Travel Diary #6 – Stuck in the Caribbean

 - 01 Février 2019 - Récits de voyage

2.5 months “stuck in Paradise” trying to reach South America…

After the transatlantic, we thought the biggest part was behind us … We arrived in Martinique for Christmas. The plan was to get some rest before we start to look for a boat for Colombia. We agreed: “max at the end of January, we will be on the continent!”…

We finally arrived in Cartagena on the 11th of March…

What we didn’t know was that the majority of the boats crossing in November/December and then stay in the Caribbean until May, before the beginning of the hurricane season… So it was probably going to be a bit more complicated than expected to find a boat going directly to Colombia.

We still had a small hope when we learned that the World ARC boats were about to leave from Saint Lucia directly to Santa Marta a few days later. But after 3 days spent going around the pontoons of the marina and meeting all the captains who were taking part in the regatta, we were still empty-handed.

We have to say, we were a little desperate after this. We even looked at the prices of the planes… But from the Caribbean, it would have cost us less to go back to France and take a plane to Colombia! We also thought about containerships, but lately they have not been taking boat hitchers anymore because of insurance problems. And we sent emails to cruise ship companies offering to make a promotional video in exchange for a transfer to the continent. But no answers either….

So we decided to enjoy Saint Lucia for a few days, before returning to Martinique. At that time, the objective was to reach Granada in order to join a captain who could take us to Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles. We had found him thanks to his post on a Facebook group and he was supposed to leave in a few days.

Once in Martinique, we met Antoine. He was 70 years old and had just sailed across the Atlantic on his own. He kindly agreed to take us with him to Granada.

The boat that was supposed to leave for Curaçao in a few days finally stayed another month in Grenada… and so did we ! But this time, we had learned the lesson: you have to be patient. So we took this as an opportunity to explore the island, to meet people, to party, to hike… and we even started to learn how to « recycle ». 

We finally set sail for Curaçao, and we will never forget this crossing ! We were only 3 people on an old wooden boat with no satellite phone, no AIS, no life jackets, a harness made of rope, almost no autopilot and a life raft last revised in 2006 …

2 days after our arrival on the island, Sylvie and Eduardo, the captains of our last boat, accepted to take us with them to Cartagena. We then found ourselves on a really big catamaran with Agnès and Alex, 2 other “boat-hitchhikers” that we met in Grenada.

Beginning of March, we finally set our foot on the southern American continent and could start to travel without money. And we can tell that the first weeks were quite intense!

  • WORLD STORIES #7 - Ed, United States

New live portrait, the story of Ed who we met in Guamal, Colombia when we were teaching english to local kids : https://bit.ly/2XjPnOW «It was in Christmas 2000, I was having troubles with the board of directors of the NGO I was working with and I realized I did not have to do this anymore. Everything I owned was paid for, I could do whatever I wanted to do. 
So one day I woke up and I decided to leave. I have had a very nice and interesting first 50 years and I wanted to share my experience with other people...» Check the full article on our website :)
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  • WORLD STORIES #6 - KERRY, UNITED STATES

We met Kerry during our first volunteering in Ecuador. He bought his farm 3 years ago and wants to demonstrate that a model of sustainable agriculture which does not depend on chemicals or pesticides is possible. 
Take a look at our website to get more information and nice photos ! :) https://bit.ly/2FyqPXQ
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  • TRAVEL DIARIES #5 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM LA GOMERA TO MARTINIQUE « "The great adventure begins! Are you afraid? No but I have a weird feeling in my belly…" Groceries are made, the boat is ready, we can set sails for the Caribbean! La Gomera is gently fading away as we set our course toward the West. Few hours pass and we eventually find ourselves surrounded by water… Next time we will see the land will be in 3 weeks, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.» Here is the 5th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look to the full blog article on our website https://bit.ly/2L0JNtN :) Kisses from Ecuador! 💃☀ :D .
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  • WORLD STORIES #5 - Albert, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Albert who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia hitchhiking on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2X2Zfvx «When I got 19, I was tired of working in Spain. I really wanted to leave, away from Barcelone. I looked for a cheap plane ticket, I took my backpack et I went to work in Norway. I arrived alone in Oslo. I took a bus for Bergen and I easily found a job. 
There, I met many travellers. They were working to get enough money to go travel again ! It hit me ! I wanted my life to look like this as well : work to be able to travel but not too much to not feel like I am wasting my time !

Now, I want to see everything, to know everything. And more than anything, I want to meet people. It’s the most important. It’s what makes a trip amazing. You meet locals, they can share with you about their country, their region… You discover new mindsets… It’s just magical ! And you can do this everywhere in the world !»
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  • TRAVEL DIARIES #4 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM TENERIFE TO LA GOMERA « "Is this a boat that light over there? Wait but there are 2… and even 3… lannnnnnnd in sight ». If there is one thing that marked me during these 4 months in the sailing world, it’s the arrivals. When you just spent several days at sea, seeing the land truly becomes a magical moment!...» Here is the 4th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look on our website https://bit.ly/2JOKQfD to read the rest of the article :)
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  • WORLD STORIES #4 - JUDITH, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Judith who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2JJTgF5 « I went to a theatre and dance high school but after one year I was already wondering what I was doing here. I wanted this to end, I wanted to leave… I was sitting on a chair all day long listening at teachers without learning much.

And everyone was asking « What do you want to do after high school Judith? What are you going to study ? ». I just knew I wanted to take a gap year !

When I finished I was 18 years old and with Albert we decided to find a cheap flight and go without a return ticket. We arrived in Guadeloupe where we stopped for some time. Then, we decided to hitchhike a boat to go to Martinique. We almost stayed a month there and we hitchhiked another boat to go to Grenada. And now we are looking for a captain who could take us to Central or South America.

This is what I love about traveling. You really live in the present. Everyday you can decide what you want to do : « Ok well… today I want to visit the island, or : today I want to stay on the beach doing nothing, or : today I will look for a boat to go to Panama…». You do whatever you want with your life. This is freedom !

And it is crazy because everyone tells you that you should study to learn things. But I feel like I am learning much more since I started travelling.»
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