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SI-113183 : Ljubjana, Slovenia

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Postcrossing ID:  SI-113183
Originating City:  Slovenia
Distance Travelled:  xxxx miles/8,906 km
Date Sent:  2 July 2015
Date Received:  14 July 2015
Days Travelled:  12

I’ve never been a fan of cards sent from other locations than what they portray.  But I quite like this card portraying an auto rickshaw from Sri Lanka, very similar to the ubiquitous tuk-tuk of Thailand.  Sender ‘Iztok’ is from Ljubjana, the capital city of Slovenia and so this is both my first card from Slovenia and my first card picturing something from Sri Lanka.

Located at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, Ljubjana was the historical capital of Carniola, a Slovene-inhabited part of Austria-Hungary, and it has been the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative center of independent Slovenia since 1991. Its central geographic location within Slovenia, transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and cultural tradition are contributing factors to its leading position.  The first permanent settlement here was built by the Romans in 50 AD.

The nation of Slovenia borders Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast, Hungary to the northeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.  In the Early Bronze Age, Proto-Illyrian tribes settled an area stretching from present-day Albania to the city of Trieste. Slovenian territory was part of the Roman Empire, and it was devastated by Barbarian incursions in late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, since the main route from the Pannonian plain to Italy ran through present-day Slovenia. Alpine Slavs, ancestors of modern-day Slovenes settled the area in the late 6th Century A.D. The Holy Roman Empire controlled the land for nearly 1,000 years, and between the mid 14th century and 1918 most of Slovenia was under Habsburg rule. In 1918, Slovenes joined Yugoslavia, while the west of the country was annexed to Italy. Between 1945 and 1990, Slovenia was under Yugoslav Communist regime. The country gained its independence from Yugoslavia in June 1991, and is today a modern state and a member of the European Union and NATO.

An Auto rickshaw is usually a three-wheeled cabin cycle for private use, and as a vehicle for hire. The vehicle is a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. They are an essential form of urban transport in many developing countries, and a form of novelty transport in many developed countries. However, in some parts of Europe they remain an essential mode of transportation, notably Italy.  They are also known as three-wheelers, samosas, tempos, tuk-tuks (in Thailand), trishaws, autoricks, bajajs (in India), keke Napeps or Maruwas (in Nigeria), ricks, tricycles, mototaxis, baby taxis, lapas or tukxis (Piaggio Ape Calessino).

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