Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Gringo Trail
Such is challenging for two novice world travelers. These are the places with little or infrequent public transport where walking and motorbikes may be the norms but buses and taxis are rare or non-existent. People are less likely to speak any English in these corners of the world. Food may be less likely to be prepared in a hygienic way that helps keep us moving fluidly rather than moving fluids.
The Gringo Trail also tends to exist because there are terrific sights and sites to behold. Think Grand Canyon, Rome's Coliseum, Swiss Alps, the Great Wall of China, etc. So for much of our first year, we have tread firmly in the footsteps of others on the often slightly polluted, always full, and clearly described tourist tracks in Lonely Planet. We have tried to ask locals for ideas of things to see that most tourists rush by, but such has been limited to a few hours in a few places...until recently...
In the last couple of weeks, we have begun to find special sites and sights off the beaten track. On the small island of Bohol in the Philippines, we walked a road for miles where locals
And soon, we plan on returning to Indonesia. We loved Bali. However, 80% of Indonesian bound foreign tourists visit only Bali. There are 17,507 other islands in the fourth most populous country on earth. These are the islands that helped Alfred Russell Wallace co-develop the theory of evolution as his contemporary colleague, Darwin, pondered his findings from the Galapagos archipelago. They are the islands where Komodo Dragons roam, living "Hobbits" exist, and the birthplace of spices gracing our kitchen counters. And...places far from the normal tourist trail.
Images are of our first motorbike ride on Siquijor Island, three young ladies from the Loboc Children's Choir, and typical river transport in the Philippines. Posted in Larena, Siquijor Island, Philippines