Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
8Trip End Apr 07, 2008
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Speaking of family, we just came across an amazing coincidence. My cousin and really good friend Ryan, who I went to preschool and camp with happens to be living in Manila right now! He's out here working with an NGO aimed towards Child Protection within the Philippines. It's been really amazing to reconnect with him after almost 6 or 7 years since we last met. We'll hope to do some traveling with him in the coming weeks.
Even though its only been 2 weeks, thinking back.... it seem like a month of events have gone by.
Since the Krakauer family came out, we've been traveling all around on half, full, and multi day trips.
Recently we went out to visit Boracay Island. What a place! Its a tiny Island nestled near the heart of the Philippine Islands. Its about a 7 km stretch from the north tip to the south. And to get there, you have to take a tiny Plane to the nearby northern tip of Panay Island (the town you land in is called Caticlan).
THe Island itself is very commercialized at this point. In the north end there are major developments going on as well as recently completed golf course. But during our time there, we made the best of our surroundings.
Heres some pics to tell the tale.... If your planning to visit the phillipines, it s the most visited island and one of the most popular tourist attractions.
Joel and Evelyn leave on the 25th of Feb. So until then, well be around manilla.... and afterwards we'll be touring around on our own.
Oh, and today we were actually planning on taking a few days at Bicol.... a region south east of the manilla area. Its about a 45 min plane ride.... and when we began our decent this morning, we we forced to turn the plane around due to visibility. We had to go back to manilla and cancell the trip. Bummer, but such is life. we'l try and make it to that area of the phillipines later in our trip. There, we were going to hike the "Mayon Volcano"... disputidly, the most perfectly shaped volcano/mountain in the world.... before Mt. Fuji!.. but more on that area another time...
Where I stayed