No doors, no windows, Catching a ride in a Jeepney

Trip Start Feb 20, 2014
Trip End Mar 14, 2014

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Flag of Philippines  , MIMAROPA,
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I have always enjoyed the journey of getting there. These experiences really get you close to the locals, see their way of life, and appreciate how great you really have it at home, which we all could use to be reminded of once in a while. The art of travel gives me some of my best memories . I read that the travel here in Palawan was rough, but rewarding. That statement is very true. Its a 6 hour journey to El Nido. You can go by boat, a small 6 passenger boat ( like the one we got soaked on) and pay $45. Take a mini van, stuffed with 10-12 people even though it really only fits 8, for $30. Or a cool jeepney, an old army truck that has been decorated up , missing all its windows and looks like a movie prop from the TV show Mash for $6. Easy choice, we took the jeepney . You can actually ride on top with the luggage, but my mom will be glad to know, i did not. It was a long journey on a dirt road, and it looked pretty uncomfortable up there! We opted for a beat up bench inside , with a great window view, minus the window. The floors were full of holes, and basically consisted of wood planks. You had to watch where you placed your feet , sometimes the holes were close to the spinning tires below. Locals could jump on and ride for a fraction of the price.. ( like standby!)
The scenery was breathtaking. Nothing but lush, deep green rice fields, and wild bright flowers dotted along the road as we passed by. Local homes built from bamboo, and sticks, up on stilts to protect them from the rain. I imagined how devastating the typhoon was to these simply built homes not giving them a chance to survive its powerful strength. The thought of it breaks my heart, being here seeing how sweet the people ate, and how hard they work to provide their families with the little that they have.
Our bus ride took us to Roxas, a very small town where we would change buses to continue our journey. An hour later while we were waiting for the " green bus" , we started chatting with a nice Australian fellow who had been traveling here for a while. " oh , that bus you're looking for, it leaves from the station on the other side. " ahh, good to know!! We probably would of sat there for hours thinking our bus was just running behind if he wouldn't of come along ! We grabbed our packs and ran to the bus station in the back as our green bus pulled up. 
The buses here can go very fast. Most of the speedometers  are broken. I peered out over the diver's shoulder to see how fast he was really going. It might be a good idea to wear our seat belts...if they have them. We dug deep into the worn seat to find ours. They were covered in dirt and had probably been years since anyone used them. . We fastened them anyways around us, making us feel just a tiny bit more secure as we passed blindly around the winding curves.
Pulling into the bay of El Nido, you can see what the hype is all about. The view is breathtaking. Its surrounded by limestone cliffs, and inviting small islands in the near distance.
The resort, green views, the same owners as the one in port Barton, is said to have the best sunsets in all of El Nido, and we splurged for the beachfront bungalow( $8 more) with sunsets like that, what a better place to enjoy them then from right out your front door.
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Cyndy on

Oh lord, I give you guy's a lot of credit!! I have to admit, I will pay for lux. Haha. Have fun, stay safe. :))

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