Jamie Martin


Jamie Martin

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Isabela Island December 17th 2014

The boat to Isabela island left early at 6am and was completely full without a space left on the boat. It took two hours on the quick speed boats to arrive at the Island from Santa Cruz. When we arrived at the port, the water was crystal blue clear and there were dozens of sealions resting on the pier not phased by the incoming traffic of tourists passing by onto the Island. A full day with itinerary was planned. I was paired up with two couples, one from Korea and another from Chile. The five of us headed towards a lake where we could see some wild flamingos and other native birds of the island. It was quite impressive, but we weren't able to get up too close because the muddy lagoon was far below. We ... read more
Giant Turtles
Resting Sealions
Breeding Centre

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island December 16th 2014

I decided to skip breakfast, which in hindsight was a great decision. A day of scuba diving lay ahead at Gordon Rocks, just off Santa Cruz Island and the sea was rougher today causing some of us to feel a little sea sick. We stopped off near the dive site so that the new divers could check their gear and be briefed on hand signals. In the meantime we admired the sea life by the rocks. The blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions among others. On the boat was a biologist, who passed me his binoculars pointing out all of the animals. It was a really great to hear about all of the animals from an expert and to see them so close. We approached the rocks, where the current felt much more strong and the ... read more
Marina Iguana
Cactus Tree
Me at the Bay

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil December 14th 2014

I woke up early at 8am despite a late night the night before staying up until 2am packing my things. I was full of excitement at the prospect of visiting South America for the first time and had a few things to sort before I departed. I left the house at midday and went to the shop to pick up some new hiking boots and a mosquito net for the rainforest as well as a medical kit. I had just enough time to sit down to have breakfast at my favourite bakery near the train station. With three hours until my flight I decided to leave, as I was excited to catch my flight to go travelling. However, upon arrival, the day took a turn for the worse. During the check-in, the flight assistant notified me ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona December 12th 2014

Tonight I decided that I would take a stroll around the neighbourhood by my flat. I am about to embark on a South American adventure, the holidays that I have been building up to for the past few years. A new chapter in my attempt to learn Spanish, and also visiting other areas of the world. It seemed like an apt time to reflect and take in what I was about to do. I arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador tomorrow evening and I have only just begun to sink in. It is a little nerve-racking, in part because its so far and I don't really know what to expect. I also only just booked hotels for the first week a couple of hours ago, and travelling to a unknown country seems a little risky, and a step ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe January 12th 2011

I woke up in Santa Fe, New Mexico in Justin and Mel’s house – the people we met through couchsurfers. It was around 7am and the sun was rising outside, I’d had a decent sleep and spent most of the morning online, updating blogs and checking emails etc. At around 10.30am we left their house, they had kindly let us stay there even whilst they went off to work and asked that we just lock the door behind us. Our plan was to get something to eat, meet up with Jamie from the I-house and then drive to Chaco Canyon, an ancient ruins site. By 12noon we were running late and had only just finished eating breakfast. We met up with Jamie shortly after in New Mexico, bought some memorabilia, took some photos and left Santa ... read more
New Mexico licence plate
Streets of Santa Fe
Church in Santa Fe

North America » United States » Texas » Amarillo January 11th 2011

I woke up in a hotel room, still tired, at 7am and began to get ready to leave. I showered, ate breakfast, which was the best breakfast I’d had all trip with yogurts and bagels available. I walked outside to find the sun out and the sky blue with not a cloud in the sky, yet again. Despite the -6C temperatures, the car was no frosted up. I later discovered this may have been because two of the windows were left open ajar from the night before. Inside the car was almost colder than outside the car. I packed up the car and turned on the heating for a while. I then returned to the hotel room and watched TV until everyone else was ready to leave. It wasn’t until around 9.30am that we eventually left ... read more
Me sitting in the middle of the road in Texas
Me in Texas

North America » United States » Texas » Dallas January 10th 2011

I woke up early again to leave for Dallas in Texas. We packed all our belongs and began the drive to Texas in our new silver Florida plated car. It was meant to take us 8 hours to arrive in Dallas. The road wasn't very exciting although there was a 25 mile long bridge that we crossed through a river and swamp and the temperature began to plummet to around freezing again or the first time since leaving Washington D.C. The trees around looked very white and wintery from frost, and thankfully there was no ice on the road. We didn't stop at all for lunch, only frequent stops at gas stations for toilet breaks and fuel top ups. The highlight was watching American Psycho on a laptop in the car. We finally arrived in Dallas ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 9th 2011

We arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana at around 4.45am and decided that it was not worth getting a hotel room for a few hours. We slept in the car until about 9am. Then we walked into the visitor centre, which had very nice toilets, to brush teeth and clean up. The first thing we did in New Orleans was visit a cemetery. Ace noted that New Orleans was famous for their cemeteries, and since we were nearby one we should visit it. The cemetery was far different from anything I'd seen, each person had their own stone hut built which was apparently to help the body decompose faster with the humidity New Orleans experiences. After walking through one of the world's most scenic cemeteries and beginning the day with a depressing start, we walked to a ... read more
Me in New Orleans
Basin St Station

North America » United States » Florida January 8th 2011

The final day in Miami started off a little late. We slept in because nobody had set the alarm. We were due to leave Miami at 8am as we decided to change plans to leave Miami early for New Orleans. It was really sunny for the whole day and it was nearly as hot as the first we arrive in Miami, so it was a shame to be spending it in the car At around 10am we left the hotel and headed off South Beach – the area where we spent all of our time – and drove around downtown Miami. I was still tired from the night before and so slept in the car for most of the driving. Although, I did catch a few sites and skyscrapers but didn't see anything especially more exciting ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 7th 2011

I woke up at 7am, a little later than I wanted to, to prepare and get ready for a long day ahead at the Keys in Florida. I headed out to the store to get some sandwiches, orange juice and water - which were surprisingly cheap compared to the places we had been. It wasn't as warm as it was the day before and I felt that just wearing a t-shirt and swimming trunks was maybe a little inappropriate or too little. We left Miami at 8am and drove for 3 and a half hours down to the southern most point of Florida (and mainland USA). The drive was beautiful. After we passed the Everglades national park, where there are is supposedly crocodiles and other wildlife, we came to the tip of Florida and started to ... read more
Swimming in the sea
Drive to Key West

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