When I first got to Dominica I was shocked to see how much the hurricane Maria had destroyed just two months earlier. I was camping in the garden of a local guy, who like most of Dominicans, did not yet have power. His son said that he wished to get the power back for christmas, but when talking to the father it seemed like it was more likely to take a few more months. We cooked our meals on a bonfire in the garden and I shared my torch with them as they didnt have anything other than the light from his old Nokia cell phone.
I had emailed the tourism board and found out that all tourist attractions was closed down, but I still went to see them and found out that with some climbing over heaps of trees everywhere you could see them completely by yourself and completely for free as there were noone working there.
I visited the hot springs in Wotten Waven, Trafalgar Falls, champagne reef in Soufriere and Emerald Pool outside of Roseau. Buses were cheap and frequent and when there was no bus running it was no problem catching a lift from bypassers. People I met here have been very friendly and the country seems like it has the coolest tourists attractions of all the countries in the Caribbean. It was just a pity that it was completely devastated, so I will have to give it another visit in a few years when all is back to normal.
Watch this on my vlog, episode 5 here.
Before coming here to Dominica, I was told that the country was completely in ruins, and I am sorry to say it, but it really is. The first day here was spent seeing the few things that still remained and the rest of the days I had signed up to join the Red Cross WASH (Water and Sanitation/Hygiene) team.
As a lot of the villages were without water, we spent the first day scouting for suitable rivers. The second day we were off early to install a water pump, filter and bag in a village called Dos d’Ane. A hose was then put into the river with a pump and a generator bringing it through chambers of sand, chlorine tablets and a carbone filter before it ended up in a square bag that could keep as much as 10 000liters.
Lots of locals were watching us doing this and they all seemed very happy afterwards when they could fill up bottles and buckets with clean filtered water.
Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!
Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:
Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami
Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November
Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November
St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November
Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November
Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November
St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec
Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December
Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December
Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January
Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd
I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!