Day 18: Generator Blues

18.01.09:

Woke up still in Point Lisas, Trinidad. We hadn’t moved on to Port of Spain. Something was wrong – the electric generator had failed and the crew couldn’t get the doors open so the cranes could access the cargo. The technician was supposed to arrive at 7am. By 3pm he still hadn’t arrived.

The crew, not to be outdone by the lack of power to cook anything, found a pallet of wood, smashed it apart with fire axes, dug out an old barbecue and started cookin’. But by late afternoon, it was obvious that the ship wasn’t going to Port of Spain today, so I said my goodbyes and got a taxi for the short ride to the capital.

I started looking around for a lift off the island, but it was Sunday, everything was bus up shut, and there was nothing I could do.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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