Amongst the Sagada.

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Greenhouse Inn

Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Saturday, June 14, 2008

I am in the Mountain Province, sensible name considering there's many, many lush green mountains and rice terraces...up aboot 1600m now. It was a very bumpy ride here, 6 hrs of very winding road (which my stomach didn't enjoy) and the road was only paved half the way maybe..but no landslides and anything like that so no worries, it's the wet season. The scenery was beautiful as well with all the green and yellow rice paddies. The town itself is small, cool, calm...i like it. It rains every afternoon and comes oot of nowhere and pisses down (it's a good thing i replace my lost yellow raincoat with a yellow rainsuit).

Yesterday, i had a wonderful day. I rented a tour guide for the day, sort of speak..he took me to a viewpoint of the surrounding towns, mountains and lots of rice..then to eerie Echo Valley to witness hanging coffins and to caves nicknamed burial caves - both which where they rest their elders in peace, out of respect and ritual. It's easier for the spirit to lift and be free when the coffin clings to the side of a mountain (with the body in the fetile postion)..very interesting, makes sense...i have to say i'm thinking aboot it..hehe. Then explored a bigger cave deep down into the darkness for an 1 1/2 to find water and lots of minerals. My tour guide was great..he was very interesting but not boring, he has been doing it for 15 yrs. I was able to learn alot about the culture from a local..which is always nice.

Today i wandered around the morning Saturday market, got to see lots of locals from all villages, grrreat for pictures. I bought some fruit and veg and noodles and then made myself a divine meal back at the Inn (there's a kitchen)..can't remember the last time i was lovely. Then a walk to a waterfall and a wee spot of tea afterwards....

Here, in the Phillipines..they call toilets 'comfort rooms'..haha, i thought restroom or washroom was comforting enough. On the way here, at a bus break, i encountered my first communal toilet. It was kind of like a cement troff on the ground and you crounch over and drains down..i'd rather crounch outside. There was not so much comfort in that be fair, dont' think it was actually called a comfort room. Then in my guesthouse..i have the pleasure of a cold bucket shower. I do get used to the coldness kind of, it's refreshing, plus you save water cuz i'm in and out like that, no time for hairwashing or legshaving that's for sure.

So it's been lovely here. I do believe i'm leaving tomorrow if all goes another wee town in da Mountains...

Now i'm getting the feel for the Phillipines and no longer struggle what to think of it..
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