Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tristan da Cunha

One more card for today.. and from a very special place: Tristan da Cunha!! It took some organising, but the staff at the Post Office at Tristan were super helpful and nice, and in the end they sent me SEVEN written and stamped postcards! Wow! They all arrived yesterday and I was SO excited, they are definitely some of the coolest cards I've ever received. It was like an early birthday present (my birthday is tomorrow)! :) I'm probably going to post some more here later, but here's the first one, of 'Edinburgh of the Seven Seas'.

Tristan da Cunha is a remote volcanic group of islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying 2,816 kilometres from the nearest land, South Africa, and 3,360 kilometres from South America. Tristan da Cunha is said to be the "most remote inhabited location on Earth." The territory consists of the main island of Tristan da Cunha itself, which measures about 11.27 kilometres across and has an area of 98 square kilometres, along with the uninhabited Nightingale Islands and the wildlife reserves of Inaccessible Island and Gough Island. It has a permanent population of 275 (2009 figures).

Tristan da Cunha is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha which also includes Saint Helena 2,430 kilometres to its north, and equatorial Ascension Island even farther removed, grouping the British South Atlantic islands into one far-flung centrally administered aggregate.

The stamp is from a set of 6 stamps issued in 2009, depicting Potato Production. I was really surprised the cards arrived so soon, I mean they travelled for less than a month! That's pretty impressive considering there's no airport on the island so they have to use ships for everything.

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