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Turning 30 (in Camiguin)

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Learning my Stations of the Cross on the Walkway to the Old Volcano

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A forest of palms to one side...

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...and the Sunken Cemetery to the other

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Next we visited another waterfall, which lay beyond the road that was still being constructed, requiring us to hike over rubble (I'm glad we left the motorbike behind a ways)

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Just passing through, sunning us some corn and drying us some laundry (just kidding--who do these belong to?!)

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Happily on the other side of the wobbly bridge

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My burn developed a protective bubble of pus

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Researching on the internet about burn care

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It's hot, but I've grown so used to it I sometimes forget, until I start wondering why I have no energy and want to sleep and why my skin's so unbearably sticky.

We gave the motorbike back and have nothing planned for the rest of the day. I think I might take a dip in the frothy ocean to cool off, but I've seen no one in there and have to wonder why. Is it just that "black sand" (brown, really) is less enticing? Or is there something nefarious about the waters here?

All of this is written just to distract me from the thought that I'm officially 30. Chris says I'm taking it exceptionally hard. It's just another reminder of my mortality, I guess.

I feel impatient, restless, as though waiting for something to happen. It's so still and quiet here. German Martin in Malapascua saw me writing in my journal once and said, "Ah, travel diary? Yes, I used to keep one of those. And then I realized I was spending two hours a day writing when I could have been living my life!" Suddenly apologetic, he added, "Of course, when I read through the pages later it was nice to see what I had done..." We nodded, yes yes, it's nice.

The dogs here are so naked it's almost embarrassing. The females, especially, with their swollen teats that make you think, "There're too many!" They walk languidly, as I do. Only the puppies have energy to run.

Posted by chschen 08.24.2012 05:00 Archived in Philippines

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