Ahhhhhhhh Travel Days!!!

Ahhhhhhhh Travel Days!!!

Well the day had finally come and it was time to head to the airport. We were flying out of Raleigh NC and our flight was leaving at 5:30AM. We spent the night at my daughter Chelsea’s house and caught an UBER to the airport about 4AM. The Uber driver told us all about his trip to Peru where he went on some kind of toxic diet cleanse in the jungle there and said he had lost about 20 lbs….

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You know your about to go on vacation when……………

You know your about to go on vacation when……………

You know when you start planning a great trip it always seems so far away. But you plan it anyway and day by day it gets closer and closer. Finally there are clear signs that the big day is almost here. Here are our top 10 signs that our trip is getting close. Stopping by the Credit Union to pick up some Chinese Yuan. (Usually use ATM’s but we are arriving about midnight. Playing it safe.) Making a run by…

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Finally Homeward Bound!

Finally Homeward Bound!

We all woke up around 6:30 and got ready for the day. Our flight was not til 1PM so we decided to take Lyn’s sisters to the Victory Liner bus station to catch the bus to Solano. We already knew the busses left at 8, 10 and 1 so we really wanted to get them on the 8AM bus if possible. Lyn and I left our stuff in the AirBnB condo as we would come back and check out after…

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Laoag Bound!

Laoag Bound!

So today we are heading to our final “new” location of our entire trip. The plan was to catch the 10 AM bus and we should be in Laoag by lunch time. We all got up and went to breakfast about 8. Afterwards we went back and packed up to go to the bus station. I actually like riding the busses here, so far ours have always been on time, had great AC and sometimes even wi-fi! We checked out…

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Vigan!

Vigan!

Lyn and I are finally sleeping til about 6 AM just about every morning! It feels great to be on local time and to be honest I am surprised it took us this long. Anyway we woke up at 6 and decided to go for our morning walk and check out the area surrounding our hotel. As you know by now I love watching a town wake up and Vigan was no different. As we walked the cobblestone street of Calle…

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Crossing the Bessang Pass

Crossing the Bessang Pass

So today was the day we would be going to Vigan and crossing through the Bessang Pass. We had hired a private car the night before. There was really no realistic way to get there the way I wanted to do it without getting one. If we did Jeepney rides we would need 6 transfers and the possibility of making it in one day would be very small due to the Jeepney schedules. Even the driver that was taking us…

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Out and about in Solano / Banaue Rice Terraces

Out and about in Solano / Banaue Rice Terraces

So after a full day of birthday shenanigans we grabbed our stuff and headed to Lyn’s eldest brothers (Igno) house. This was about a 20 minute trike ride out-of-town. It was beautiful the entire way. We arrived and saw their new house that they had just built about two years ago. The driver that drove us was a friend of theirs and came in and had dinner and a beer with us. For dinner we had some really tasty fish…

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A celebration of life! (Solano style! )

A celebration of life! (Solano style! )

Lets just say in Solano you are greeted by several roosters early in the day every day. Around 5 they start to crow and it seems like the town slowly starts waking up. Lyn and I have decided to take a short walk every morning to get some exercise and see some of the town while it is cooler and not so busy. I really love this part of the day. There is really so much to take in, from…

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Finally Solano!!!

Finally Solano!!!

So today we are finally going to Solano! We have to fly to Manila from Tagbilaran and then catch a 7 hour bus to Solano. Our flight was at 8 so we decided to get picked up at 6:30. Exactly at 6:30 a brand new tricycle showed up and we were on our way. About 5 minutes into town the driver said he needed to switch us to his uncles trike. We switched into a very old purple trike and…

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Bohol Philippines

Bohol Philippines

In an effort to catch up I am going to cover our trip to Bohol in one post. It deserves more but I have to catch up at some point ha ha. If you remember we flew Scoot airlines from Singapore and left just after midnight. We slept on the plane but as you can imagine we were a little bleary eyed as we approached Manila. Manila was socked in with rain and clouds and as we approached at 4:30…

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