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Camiguin

Camiguin now. Was it just yesterday we left Anda? Seems a lifetime ago.

Tomorrow I turn 30. It's dreadful to think I will have been alive for three decades. My father: six. He must say to himself sometimes, I'm 60 now, and I still have to worry about my 30-year-old daughter. But I can't let myself think about that.

We rented a motorbike today. It was the first time Chris had ever driven one and only the fourth or fifth time I'd ever ridden one, always in a foreign country. I burned my leg badly on the tailpipe. It's a sick-looking grayish purple but seems much better than it did at first. Afterwards I was afraid of the damned vehicle, but of course I had to get on again.

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We were cheerful tonight, eating margherita pizza and spaghetti frutti di mare at Luna's Ristorante. The food was surprisingly good and not over-salted as it is at many other places in the Philippines. Of course we had to pay more. I keep telling Chris we ought to go to Italy if he's going to be craving pizza all year.

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It's awful to have finished my books too early, to have nothing to read, nothing with which to beat away the night. Instead I listen to the incomprehensible voices of the French backpackers next door. Two young men: friends, most likely--they don't seem like lovers. They said they will keep traveling until they run out of money. I don't bother to ask, And then what? It's not a question travelers enjoy answering. One of them rode the Trans-Siberian railroad recently. He told us to take second class because third class was too lonely. I believe him. Riding on trains for thousands of miles. It seems quiet, but it's probably actually pretty noisy. But the kind of noise that keeps you out.

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Porch view of the place we stayed the first night (it was too crappy, so we moved)

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Fishing boats

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Tallllllll palm trees

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I'm pointing at White Island, where we had planned to dive before my little accident

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Wait a second...

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My intrepid driver

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Well, at least we made it to the waterfall!

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Letting my burn soak (apparently the wrong decision, according to the doctors in our family, for the bacteria in the water)

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I'm looking awfully happy for someone who just got a second degree burn

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Finally got far enough away to get the whole waterfall

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Hot springs!

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What a weird creature I found there

Posted by chschen 08.23.2012 05:00 Archived in Philippines

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