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Ny-Ålesund: Old post office

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The old post office in Ny-Åle­sund is not in func­tion any­mo­re. Today, the Kongsfjor­dbu­tik­ken ser­ves as post office, whe­re you can get stamps and send mail from the post­box on the out­side wall.

Today, the old post office is used just occa­sio­nal­ly, for examp­le when a crui­se ship with a lar­ger num­ber of pas­sen­gers is in town. But it is open and may be visi­ted at any time. The­re is not too much to see, but the­re are some stamps which you can use, for examp­le to stamp your dia­ry or post­cards – but just the area whe­re you wri­te, not the stamp! The stamps in the old post office are not offi­cial stamps, they are just sou­ve­nir stamps and if you stamp a stamp with one of the­se stamps, then the stamp is not valid any­mo­re (far too many stamps here …). The same is true, by the way, for other offi­cial docu­ments such as pass­ports …

Today, mail is sent from the post box from Kongsfjor­dbu­tik­ken. Mail sent from the­re will get the offi­cial stamp. If you send a post­card from the­re, it may arri­ve sur­pri­sin­gly fast, may even befo­re you get back home … disap­poin­ting, isn’t it? 🙂

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last modification: 2019-01-21 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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