Category Archive: Intercultural communication

Mr Seefeld of Lapland

In this wintry season with snow already under our belts (well, it disappeared again rather quickly here in Denmark), I thought this Postcrossing postcard is a good fit. It is from a Finnish 14 year old who lives in Lapland, who sent me a card with the Finnish part of Lapland that shows that he lives …

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Are you a tourist or a traveler?

I came across this great quote about the distinction between a tourist and a traveler: A traveler and a tourist can visit the same city, but experience it very differently. A tourist’s goals are typically to see all the sights, learn their names, make and collect stunning pictures, eat the foods and observe the rituals …

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“There is nothing in the house”

The past few days I attended the Young SIETAR BC congress in Vancouver and Sts’ailes and I would like to share a few of my highlights. As the theme of the congress was “Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems”, there was much focus on the connection to the land. This was beautifully set off by something …

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The Great Wall: the spine of the Chinese people

In exchange for a postcard from Denmark for his daughter’s collection, my Chinese Postcrossing friend sent me one from China. It features the Great Wall, which is probably one of the most well-known symbols of China and of the Chinese people. My friend wrote on the back of the card: This card shows the Great …

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The Danish “gækkebrev”

Easter is upon us and that is a big deal in Denmark. We not only have Friday and Monday off but also Thursday. And the Danes have a wonderful tradition to go with it, namely the “gækkebrev”. This is an anonymous letter you send before Good Friday to a family member or a friend who …

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“In Vino, Veritas”: the 2014 Western Academy of Management

The past week I attended for the first time the Western Academy of Management – Western in terms of geographical location in the US – in Napa Valley (hence the theme of the congress “In Vino, Veritas”). Here are some of my highlights: Experiential learning Quite a few of the sessions offered some inspiration for teaching, …

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“Toppen og Bolden” – the sequel

Last week I posted a blog about a mysterious skyline in this Danish stamp which featured the HC Andersen story “Toppen og Bolden” or “The Sweethearts”. Some more searching brought me to a page of the World Online Philatelic Agency (WOPA), which explains a bit more about the Danish-Chinese collaboration on the Hans Christian Andersen stamps. Apparently …

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“Toppen og Bolden” – from Denmark to China

The other day I received a request from a fellow Postcrosser from China, whether I could send him a postcard from Denmark because that was the one that was missing in the collection he is making for his four year old daughter. His specific request was to get a postcard with the Danish flag (that’s easy) …

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The light of St Lucia (Finland)

Over Christmas I received a Postcrossing postcard from the Swedish speaking minority living along the coasts in Finland. Although the card itself showed the Viking line, which cruises between Turku or Helsinki in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden, the sender talked about the celebration of St Lucia on the 13th of December. Although that is …

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The Pensacola Beach sign in Florida

A perfect Postcrossing postcard for this week – it is very sunny here in Nijmegen – is the one I received of the Pensacola Beach sign in Florida. It is an iconic landmark from the 60s which points the way to the beach bridge to get to the barrier island that is Pensacola Beach. Initially only …

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