Welcome to interview #8 of Project World Showcase!
Today’s interviewee is Justine from Tennessee!
1. What is your name or PC username, the name of the city you live in, and the name of your country/state? How long have you lived in your country/state?
On the Postcrossing site I go by the username cactus_wren and on the Postcrossing forum you can find me going by the username of revy1. The town I live in is named Paris which is located in the state of Tennessee and is close to the border of Kentucky. I’ve only lived here for almost three years, so I am still learning a lot about Tennessee and the town of Paris.
2. What got you started in postcard collecting?
I started collecting postcards when I was younger, because my grandma would send me one each time she traveled to a new destination. After my grandma stopped traveling I stopped collecting postcards, until I came across a section in the “Family Fun Magazine” by Disney where they mentioned Postcrossing. I thought it was such an interesting concept and a great way to learn about different cultures and enhance my knowledge about the world. Now I can honestly say I have become slightly addicted to checking my mailbox and enjoy receiving random postcards from fellow Postcrossers.
3. What are your 3 most favorite postcards and why?
The 3 postcards I chose all feature animals, because I plan to become a veterinary doctor in the future and specialize in avian medicine.
4. Show us a picture of your mailbox or post office.
My mail box is not very exciting so I’ll show you a photo of my temporary housing for my postcards.
5. What other hobbies do you enjoy besides collecting postcards?
Other hobbies I enjoy are: Photography, digital art, painting, drawing, making crafts, reading, hiking, learning languages, collecting stamps, writing to pen pals, collecting sea shells and baking/cooking.
6. Is there anything about your city/state/country that makes it special? What is it known for? What do most people associate with it?
Tennessee is a very great place to do outdoor activities which makes it a special place for people who enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, boating, etc. I think most people associate Tennessee as being home to Elvis, country music, Southern hospitality and Opryland.
7. What are at least 3 good places or attractions to visit if someone were to travel to your city/state/country?
If you are visiting Paris, Tennessee the best places to visit are the Eiffel Tower Park, Kentucky Lake and take part in the local festivities.
8. What are some traditional foods or dishes one should try in your state/country?
Southern Sweet Tea and Southern Pecan Pie are definitely two things to try if you visit Tennessee. I have yet to find the secret recipes to Southern cooking!
9. Show a picture of nature or animals in your city/state/country that is native to where you live.
Some native animals you can find in Tennessee are the Barred Owl and the Monarch Butterfly. There’s also a steady population of deer, snakes, turtle, opossums and raccoons.
10. What are at least 2 major historical events that happened in your country/state and why are they important?
I have no knowledge of the history of Tennessee, because I am not originally from here but I did find a useful website with some interesting facts that include a timeline of events.
11. (Optional Question) Are there any other facts associated with your state/country, such as major festivals, celebrations, unusual happenings, unusual laws, road-side attractions, names of famous people who were born there, etc. that you think someone should know about?
In Paris, Tennessee they have a celebration named “The World’s Biggest Fish Fry.” It’s a big thing to do here and happens the last weekend of April. A famous person born here was Cherry Jones who played the woman president on 24. I’ve seen her at the local events and she is just like any other person.
12. What language(s) do you speak or what is the primary language of your country? Can you share 3 words in this language and give their English translation?
My native language is English, but I also speak Italian, Spanish, some Dutch and a few words in Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and French. I can read some Latin based languages easily, but have yet to learn how to speak them.
13. What are some major holidays celebrated in your country, or what are some holidays that are only celebrated in your country and nowhere else? How do you spend these holidays?
The only two holidays I celebrate that are North American are Thanksgiving and The Fourth of July. I also try to celebrate other holidays from around the world each year to learn more about cultures. Last year I celebrated the Dutch holiday Sinterklaas and exchanged gifts with my Dutch penpal. Usually I just spend time celebrating with my family when it is a holiday.
14. Is there any type of folklore associated with your state/country?
Big foot sightings are well known in Tennessee and I am still waiting for a Sasquatch to appear from the woods near my apartment, if it exists. There’s a lot of places said to be haunted in Tennessee like the Bell Witch Cave and even in this town I live in there’s so many old buildings that the locals claim to have ghosts. I’m not too certain of any other stories about Tennessee, unless it has to do with the civil war, Casey Jones or country music.
15. Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to share about your state or country that you didn’t get to mention before?
The best places to visit here are the natural sites. If you’re a cave lover, then you will definitely enjoy Ruby Falls, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Rock City, The Cumberland Caverns and many more. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have the best sites of the Smoky Mountains, plus you can go hiking, white water rafting or just enjoy taking photos of the landscapes (Beware of the Black Bears.)
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