Five and 1/2 hours - AGAIN

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Five and hours AGAIN

           What is it with this magic figure of 5 hours???  If you are a reader, you might remember that I had a 5 hour trip from the airport in London to my hotel one night.  That was the first time.  Then I had another 5 hour trip in a different country, different situation but timing the same.  You might remember that one when I was stuck in the woods in the Ukraine and it took us 5 hours to get the car fixed and get out of the woods and back to Kharkov.  That was the one where I sat in a peasant hut with a poster of Stalin on the wall.  An adventure for sure. 

Today I move from Manila to Puerto Galera and was informed that the trip takes 5 hours!  Wowzer.  I asked if there was a bathroom break and she smiled and said I could ask the bus driver.  Whoa!  I am hoping there are many women on the bus because I don't want to be the one to try and explain to a bus driver, who may not speak English that we need to stop at a rest stop, assuming they even have them. 

            Last time I made this trip, we were in a private transfer car and it only took about 1 hours to go from Manila to the ferry and then maybe 45 minutes to cross the water, if I am remembering correctly.  I know the timing for the car transfer is right but I can’t remember the water crossing time exactly.  And our driver stopped for a toilet break and for snacks too.  Somehow I don’t think I am going to get the snack and toilet break snack today.  My friend who made the arrangements for me this time suggested I go by the public transport as it was cheaper.  Cheaper isn’t always better.  But cheaper is usually an experience so we shall see.
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