Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
Trip End Feb 20, 2008

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

 Traveling to Montserrat was an journey in itself. Our 1 hour bus tour traveled along snake paths that crawled up the extreme landscapes. The winding roads were so narrow that we experienced very close encounters with passing pikes, cars and worst of all, other BUSES. Eventually we made it, a little green in the face.

After a debriefing with the tour guide, we split into groups with common goals to achieve in the 2 hours that we had. My group want to take the tram  up the mountain to experience the sights; intending to make it back with time to spare for listening to the boy choir. With our tram ticket, we made the ascent found ourself faced with breathtaking views of Montserrat. Wandering down the one path, we discovered ruins and old caves that had been used as a shelter.

To my delight, i bumped into people engaged in a hobby of mine, Rock Climbing. I was entranced by the scale of the rock face they were scaling up, as well as the composition of the rock face itself.

At one point, we realized that we were at the point of no return... kind of. We had to decided whether or not we would continue on hiking, or turn back in order to have time for the church. We continued hiking and I'm really happy we did. The sites and paths were incredible and I'm certain an unforgettable experience.

At the end of it, i really didn't want to have to rush back. The pair of stairs in this video were inviting.

It was a great experience that I'm glad i had the chance to video tape. I don't know if i would go again in the next 10 years, but I'm sure there are other things i would want to experience. Running to catch the bus, i managed to grab a small wheel of cheese and what i had assumed was a "Nata" (Portuguese Pastry).

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