Day 34: The Cristal Maze

03.02.09:

Arrived early in Antigua, but by the time passport formalities, etc. were all done, it was about 10am. I headed to the city centre and met with Brian Ho, a young journalist who did an interview with me for the local paper, the Antiguan Sun. Then I started hitting the cargo companies to see if anything was heading towards the Dominican Republic. There was something, but it left yesterday. I felt sick. There was nothing else for over a week.

So I headed back to the Marina and started asking around – nothing. Unlike St. Kitts, there are HUNDREDS of yachts here on Antigua, but none would take me west.

You’ve got to understand how demoralising it is to walk around for hours asking everyone you meet if they can help you and the answer always being no.

A bit of good fortune though – I met a guy called Neil Rock who’s a fellow scouser, who agreed to help me and I also hooked up (thank you couchsurfing.com!!) with Cristal Clashing, a local girl (and Antiguan shipping champion) who offered me somewhere to crash for the night at her dad’s place. It was a wonderful house and the spare bed was so big, I could lie in the middle of it and stretch out both arms and not touch the sides. Nice!

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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