The island of Bohol

Trip Start Nov 12, 2011
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Trip End Apr 01, 2012


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I arrived in Tagbilaran at 9.30 am after two hours by fast ferry from Dumaguete, sipping a movie with three of the Disney animated squirrels, a type of film that  I just can not stand.
Then I walked  an hour with my two trolleys in search of a hotel and they were all quite expensive, in short, more than 15 euros when I finally found a room with air conditioning, TV, internet connection, private bathroom at Nisa Travellers Hotel  in the center and within a large and beautiful colonial house.
The girl at the desk did the sly and I was saddled with the air-conditioned room while  I could take a fan room that was less than half of the price if I only had waited sometimes but  I did not as I was exhausted. 
So I resigned and after a shower, I started the adventure that was very nice with the return in the evening after visiting in order:
- The floating restaurant in Loboc, a beautiful town about an hour by bus from Tagbilaran, which runs through a beautiful stretch of river waters and with beautiful green vegetation on the sides, even some small waterfalls at the end.
The price of 400 pesos, or 6.6 euros included a good lunch of shrimp, breaded chicken, various vegetables, local fruit and lots of sweets.
There was even a good singer with a small band who played songs of the '70s and during the trip stopped next to a pier that housed a group of Filipinos who performed songs and dances.
I met a Korean nice couples from Seoul, Mudo and Luis who were seated at my table during the lunch.
 I then picked up the bus in the direction of Carmen and I went down awhile before, at the junction with the road leading to the famous Chocolate Hills, a group of now green hills with a round top . One of these was partially cut by a road that climbs to the summit from which you can see the panorama below, to the delight of fans of photos.
I was the only one to walk for one kilometer to the summit while the lazy Filipinos struggled to climb the stairs end even from the top parking, accustomed as they are  always  to move by taxis of all kinds.
I have then taken the bus to return to Tagbilaran, but I stopped awhile before to visit the famous church of Baclayon, the oldest in the country, quite impressive for the atmosphere of the past, the beautiful altar, statues of saints and the  present faithful.
On the bus I met a young Filipino student who told me that his brother earn 200 euro per month as safety guard while his sister as teacher earns 300 euro, one good house costs 30,000 euro and a Filipino famigly has in average 7-8 children!
Before returning to my hotel room I went around the town of Tagbilaran, visiting the central square, with a nice park, the church and the Provincial palace

 
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