. We took a 2 hour ferry ride to Bohol today to see an eco-tour of a sustainable/self-sufficient community. It was very interesting, but very bad thunderstorms came in and we could really do everything we had planned. We then came back on a smaller, 2-hr ferry that only had extremely close benches. Our comfort levels sure are changing and adjusting a lot. At the same time, however, we look forward to the nice air-conditioned hotels, too. We are Cebu City for the night and are pretty much just waiting to leave tomorrow around noon to go to Boracay for our last few nights in the Philippines. :( I'm definitely worn out, but I'm also not ready to say goodbye to the people and the places. We will be back in Manila on Saturday night for ourlast night in the country and then our group will part ways. Traveling is such a great experience, but my Welsh melancholy always puts a damper on the end. I hate saying goodbyes! Hopefully I can write more when I'm in Boracay or back in Manila.
Not much has really happened in the last few days. We seem to losing the fuel to our fire, but we are all still definitely enjoying the Philippines. After amazing diving in Apo Island, we can back to Dumaguete and headed to Malapascua for more "beach time". Malapascua, however, is definitely not a place to write home about... at least for touristy reasons. The diving was AWFUL. All the corals had pretty much been dynamited, so it was not worth it to attempt any research there. Hopefully Boracay will have more to offer. We had a nice time seeing the local people, but it was not nearly as pleasant as Apo Island. We spent 2 nights in Malapascua and now we are in the grungiest city I've ever seen; Cebu City. People are literally covered in dirt. It's really quite amazing. We're not really touring Cebu City much; it's more like an intermediary. We took a 3 hour ferry ride to get here. The entire ship was bunk beds... open decks and bunk beds. It was quite a surprise for all of us