Three Men and a Volcano
Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
155Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Bayron, my guide, picked me up at 5:40 (they like to get up early here!) and took me to his mothers house where he also lives. He cooked me breakfast of rice and eggs as he had already had his hours ago! Filipinos eat rice with every meal and they usually eat 4-5 meals per day!
Bayron's brother Eugine and his cousin Gino joined us and both carried our kit in huge packs. I felt quite guilty but happy that I only had a small day pack. We left home about 7:30 and hiked to camp 1 - 700 metres. We were intending to go to Camp 2 - 1400 m but the weather didn't look great, it was very cloudy higher up and looked like it was rainy so we (or they!) set up camp. It only took us two hours to reach camp 1 so we were having lunch by 11 am! I helped cook vegetable Adobo, a local dish which is cooked with garlic, onions, soy sauce and vinegar and of course more rice
It soon started raining and was very foggy so we were glad we had decided to stop here and get the tents set up. There wasn't too much to do while we were waiting for the rain to clear so we sat undercover by the fire, chatted and drank coffee. Two Americans arrived in the afternoon with some other guides (also related to mine) so we went and chatted to them. Their guides were cooking some strange smelling meat on the fire. I soon learnt that this was a rat they had caught earlier! I had read that it is rude to refuse Filipino's if they offer you food so I thought I had better give it a go. I can't say it was the nicest meat I have ever eaten, hard to describe but quite a strong flavour, don't think I would order it in a restaurant!
By 5 pm it was still raining and we obviously hadn't had enough food so we had dinner! It was still raining and getting cold so we retired to our tents about 9pm hoping for some better weather to arrive
It poured down all night. Everything is soaked. We were up shortly after 5 even though the weather was still cloudy
In the mean time, we ate more food. I think I will have to go on a diet after this trip! We had more rice with chicken for lunch (about 10 am!), then fried sweet potatoes a few hours later. Then for dinner we had spaghetti (not quite the same as we have at home), more rice although I managed to decline and stick with spaghetti. It continued to rain all night, fingers crossed tomorrow will be the day...
I was greeted by Bayron before 6 with hot coffee and toasted bread in my tent this morning although with bad news that it was still raining
The guides offered to take us to some local eateries this evening so we went out for some noodle soup followed by Balut. We had read about this local delicacy in a guide book and straight away said we would avoid it not knowing that we would both end up actually eating it!! It is basically a nearly-developed embryo and looks revolting. We felt quite ill just looking at it but I figured that I had already eaten rat and after I did it I think Phillippa thought she should too! The first part is watery and you drink like soup and did actually taste like soup. Part is like an egg and doesn't taste too dissimilar but the other part is a half developed chicken and you can see the partly formed feet! It doesn't actually taste as bad as it sounds, a bit like chicken but the tiny bones are a bit off putting
Tomorrow I am getting a ferry to another island called Samar. Phillippa is heading to the Palawan islands to top up her tan where as I prefer mountains over beaches and I really want to go to Bohol to see the chocolate hills so we will meet next week in Cebu before our flight to Hong Kong...