My Canadian friend didn't require any payment.

As you can see, the stamps are fantastic.


Langley said...

Egypt. I had a trip planned to visit Egypt once, but never made it. Maybe one day I'll get there. Those stamps are cool!

Lady In Read said...

So cool!! I love getting stamps in this form too from other countries though has been a while since I looked at our stamp collection.. Thanks for the interesting information and the inspiration to restart my philately..

Marie Anne said...

I never would have thought that certain countries couldn't mail here to the U.S. I learned something new!

Kiddoblogger said...

Wow, that postcard sure did travel. Egypt sounds like a very interesting place -- just to see the Great Pyramids. On my bucket list.

Jade Li said...

Getting these postcards is an adventure in and of itself! Those are some really nice stamps.

Deborah Weber said...

How fun your postcard had a stopover before it arrived to you. I'd love to visit the pyramids.

Weekends in Maine said...

How wonderful that you were able to figure out a way to get a postcard from Egypt. Weekends In Maine

Dr Genevive Angela said...

Egypt has been my dream place, and am still in process. This year we planned to go to Isreal, Egypt and Syria and we are glad we cancelled our plan after the COVID 19 outbreak