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German mail carrier delivers post by boat

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:12

Apr. 22 - In Germany's watery nature reserve Spreewald the mail is delivered in a very environmentally-friendly way: by boat. Elly Park reports.

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Whether it's by land or air, it's the job of mail carriers to deliver goods to their final destination as quickly as possible. In Andrea Bunar's case that involves rowing a boat through the canals of the Spreewald nature reserve in Germany. It's a time-honored tradition that has many benefits, she says. SOUNDBITE: Postwoman, Andrea Bunar, saying (German) "This tradition is more than a hundred years, well more than 110 years old now. And it is welcomed because many farmhouses here are not accessible by road, only by water. And this is an easy, environmentally friendly and quick way of mail delivery." Bunar delivers about 600 letters and 40 parcels each day - a job that requires her to push her barge for about eight kilometers, or five miles daily to reach all 65 addresses. Her job continues until October, when the mail boat is brought ashore for winter.

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German mail carrier delivers post by boat

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:12