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 for taking the time to have a look (especially since I know Sunday nights are, y´know, incredibly hectic). I can barely contain my excitement at finally launching the website after months of planning, repeatedly thwarted attempts to get it off the ground AND NOW GETTING TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!
So, over the last few days I was trying to decide how I should begin writing BlogMercurial. Where on earth do I start?
With the two weeks I spent pounding the drizzle splattered streets of London? Nearly 2000km of hitchhiking between Calais and Barcelona? Sleeping on the roof of my friend´s apartment in the Catalonian capital and exploring its labyrinthine alleys with the street vendors´ hurriedly spat mantra ¨Hashishcokespeedmarijuanaamigo?¨ ringing in my ears?
Or perhaps, the fight my laptop had with the floor, which brought me to where I now sit under a heroically struggling fan, in an internet cafe decorated with wall tiles featuring the Michelin Man.
A few hours ago I figured a coffee would help me with the decision process. On the way back from demolishing a criminally cheap croissant with my café amb llet, the perfect idea fell into my lap.
I walked into one of the countless squares one finds in Barcelona, closely-ringed by tall, tan-hued apartments adorned with tiny balconies full of washing, flags and a cornucopia of other household accoutrements.
As plump ladies from the neighborhood (El Raval, a multicultural area increasingly seen as a hip and upcoming quarter) filled their water containers at the fountain, I spotted a red carpet trailling off behind them down one of the streets.
Nearby, photographers flitted around six Indian women bedecked in jewel-bright saris, who attracted a crowd out of nowhere as they began to dance in unison to strident Bollywood tunes. Looking back over my shoulder, I spied several slender models, wearing only zebra-patterned body paint, slinking towards a group of trendily attired catwalkers.
Whoah. I needed water. I turned to fill my water at the fountain and found myself staring face-to-face with a pouting fountain cherub, whose stone head had been fitted with a rainbow-coloured woollen hat.
At this point, I could only laugh.
I had been trying to hard to think how to encapsulate the concept I had for CatchMercurial for days and here it was; the simple act of capturing the magic of moments fleeting, diverse and unpredictable. That´s what I aim to achieve with my writing and photos, with this blog and with my future assignments, so I look forward to sharing the journey with you all.
Again, thanks for checking out the website, please connect away on social media if you want to keep updated and if you have any thoughts at all on the website, then I would love to hear from you! This is my first proper site and any feedback would be truly appreciated.
Tomorrow I bid farewell to Barcelona with the start of a new adventure, but I will update BlogMercurial as I continue on the road, so keep in touch and don´t be a stranger. Although I do like meeting strangers.
Bye for now!