We met at 10am in the morning, 3 cars, 10 people and a whole truckload of positive energy. It started to rain in the very beginning and we didn’t frown we danced to celebrate. The GoodVibers had been united under the umbrella of positivity and this was just the beginning of a weekend adventure bigger than any other we had ever embarked on!
The plan in short was to travel into the countryside of Catalunya, Spain to provide the locals with a platform to express positivity, hope and trust with others. Much of what we intended to do was a form of social sewing, bringing together different cultures, social-economic classes via fun and friendly outdoor activities.
Our first stop, Manresa was an anxious start to say the least. We had never done anything like this before and the main plaza was already full of locals selling products at a pop-up market. Who were we to come rolling in, setting up our activities in the middle of their land? This could be compared to a small group of bee’s flying into a foreign hive in the middle of lunchtime, starting to produce their own funky honey and inviting others to join in front of the Queen bee. Certainly a socially dangerous activity, we never the less gracefully pushed forward with respect, found a space and started the skipping rope.
What was beautiful to see with the skipping rope was the universally connecting effect it had on the people in the area. Everybody instantly knew what to do when they saw the rope swinging, we didn’t need to explain any rules or even speak the same language. The kids came flooding in. Once the jumps started, the positive music started, once the music started, the bubbles started, once the bubbles started the chalk came out and by the time the chalk was out the smiles were all around. As more people of the public joined, the spectacle grew in size acting as a magnet of positivity in the centre of town. We succeeded in speaking the international language of positivity in the middle of a completely foreign land, but would it work at our next destination?
Our next stop was Berga, a much smaller town in the north of Catalunya. Even after our first success we were in no position to assume that our actions were going to be accepted by the new locals. After successfully getting lost in the city we found a nice spot in the sun with plenty of people freely strolling the passage. We setup our equipment once again only to find that within seconds of starting our activities a crowd of intrigued and curious faces naturally formed around us.
We interacted, we played, we sung, we danced, we asked the people what they thought. Some of the people said they had never seen anything like it before, others congratulated us instantly, others called their friends who were in other parts of town to bring their children to where we were. One of the greatest comments received was from a middle aged man with his child, he said this sort of simple creativity didn’t often come through the town very often. He said it was easy for the bigger cities to forget about providing things like this to the people in the country.
After an hour or so with the people we decided it was time to bid our farewells and start the journey up to our secluded rural house in the mountains. We spent the night by the fire, cooking musical foods (yes that’s right, foods that represented different musical genres), roasting smurf marsh-mellows, singing songs, exchanging late night stories and plenty of other stuff that’s best kept a memory for the team 😉
The views in the morning were spectacular, another day of clear blue skies! Next stop, the highly anticipated Girona Flower Festival. (part 2)