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Random Fridays: The 12 grapes of New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve and the 12 grapes of luck.

New Year’s Eve and the 12 grapes of luck.

Two years ago, my parents and I saw in the New Year at the Gran Hotel Ancira, in Monterrey, Mexico. It was a sit-down dinner event with a live band and dancing. We were puzzled by the grapes on the table — each place had a wine glass with 12 grapes. Our Mexican table mates explained that it was a tradition to eat the grapes at midnight, and for each grape you had to make a wish. In Spanish, it’s called Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”. I’ve read that you are meant to eat one grape on each stroke of midnight, but these grapes were huge! We’d have choked trying to eat them so quickly.

Happy 2016 to everyone! May your own 12 wishes be granted.


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Post boxes

An interesting post on Travel Words gives us the history of the famous English post box, with photos of a remarkable number of examples. Jude invites us to share our own images, so here are a few I have.

Post boxes, old GPO, Sydney

Post boxes, old GPO, Sydney

London pillar box in the snow

London pillar box in the snow

The next photo is not so much a post box as an entire post office. This is the “Galapagos Post Office” on the island of Floreana. Originally the barrel was used by whalers and other sailors, who would leave letters for people at home; the letters would be picked up and delivered by other sailors heading in that direction. Nowadays, the post office is used only by tourists.

Galapagos post office Floreana Island

Not so much a post box as an entire post office!