From the beautiful town of Orebro to beyond the outer space

I’m slowly getting back into the blogging groove and, if my postcards could only speak, they’d be yelling “about time!” gleefully! 

Today’s postcard is from Örebro, Sweden, sent by my friend Macelia who, along with their then one-year-old son, accompanied her husband who was taking PhD courses at  Örebro University.  She and her tot got free hotel accommodations plus breakfast and were either window-shopping or sightseeing while her husband was attending classes. Lucky them!

The postcard shows a multi-view of the tourist attraction of Örebro, a charming town right at the heart of Sweden. Örebro is smaller compared to Stockholm and, as of 2009, there are about 130,000 people living there. 

There wasn’t any detail on the postcard about which landmarks are shown above so I took the liberty of finding them over the net. Clockwise, from top left: the beautiful town park, Olaus Petri Church, a soccer statue, Örebro City Ha1l, Wadkoping (a delightful area with timber houses dating back from the 18th-19 century that have been preserved), the water tower called svampen (the mushroom) that provides a majestic view of the surroundings, and the famous Örebro Castle (middle) which dates back to the 13th century.

Football must be a big thing in Örebro as they have more than a dozen of professional football teams. No wonder they built a statue of a football  umpire. Must be a popular umpire who is from Örebro? Can anyone give me information on this football umpire wearing a pair of funny-looking  boots please? I’d appreciate any help 🙂

And now for the stamps… astronomy enthusiasts were happy when this stamp (and another one showing a  rendition of a PoGOLite gondola) was issued by the Swedish Post Office in January 2009 to mark the International Year of Astronomy:

The stamp features the direction or path the PoGOLite gondola will take as it takes off in August 2010 for a pathfinder mission in space. PoGOLite is a light-weight Polarized Gamma-ray Observer experiment designed to measure the polarization of soft gamma rays. The PoGOLite is scheduled to lift off from Estrange, Sweden in August 2010 — that’s about three months from now!

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