I’m too tall for public transportation in Asia. For most of the five hour ride from El Nido, my knees were stored at weird angles against the seatback in front of me.
The driver did his best to make the ride a short one and piloted the vehicle across gravel and tarmac in a way that would have put Colin McRae to shame and seemed to defy the laws of physics.
I love that stuff, makes me feel so alive at the end of the day.
Providing accommodation for me in Puerto Princesa was Jonathan, a local couchsurfer and serviceman on long vacation. His place is what I like to call a CS hostel – lots of beds, lots of people and a great vibe. Beats any regular hostel and reminded me of my stays in Chiang Mai and Phnom Phen.
With our host being vegetarian, we ate only at according restaurants and I have to admit, it was really good. Pleasant change from the meat and fish surplus the previous weeks provided.
Jonathan is a kind and very friendly man, making him an ideal host. Him being a member of the Navy special forces is another great example of how using couchsurfing does not only get one in touch with people from all kinds of countries but from all walks of life as well. Interesting stories he had to share and an amazing performance on the guitar he delivered.
On a side note: visited one of the new seven wonders of the world, the Sabang underground river. Interesting experience but the short boat ride does not really do it just – exploring it individually would be truly awesome.