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We heard from iReporters all over Europe this week after the powerful blast of cold weather that gripped the region. iReporters also shared with us their thoughts on the GOP presidential race and wowed us with their inspired craft projects.
Europe in a deep freeze
Europe’s unusually cold weather turned the Kloveniersburgwal canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands, into a playground. Cecily Layzell took this photo on Wednesday from a bridge over the waterway. She says adults and children were skating and tobogganing under the bridge and between the boats moored in the canal.
Rina Rautenbach shared dramatic photos of thick layers of ice that collected on just about every surface near the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Rautenbach says it was minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9 Fahrenheit) and that spray from the waves froze instantly, forming icicles on top of icicles.
We also met Lala, an 11-month-old dachshund mix, who is having the time of her life in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her owner, Mirna Stankovic Lukovic, says Lala spends most of her time curled up on a leather sofa but has loved tunneling through the snow banks.
Inside the GOP race
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was in Atlanta, Georgia, this week and frequent iReporter Adriana Maxwell says he got a warm welcome. Maxwell says the crowd was friendly and seemed interested in what the former Massachusetts governor had to say.
Matthew Colver voted in Tuesday’s Colorado caucuses and shared his experience with iReport. It was the first time he had participated in a caucus and he said: “It felt good to actually be part of the process at a very local level rather than just sitting back and complaining.” Colver said 55 people voted in his precinct. Sen. Rick Santorum won Tuesday’s contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.
Inspiration soars on Pinterest
Jessica Archer was inspired by a post on Pinterest to create these cool rocket packs for her sons Jack and Ben. All she needed were a few soft-drink bottles, duct tape, silver paint and a few other supplies and the boys were ready to blast off. Pinterest is a “virtual pin board” that lets you curate content you love from around the web and share it with your friend. It’s also a good place to look for ideas.
The site is getting a lot of buzz lately, so if you’re a fan and have been inspired to make something, we’d like to see it.
High school senior Zoë Taylor interviewed the owner of Sugar-Coated Radical, an Atlanta candy shop that only uses fair-trade products. She also talked with customers who liked the store’s ethical stance and loved its candy. Taylor photographed, edited and produced the story herself. You can read more about it on CNN’s Eatocracy food blog.
Do you have a favorite chocolate recipe? We invite you to take the iReport-CNN Freedom Project ethical chocolate challenge. Make your dish with fair-trade chocolate, and take a stand to end modern-day slavery.
Operation Valentine: Traveling for a cause
A group of iReporters in the Philippines traveled to Barangay Mandulog to help residents who are still recovering from Typhoon Sendong. Vincent Avena, Sherbien Dacalanio, Andrew Go, Lia Ocampo and Veronica Mendoza and a few of their friends delivered hundreds of pounds of food, clothes and books for an elementary school library. The group first met last year for the iReport fifth birthday meetup in the Philippines and realized they shared a passion for charity.
“We do what we can with what we have,” Avena said. “That’s way better than doing nothing at all.”
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