So I just turned 24
That is an awfully lot of years older than I actually feel like. But that's alright, that's how life works I guess.
It's also my third birthday in a row that I've spent away from Sweden, but this one was a bit diffident on one point:
I got to spend it with at least one member from my family!!
My little sister Nora flew from Sweden to the capital of the Philippines to meet me, and together we spent two days in Manila and then caught a plane to the island of Palawan. Here we have been making our way up north on the island via Puerto Princessa, Port Barton and finally reached El Nido in time for my birthday!
My birthday itself started with us moving hostel, mainly because the one we stayed in was ridiculously overpriced, (but also because a mad Siberian dude, who saw trees talking to him and with a knife on his belt, was up all night banging on the doors and screaming in Russian which kept all of us awake (yeah it's a long story here) stayed there too and made us fear for our lives).
Anyway, we checked in at the new hostel, called Hakuna Matata, a small bamboo building in the heart of El Nido, and they gave me a birthday cake first thing after getting to know what day it was. This is just one of all the things that made this hostel more than amazing.
Birthday cake on the beach before our boat tour
And then we had a boat tour booked, we both were pretty stoked about this one to be honest.
The Philippine boats are amazing, being pretty narrow, they keep the balance with two wings (or whatever you call them, I don't know boats) on the sides, so our ride was very comfortable all throughout the tour.
And the scenery, wow!
All these limestone islands spread all around in pristine and crystal clear water and sheltered coves with small tunnels in the mountains made this picturesque landscape look like real life postcards.
We had in total five stops on our tour and manage to fit in everything from kayaking to snorkelling and swimming. The weather was perfect and we got back from the tour very happy and pleased with what we got out of the tour.
A cocktail in the sunset and a nice dinner on top of that made a perfect ending on this day (for Nora, I ended up being out until half past three drinking half a bottle of rum, pure backpacker style) and I can't really imagine a better way to have spent my 24:th birthday.
Dream team on a kayak tour!
Cant complain about the view here
A lot (read:a lot, a lot) of more things has happened since Nora joined me here, this one just covered my birthday. I'll try to put up another post that shows the two weeks we have had together here whenever I manage to get a reliable internet source and somehow get my pictures from my camera to my phone. Stay tuned!