The Guatemalan Dictator and His Temples to a Greek Goddess

The thing I find most rewarding about collecting postage stamps is the never-ending education they provide. From geography to history to culture to biography, I am constantly learning new things in my quest to learn the stories behind the stamps. As a teacher of English as a Second Language, I often wish I had more opportunities to incorporate stamps into my lessons (very few illustrate … Continue reading The Guatemalan Dictator and His Temples to a Greek Goddess

Outrigger Canoes of Fiji

The best thing about “random stamp days” is that I get to pick a stamp that normally wouldn’t be written about if I were to adhere to my usual policy of marking event anniversaries (apart from the occasional stamp-issuing entity profile). The issuer profiles have been few and far between since November as I haven’t added too many new places to my “Stamps from (Almost) … Continue reading Outrigger Canoes of Fiji

A Beautiful French Village

It’s a random stamp day which means that I couldn’t find a stamp that matched up with any events that happened on this particular date in history. It’s an opportunity for me to look through my stamps to find something interesting to highlight. I’ve long had an affinity for the colorful engraved stamp issues of France and her colonies and soon came across this beauty. … Continue reading A Beautiful French Village

Happy Chinese New Year สุขสันต์วันตรุษจีน 中國農曆新年快樂

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dog, known popularly as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié). Here in Thailand, last night — New Year’s Eve — was a big celebration with plenty of music, dance troupes, and fireworks and other noise-making (accompanied by the sound of howling dogs in my neighborhood) … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year สุขสันต์วันตรุษจีน 中國農曆新年快樂

Christopher Columbus’s Letter

On February 15, 1493, while at sea aboard the caravel Niña, Christopher Columbus wrote a letter while on the return leg of his first voyage of discovery. This is the first known document announcing the results of Columbus’ voyage that set out in 1492 and reached the Americas. A post-script was added upon his arrival in Lisbon on March 4, 1493, and it was probably … Continue reading Christopher Columbus’s Letter

Thailand’s Day of Love and Singles Appreciation Day

Once again, it is time for the Feast of Saint Valentine or, as we call it in Thailand, the Day of Love (วันรัก — Wan Rak), better known universally as Valentine’s Day (วันวาเลนไทน์ — Wan Walentine in Thai). The holiday is extremely popular throughout Asia, particularly in China and South Korea as well as my adopted home of Thailand, predominantly a Buddhist nation. Most people … Continue reading Thailand’s Day of Love and Singles Appreciation Day