This handmade Postcrossing postcard features a collage pasted on top of heavy cardboard. It was made by Alex, a designer living in Novosibirsk, Russia. "Is this thing weird enough?" he writes in his note? It's actually perfect, Alex. I'm a big fan of original and homemade postcards.1
Novosibirsk is a city of 1.5 million residents located in southcentral Russia. It's an industrial city that also has a nice mix of culture, arts and recreation. The climate features rainy summers with temperatures in the 70s and mostly dry winters with temperatures ranging from 15°F down to -6°F throughout the winter months.2
(Tangent: Joan, who is an expert on these things, informed me that the Vector Institute is located near Novosibirsk. Formally known as the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR, it is similar to the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Those two facilities have, under heavy guard, some of the only known remaining batches of smallpox on Earth.)
Stay tuned for another Postcrossing card from Russia in the coming days. I'll just say that it involves dragons.
1. There was, for example, the hand-sewn (yes, you read that right) bingo postcard from Bonnie Jeanne that I wrote about in 2013.
2. That sounds pretty nice to me, to be honest. The older I get, the more I dislike the heat.