After the longest travel stretch of our lives, we have successfully made it to The Philippines! Just a quick update before the fun truly starts to begin and we dive into our first leg of the trip around The Philippines with Dan & Kelly!
What does the longest travel stretch of our lives look like? Here’s a break down... 15 hours with China Eastern to Shanghai, China...a flight so long that after crushing 4 movies, reading, and stretching you still don’t know what to do with the remaining 7 hours. A 6 hour layover in Shanghai airport where we caught up on some much needed sleep...
We then hopped on another China Eastern flight that took us 4 hours to Manila, Philippines.
Once in Manila we needed to book a flight to Cebu City where our travels continue, an airport taxi informed us we had to go to the ticket office to buy them. He drove us to a hole in the wall travel agency where they quoted us 7,000 Philippine Peso’s (php) each for the one way flight. We are still getting used to the conversion rates, but I knew that seemed pretty steep. I broke down 7,000 php to cad. $173.88 CAD one way for each of us. I had looked up this flight before online before leaving Canada and knew this was an absolute gouge! When I brought it up she immediately said “Okay I can do 6,000php!!” We laughed, and said we were okay...walked over to a local coffee shop and booked ourselves each a one way flight from Manila to Cebu City, $51 CAD each. We went to Bob’s Coffee shop across from Terminal 4, Bob was a nice guy who loved Canada but says he could never live there because of the cold, Bob’s a smart man. We flew from Manila to Cebu which added another 2 hour to our travel time. Hungry but wanting to keep moving we grabbed our first Siapao Asado from 7-11, Siopao Asado are steam rice buns filled with sweet and salty pork & egg, good feed. From Cebu airport by taxi to Cebu City South Bus station, tacked on another hour. We then caught a local bus to Alegria with some of the wildest scenery I’ve ever seen. Over the 4 hour speeding and winding bus trip, we saw the cities somewhat controlled chaos, walking food vendors making sales to commuters at their driver side window while waiting at the lights to change, city slums on wooden stilts over water with children playing on mountains of garbage, mountain ranges in the dense rainforest hills, and so many cute children in school uniforms who smiled & waved when making eye contact with. It was a wild experience and only cost us $5 CAD each.
We just woke up at D’Alegre Travellers Inn in Alegria this morning where we will meet up with Dan & Kelly who are currently on the early morning wild bus ride down from Cebu to go Cayoneering in Badian. We are excited to hear their thoughts on the local bus trip! I am writing this from the lounge and here is a glimpse of the view
Carter Bender & Brittany Wilson left Toronto, Canada to travel the world. Where will they be next? Follow their #cbwtravels blog to find out!