6 down, 0 to go!
My Kiva loan for the months of November and December goes to Adelaida in the Philippines. As I’ve likely said before, I’ve met so many lovely Filipino people over the past several years that the country has a special place in my heart. With the recent terrible supertyphoon, I feel for the Philippines even more so.
I was initially drawn to Adelaida’s listing when I saw the scraps of fabric on the table in her photograph. I always love to support people at their craft. And then when I realized her name was Adelaida and connected that to my favorite Australian city… well, the loan was a done deal. Adelaida has requested a loan to help buy more materials for her rug making business.
And so ends another successful year of Kiva loans. I really do love this tradition. I’m considering switching back to monthly loans instead of lending every other month. We’ll see how long it takes for my Kiva coffers to dry up. If you’re racking your brain for a meaningful Christmas give, I hope you’ll consider giving a Kiva card this year.
Creepier than pumpkins.
Mike and I just returned home from a week spent in northern Morocco. It was quite the adventure through some very different terrain. But before I get into that (or my trip a few weeks ago to Spain), I want to share our jack-o-laterns before Halloween is too far gone.
Halloween fell in a pretty busy week for me. Not only was it the evening of a friend’s birthday dinner, it was also the night before parent-teacher conferences. Boo! Scary indeed. In order to fit it all in, we decided to postpone our celebrating until the evening after Halloween (and only a few hours before our train departed for the north!).
Mike and I invited a few friends over for some pumpkin carving, except that pumpkins are quite expensive here. In fact, at the supermarket you don’t actually buy a whole pumpkin, you just take a knife and slice off the amount you want. We were in need of an alternate. When someone suggested carving melons instead, it sounded like a good idea.
Left to right: Mine, Mike’s, Ritchee’s, Katie and Adam’s
Turns out, it was a great idea. The melons were the perfect size for carving so you don’t get bored or tired midway through scooping out the goop. Also, the flesh was easy to pierce and carve. But perhaps the most perfect element of carving melons was that they are so much creepier than pumpkins. Although it’s hard to tell in these photos, the glow of the melons was an eerie yellow-green. In addition, they are the size and shape of human heads! When the first candle was lit we were all genuinely creeped out for a few moments. Bingo!
We were supposed to be making creepy faces.
Adding even more to the evening, for two of our friends it was their very first “pumpkin carving” experience. I think it’s safe to say it was a positive one for both of them. Ritchee has already vowed to bring pumpkin/melon carving back to her friends and family in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, because we were off to the train station later in the evening, our melons went straight in the dumpster. They were fun (and spooky) while they lasted!
Today’s photo from the hip comes from my recent trip to Sevilla, Spain. My mom and I were enjoying our churros con chocolat across the street from this busker. I must say, his routine was a little lackluster. His friend played the accordion in an attempt to entice a few coins from a passerby. As soon as the coins clinked in the box, the matador waved his red muleta and… that’s about it.
Not much of a bullfight.
From the Hip Friday features photos taken without the use of a viewfinder. If you have a photograph that was taken from the hip you’d like to share here, please contact me!