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March 10, 2007 Saturday
Barobo, Mindanao, Philippines
Today we're taking our flight to Butuan on the island of Mindanao. From there we take a bus to San Francisco and another to Barobo. We don't have a telephone number for our friends Lee and Grace because we left it in our Philippines travel book which we had forwarded to us in Darwin …
... it came on a long path, up steps, out in a narrow doorway, and finally into a parking garage! No wonder I could not find it. The first day I am in a new place is always the best for me. I love walking around to see what I can find. It's a great day exploring this charming little place.
The Rice Terraces here will blow your mind! They are carved out of the mountainsides, just Banaue is. They are over 2,000 years old. A person cannot help but marvel ...
... one of my colleages. REALLY small world. I tried to find him on facebook but wouldn't. We stopped at the village and he (JOhn Lemieux) kept going with his group to the water falls. Funny how when you are travelling you meet people and without even saying bye, they are gone and you never see them again. I sometimes wonder about people I meet on my travels; where are they now, what are they doing? Life is odd like that. Once we go to the village, the slippery and steep walk was ...
... price anyways.
After settling in we wanted to take this day easy since we had been travelling for a while, so all of us had a rest and met afterwards for lunch. Once we had lunch we walked to the information center to see what we could do in Banaue and to tried to organize ourselves a little bit.
After a short discussion we decided to go the day after to the terraces of Batad so that day we had the option of visiting some museums in Banaue or going to see ...
... out what I wanted to do next. I decided instead of going to the coast I would head back to Manila, so I took the awful overnight bus and got in a 3am. In the overnight bus you sit upright in a seat, and they crank the A/C, even though it's relatively cold outside (maybe 10 degrees?) so everyone brings sleeping bags/coats/scarves. I sat to a super chatty Israeli guy and we talked and tried to sleep over the 8 hour trip back to the city.