I have had so much fun at the post offices. Many times I am brought into the back office to meet the Postmaster and take photos. The most beautiful Post offices I think are Ho Chi Minh City, Algiers, Santiago de Chile and Dublin. The friendliest have been varied.. The ones that stand out are South Ossetia. I was so pleased as they issue their own stamps. Everyone in the Post office came to a stand still when I told them how wonderful they all were. Post office staff are not used to getting compliments and gifts.. So smiles all around. The best display Post Office goes to Sevastopol Crimea (Russia) . Brand spanking new with beautiful glass counters and a place to have coffee. This is a philatelic office which is next door to the main Post office.
In Abkhazia you have to add Russian and Abkhazia stamps as these stamps are only for local use. On my recent trip to Panama, the main Post office had no stamp.. Luckily I was visiting other Post offices which had stamps. Japan is always a joy to visit. The staff there won't let me take photos of themselves but they are very polite. On one occasion the lady ran out out from behind the counter when I asked to take her photo.
In Baghdad main Post office I had to use the light on my phone to see as there was a siren going and all the electricity went off when I was in the building. Sometimes trying to get guides to bring you to a Post office is hard, as they tell me that they will mail the card for me. I always mail my own cards. There are currently no operating Post Offices in Somalia and South Sudan. Guatemala is just about to start up again. I guess I am a bit of a nerd with Post offices. When I travel with friends they know that part of the deal is that we visit Post offices. They always groan about this but yet they do come in with me to see what is likely to happen . In Shanghai, I had to get them to understand that I wanted stamps for Airmail. So I had the customers pretending to be planes as we flew around the office , it was so much fun!