Berlin
6 Aug 2013

Berlin

Surprise! I’m now living in Berlin. To be honest, I’m probably about as surprised as anyone; I only made the decision to move here two weeks ago, as I sat, frustrated by Scandinavian visa regulations, in the somewhat feeble sun of a Stockholm summer day. Stockholm is a gorgeous city, but you see, you cannot apply for a Swedish visa while  in Sweden (except via the convoluted act of sending an application to Australia). So, instead I decided to hitchhike...

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Concerning the kindness of strangers

Early 2011. Still encased in the cotton wool swaddle of a safe New Zealand life, I was unsure what kind of people the grown-up world of Europe would hold for me, curious at how my naievety would be tested. Sure, there are some rotten people in the world and yes, sometimes you have to be careful who you trust. I have met a tiny handful of characters on my travels who I would  trust  far less than I could throw –...

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Roskilde Festival
11 Jul 2013

Roskilde Festival

Contrary to appearances, no, I have not vanished off the face of the earth. Instead, I have just been released from the tender grip of Northern Europe’s biggest music festival, Roskilde Festival. On Saturday, 29 June,  two Kiwi friends and I entered the 80 hectare camp site. We wouldn’t depart until Sunday, July 7, absolutely exhausted but reluctant to leave what had become the fourth biggest city in Denmark for a week. We were only three of the 32,000 volunteers...

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Swedish Midsummer
24 Jun 2013

Swedish Midsummer

Anyone who read the last installment of my journey, The Northern Way, may have guessed where my hitchhiking thumb was next aimed. Three days of hitchhiking, being blasted with Led Zeppelin in truck cabins, riding ferries, camping in forests and finally succumbing to the Scandinavian transport network saw me arrive in the Swedish city of Göteborg (Gothenburg), on the longest day of the year. Anyone who has ever spent any time in one of the Nordic countries will have an inkling as...

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The Northern Way
17 Jun 2013

The Northern Way

Welcome back! It’s really been quite the week since my first post with BlogMercurial, but before I get into that I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who got in touch about the site! I really appreciate the feedback and I have a few changes I want to implement over the next week or so, so thanks again for the suggestions. Well, on Sunday I said I was leaving Barcelona for a new adventure. I got one....

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CatchMercurial
9 Jun 2013

CatchMercurial

Kiaora koutou and welcome to the very first post of BlogMercurial, the companion blog to my brand spanking new website! Firstly, I´d like to make a massive shout out to everyone who has made their way here after following my Dutch travel blog Into the Netherworld for the last year; it´s great to have you back and I hope you didn´t miss me too much in between projects. Likewise, to everyone else coming across CatchMercurial for the first time, thanks...

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