Friday, December 7, 2012

Day in Sagada

Woke up early to have breakfast at hotel and pack up. Going with Jody to Sagada to seeing hanging coffins and to go caving.

The only draw back is another 2.5hour drive there and back! So tired of being in a vehicle. I am not looking forward to the long bus ride tonight back to Manila.

Sagada was nice! The hanging coffins are not really hanging anymore. They have moved them into a cave to preserve them.

The caving trek started out miserable because of the slippery rocks! I was just super stressed about falling and really wanted to get the heck out of there, but continued. The guide I had here was not very accommodating in the beginning, so I was ready to pack it in.

I was really glad I didn't! He became a little more helpful, I got a little more confident on my feet, and it turned out for the best. The cave inside was amazing. We went around to different formations, and had to climb through tiny spaces. We had to repel down and climb up using ropes, had to get into freezing cold water up to my chest ( cold showers all week was great training), and basically just climbed around on the rocks that were not slippery.

It was really nice inside and I could have stayed longer inside the cave just exploring, but we had to leave. Again slippery on way out, but so much better going up and out.

I had lunch at the Yogurt Cafe, but really didn't want anything heavy. The food here can be so heavy especially during lunch.

Did a tiny bit of shopping at a place where ladies weave fabric for goods, and at a small stop right outside of Banaue. Then headed back to Banaue for a shower and dinner before night bus to Manila.

Can't believe that I will be getting on a plane in 24 hours after reaching Manila in the morning. I am ready to go home though! I almost would just like to chill my last day before getting on plane, but might as well go out with a bang. I do still have a little shopping to do, but I don't think I will be able to do much cultural shopping in Manila.

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