Beyond the Poverty...
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
52Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
The hotel is located right beside Magellan's Cross and the Basilica del Santo Nino, which is convenient for a tourist; however, it also means that there are many poverty stricken families living there, trying to get food and money from the tourists. It stabs my heart each time I see the children, naked, dirty, and playing in the streets...3 year olds carrying around babies
The hotel was nice, I would highly recommend it for a night or two. The rooms were clean, the staff was friendly, and there is a nice coffee shop where you can meet other travellers and have a bite to eat. We met a couple from America who used to be missionaries in Bohol (our next destination) so they gave us some tips of where to stay and what to see. We also met a gentlemen from Sweden, Roman, who kindly gave us some of his healthy tea and body oils...I know, I know...taking a container full of "powdered tea" from a random stranger in a country like the Philippines probably isn't the smartest idea!...especially when, after telling him our travel plans, he stated he had the SAME travel plans and would stay at the SAME hotel as us...haha.
It was raining during the day, but we decided to check out Magellan's Cross and the Basilica del Santo Nino. Beautiful old structures with amazing detail. Very interesting. It's amazing how dominant Christianity is in the Philippines
I woke up with stuffed sinuses and a sore throat...ugh...a cold. In the morning we caught a taxi to the Pier (also very near to the hotel) to catch the ferry to Bohol. The taxi drops us off at Pier 1...a very sketchy ticketing office...and the wrong one! So we had to catch another taxi to Pier 4...which was much better. We had to go through security with our luggage...which consisted of....yup...a drug sniffing dog! Great...I was just waiting for the dog to pick up the scent of the "powdered health tea" which Ramon had given us...thinking up my story in my head...praying that the "tea" really was tea! The dog let us through so I guess we are safe...lol. The ferry ride was quite smooth; however, half way there, my stomach started turning...I couldn't eat my lunch....I must be sea sick....