February 3 – March 4, 2019
Day 117 – 146
Hitchhiking a boat
2 months after leaving Martinique with my brother, when we went to Cuba together, I arrived again back in Martinique ! You feel directly like “home” I knew many places, what to do, what to see. But most important, I came to find a boat heading to my next destination: South America.
The best to look for it is Le Marin: it is the biggest marina in the Carribean. Lots of boats, which means many opportunities.
I spend the first 3 days asking around. Unfortunately for me, the hurricane season (where the boats leave Carribean to go to South America) is not now and nobody is going there.
So, the solution is to wait until the beginning of the season. Which can take between 3 weeks and 2 Months, or more. But now at least, I am back in Martinique, my starting point to continue my hitchhiking world tour.
Joining a camp
After talking and asking around, I heard about the existence of a travelers camp. Basically, a few people from Le Marin, travelers as well, were sleeping outside, like me or other people can do. And they created a camp in the forest, where everybody is welcome and can come to enjoy the place, for how long he wants.
I met these people to join them. The least I can say is that it is the best place I could ever been in Martinique. Everybody is more or less traveling around the world, mainly by sailing and hitchhiking boats. We understand each other and we are all friendly with each other.
All these people are also dumpster divers. So, all the food we have over there is free!
Nearly 80% of the people in the camp are trying to hitchhikers a boat to South America. And just like me, they didn’t get any success. So this place is really nice to spend time before finding the boat.
Living in the camp
At first, I was switching between 1-2 days chilling in the camp and 1-2 days going around and do some stuff. I obviously continued to do some hikes in Martinique.
I also visited some rhum distillery, a must-do in the Carribean.
The preparation of the Carnival were also going to start. For a night, we watched a parade near Le Marin.
I climbed the so-known Montagne Pelée, the biggest mountain in Martinique (1395m). Even though the clouds prevent you to see anything, it was beautiful.
Feeling like home
In this camp, we started at around 6-8 people. When I left, we were 20!
We organized really often some parties or night out. The most famous one was the jam sessions.
The more I stayed, the more I felt home. From camp mates, people began to be friends. We were organising more activities together.
With 5 peoples, we went hiking for 3 days in the north of the island, between waterfall and mountains.
Making the “Slave trail” hike, a original hike.
With Marnix, a dutch guy from the camp, we also build more and more things for the camp to improve it: a working camp oven, a table, a cooling table. We put more tarp (from sails we found in the trash), we found some couch and some tables. At the end, this place was feeling like home.
Finding a boat
Obviously, my goal to find a boat was still there. The more the time passed, the more opportunities began to show up. Some people from the camp started to leave to sail to Colombia.
Even if we’re all in competition, we were before all friends. Whenever somebody had a contact, we all invited each other and tried to being somebody else on board.
I was nearly on a Argentinian boat with Felix and Raphael, two German guys from the camp. But it turns out differently.
A few days after, from Marnix, I got a contact of an American captain, leaving to South America. He is called Andrew. He was just going to go slowly, passing through the Grenadines, Grenada, the ABC islands, Panama and finally Ecuador.
After a first meeting, he accept to take me on board. He already have a crew, Timothy (aka TJ). With a lot of speaking, I succeed to bring on board Lisa, a German girl from the camp.
A few days after, after a nice leaving party, we had to go. I am sure I am gonna meet some of the people from the camp in South America. We all agreed to meet in Colombia.
I am for sure happy to leave Martinique. I have been here for too long, already a month. But I will miss all the people, all the faces, all the laugh, all the fun, all the discussions, all the meals, all the hikes, all the camp. Thank you all guys for this moment. Good luck to find your boats !
Meanwhile, Andrew, TJ, Lisa and me are ready to sail across the Grenadines, for a 1-2 months sailing trips to South America, on the Magnolia.