I blog, but I'm not a blogger.

I hope I don't come across as a miserable biatch on here because I'm not, but some posts are less joyful than others and you've got to be honest. Though I promise to make this as cheerful as I can, hence this completely irrelevant photo. Yay summer!

I blog, but I'm not a "blogger."

I'm a very career-minded person. I always have been and I'm very happy to be working in a profession that I enjoy and see myself progressing in.

Blogging will - most likely - never be my job or a primary source of income, so it will never be a priority. I've read several posts on having a full-time job whilst having a consistent blog and if it's a breeze for you, then kudos. I guess I don't try hard enough.
I won't be setting my alarm 3 hours earlier to edit a post nor will I spend half of my lunch break trying to get the perfect shot of my prawn fried rice and lemon water.

It's not that I don't enjoy it because I do. I love writing and taking pictures and I have ideas for posts, but if I'm honest, I find reading and engaging with other blogs quite time-consuming and it feels like a chore at times.

It can be disheartening putting time and effort into a post only for it to have little to no engagement, but I know if I was more consistent, then that would increase. As I mentioned in my one year blogiversary post, I'm happy with the content I've put out and will hopefully have a new camera soon, so I will continue. Such is life.

Are you a "blogger" or someone who has a blog?

Barcelona Day 3: Bus Tours & Flamenco 💃🏾💃🏾

My third day consisted of...you guessed it...bus tours and flamenco!

Side note: It was also National Tea Day in the UK and being a Brit, I OBVIOUSLY started the day with a cuppa. Not that I don’t almost everyday anyway.

Going on a bus tour is one of the top recommended activities to do there and I can understand why. They’re a great way to see all the sights and travel around the city. 

We passed some of the major sights such as Park Güell, FC Barcelona, all the designer shops, the harbour, back to Montjüic and loads more that I didn't photograph!
The tour that we went on - Barcelona Bus Touristic - has three routes and can be used for a full day (or two) and you can hop-on and off whenever you like. 

During the planning stages of my itinerary, I booked most activities beforehand apart from flamenco as the prices were quite high and for only a short time. No trip to Spain is complete without it, so it was definitely something I wanted to see.

Luckily, there was a flamenco bar close by and the hostess approached and informed us of an upcoming show at a great deal, which we booked! 
Excuse the camera quality, I only had my phone...

It was amazing and it is an absolute must do in Barcelona (I’m sure I’ve said this on all my related posts but they’ve all been must-do’s!)
The day ended with paella and cocktails and whilst the piña colada was muy bien, the paella wasn't, which is disappointing as I love paella. Never mind.

Barcelona Day 2: Montjuïc.

If you're into amazing views like me and you're ever in Barcelona, then Montjuïc is the place for you. VIEWS FOR DAYS.

Montjuïc is Barcelona's famous hill that overlooks the harbour and has many other attractions such as the Magic Fountain, the Castle, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Olympic Park to name a few. 

 Olympic Park

More on MNAC in a future post!

I'm not big on hiking, so the cable car journey up the hill was an obvious choice.  
I booked it for the day of my birthday as previous birthdays in London haven't consisted of such beautiful scenery. A very welcome change.

Nearer the end of the hill is Poble Espanyol, the Spanish village described as an open-air museum. Another shining example of the city's gorgeous architecture, Poble Espanyol's numerous bars, museums, restaurants, in-house crafters and what feels like a million souvenir shops make it a great way to spend a few hours.

The day ended with the spectacular that is the Magic Fountain. 
Consisting of various fountains choreographed to a pairing of music and light, it's not one to miss and it's free! 

Quick tip: arrive early enough to get a seat on the steps and don't lean on the mini fountains as they also spray water. I'm sure the visitors who were sat on them weren't too pleased that they weren't aware of that prior. 

Stay tuned for Day 3!

Birthday in Barcelona.

As the title suggests, I celebrated my birthday in Barcelona and it was amazing!
Outside of the West Indies, it's my favourite destination so far. The food, the sights, the culture...I enjoyed it all and future visits are 100% happening.

"Concrete jungle" is the perfect description of the city imo. Loads of buildings and loads of palm trees everywhere. Palm trees are kind of my thing, if you didn't know.

Because I get excited whenever I see my name anywhere. Still no keychain though.

I stayed at the Arago312 apartments with the fam in the Eixample district and couldn't recommend it enough. The staff were friendly, the apartments were clean and well provided, spacious and a great value for money (which I am all for.)

 View from the living room #housegoals

The location was a great choice if I do say so myself; walking distance to all the buzz and transport links, but far away to get a decent nights sleep.
I like staying in hotels, but I don't like having to follow a schedule i.e. "breakfast by 10" and the like, so much prefer apartments for that reason.

The streets are peppered with the work of Antoni Gaudi.

Plaça de Catalunya aka Pigeon Central. So. many. pigeons.

The narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter.

Although I was there for only 5 days, a lot was done, seen and photographed in that time, so I'm going to spread my trip over several posts, day by day.

My meal at Divinus during FC Barcelona's disappointing Champions League match...one goal is all I asked for. 

Apple cake with vanilla ice cream and caramelized walnuts. Yes.

More on this view - and even better ones - in my next post!

If Barcelona isn't on your travel wish list, add it now.

Would You Rather: Travel Edition v.2!

Cliff diver at Rick's Cafe, Jamaica 2010. 

Back with another tag post! This is actually the fifth instalment in Sea Salt Secret's WYR Tag series, but my second hence the title. Check out my first post if you've not read it!

DISCLAIMER: I don't want tags to become too regular but they're handy when you're struggling for ideas 🙈 

Would you rather…?

Die saving 10,000 strangers from death, knowing no one would ever know it was you or live knowing everyone would know you decided not to save 10,000 people’s lives?

Pretty deep question to start off with! I couldn't live with the guilt so I'd go for saving 10,000 strangers. Whether I got the recognition or not wouldn't matter because I'd be dead so I wouldn't know anyway.

Eat live octopus (Sannakji) in Korea OR Eat boiled-alive baby duck (Balut) in the Philippines?

ERM, the thought of both turns my stomach but as I have to choose, I'd go with Squidward. Eight legs strangely sounds easier to eat than beaks and feathers...I think.

Lose all of your money OR all of the pictures you have ever taken?

You can't put a price on photos and I'd be so distraught if I lost ALL the photos I've EVER taken, including all the old film I've got. Money can be earned back.

Be deep sea diving and your oxygen tank runs out OR be bungee jumping and have your cord snap?

Snapped cord because it's quicker, just get it over and done with! As I said before, deep open water makes me uneasy and I'd panic.

Be a part of a real Jurassic Park scenario OR be part of a real Day After Tomorrow scenario?

As someone who has quite a dislike of cold weather, I'll go for Jurassic Park. Living amongst dinosaurs would be quite an experience.

Live in the Avatar universe OR the Pokémon universe?

*sings* 🎶Pokémon! (Gotta catch 'em all) It's you and me, I know it's my destiny. Pokémon! Oh, you're my best friend, in a world we must defend 🎶 ... OK I'll stop but you get the point. Best theme song ever.

Experience an epic waterslide OR an epic zip line?

I'd love to do both, but I'm edging more towards the zip line. Zip lining across a rainforest/mountains or anywhere scenic is definitely on the bucket list.

Be blessed with more time OR more money?

If I had more time, then I'd be able to earn more money. And enjoy life, of course.

Call one place home for the rest of your life OR move somewhere new every year?

Second choice 100%. One of my life goals is to travel and explore different cultures, so a new address every year would be perfect for that. Not being able to settle somewhere would be quite draining; it could be a wrong move and I could have a horrible year, but I'd take that risk over having the same address forever.

Speaking of travel, I'm off to celebrate my birthday in Barcelona! 
Follow my Snapchat - mayas.snaps, shameless plug I know - to see what I get up to and stay tuned for posts!

Art in February & March.

The Design Museum, London.

My round-up of the art-y things I attended in February and March:

'What does it mean to be a female curator of colour? What does it mean to curate from the 'black' female body?'  
BDIWB brought four black female curators together to try to answer these questions, drawing from their own experiences. Diversity, visibility and the success & failures of previous generations were all hot topics and the audience was very lively in response. Very encouraging to see young, passionate women of colour succeeding!

Jennifer Walshe: Sound Salon with Michael Waugh

This focussed on the "Post-Internet" world and the impact social media has on today's music. Narcissism, oversharing, information overload and the rise of social personas were key themes. 
This takes place monthly at Somerset House Studios and I believe the last one is in May. If so, I'll try to attend as I enjoyed it.

FITM is a fusion of theatre, comedy, karaoke and dance by a young group of performers called Sounds Like Chaos. Parachutes, bright lights and 80's disco music made for a unique and entertaining experience. It was edgy, interactive and highlighted some of the issues young people face. If you're in London and able to catch a show, I suggest you do.

Moonlight is such an important film for not only the black community, but for everyone and is worthy of all the accolades it's received. Everyone has their own personal beliefs and is entitled to, but ignore all the ignorant opinions and judge for yourself.

👏 SUCH 👏 A 👏 GOOD 👏 FILM. 
I'm not one for romantic movies, so I'd much rather watch Resident Evil than The Notebook. Some people find that weird and if it is, then I'm glad to be weird. 
It's not a particularly jumpy film for those not a fan of horror, it's more mind-messy. And don't let the "horror comedy" tag fool you, it's no Scary Movie crap-fest.
It's a really well written movie; Jordan Peele did a great job. Not one to miss!


Have you been to any art shows recently?

Why Do We Write?

“I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.” - Maya Angelou

Why do we write?

We write to escape reality
We write to accept reality

We write to share our story
We write to share others' stories 

We write for ourselves
We write for others
We write because of others

We write to think and understand
We write in protest or in celebration

We write because we have to write
We write because we like to write

Why do we write?

Why do you write?

P.S. Excuse the month-long absence. Updating the blog template and everyday life are my excuses...


More than two years in the planning stage and I've finally got tattoo number two.
I got my first almost 7 birthdays ago and whilst I won't be getting full sleeves, I've always wanted another one.

My first was on my foot and hurt like hell; 9/10 at certain points. I'm good with needles and pain so it was bearable. Just about. 
Bonier parts of the body (feet, ribs, ankles etc.) are the most painful, so I was surprised that the fleshy forearm wasn't as pain-free as I expected. Though I may or may not add more to it,
we'll see...

Awkward twisty arm pose..not the easiest to photograph!

The worst thing about getting a tattoo IMO is the itching and not being able to scratch it.
Like ermahgerd. Some good cream and mental strength is definitely needed.

So what does it mean? Travel, adventure, sunshine; a homage to my West Indian heritage.

But what it REALLY means is "I like palm trees and I like tattoos."
It doesn't have to be that deep 😊