Hooray for having reached over 1000 Tropicalove visits!

Never would I have thought that my travel blog would have attained more than 1000 visits! I hope that it has provided some insightful, captivating and interesting snippets for all you readers… and made you believe that dreams can indeed come true! 

I have now moved to Trois-Ilets in Martinique, and have been here for barely a couple of days. Unfortunately, the weather is pretty dull and drizzly since my arrival, so my exploring has resulted in finding cafés and watching the rain pour down. Another added challenge to my explorations is the fact that I am living on top of a very steep hill, but I think in the long run, this will be good exercise! Also, my room is equipped with a nifty little balcony that looks on to a panoramic view of the sea and Martinique’s capital Fort-de-France, which lights up beautifully at night.

Trois-Ilets is a very touristy part of Martinique which perhaps makes it less authentic, but makes it safe for me, as a young solo girl, to mooch around without feeling uneasy. Don’t get me wrong though, there are plenty of locals, fish markets, traditional scenes and sights around the place, but there are also a lot of boutiques, souvenir shops and eateries catered for holiday tourists. The ‘Village Créole’ is where I have been taking refuge in cafés these past days – it is a charming little outdoor shopping center where you can find all sorts of neat colorful boutiques, attractive restaurants and bars.

I have found out that there is a little ferry which takes one to Fort-de-France everyday. It is quicker and much cheaper this way than to rent a car. Perhaps tomorrow I shall embark on the ferry, brave my sea sickness, and discover Martinique’s capital for while…

For the mean time, I am taking my time, exploring at my own pace and getting a feel for my surroundings. Yesterday evening I heard some lively music coming from down the hill, so I decided to follow it and see where I’d turn up. I ended up in Hotel Bambou, situated right on the beach, where there was some lively dancing happening. I looked up the hotel’s event board, and was pleased to see that there will be several exciting events hosted at this hotel such as a steel band concert, a traditional market night, …

It is early doors, and definitely difficult for me for the moment to compare Martinique to Guadeloupe. Speaking of Guadeloupe, Tropicalove Episode 4 is already up and ready. Check it out!

♥ Tropicalove – Episode 4 ♥

Goodbye Guadeloupe it’s Martinique on Monday!

Pointe des Châteaux

I can safely say that I now know the island of Guadeloupe pretty well. I’ve been to Basse Terre, Grande Terre, through the middle, flown over Les Saintes, been up part of the Soufrière volcano, snorkeled around the Réserve Cousteau, hung out of the beaches of Sainte Anne, Bananier, Bouillante, seen the carnivals in Sainte Rose, Pointe à Pitre and Gosier, visited a coffee museum, tasted many rums, eaten various fishes, bokits and coconut sorbets, swam the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans that hug the island’s coasts, been to the Marinas in Pointe à Pitre and Saint François, been to Pointe des Châteaux, the island’s narrowest tip and spoken with locals of all ages.

In terms of musical endeavors, I have seen several spontaneous jam sessions full of percussion and singing, have watched a floury of musical groups parade by during the carnival festivities, have been to a few créole concerts and discussed the topic of Guadeloupian music with residents as well as tourists. Gwo ka, zouk and dancehall are the dominant and popular genres of music here, and they represent Caribbean island culture so well.

It is fascinating how one can become so adapted and used to a place after a few weeks of exploration and discovery. I know my way around the island, I feel somewhat adapted to its culture, I have been to most of the hot spots and also frequented areas hidden from tourists. I feel not like I have visited Guadeloupe but that I have lived here.

The best part of traveling for a month in each island has been the learning. Once I feel like I’ve settled down, I leave and explore a new environment. Many may not see the appeal in this but I love the thrill, the fast pace, and learning how to adapt quickly and open-mindedly to everything which is exposed to me in each and every discovery. I enjoy the fact that I have just started to settle down in Guadeloupe and that I am leaving on Monday to Martinique. Four weeks will be my time limit to consume as much of this last island as I possibly can, before writing my final Tropicalove articles…

Leaving to another island..