After months of planning (and haggling), this outing finally pushed through. I was not expecting much, land travel is so exhausting, I just told myself that I will try to have fun no matter what. I didn’t have to try, it was really fun!
We left Manila at about 7pm via Dominion Bus (cause it was the cheapest). We reached Vigan at around 4 am and started taking pictures right there and then. The city had that vintage feel in spite of the big, and pretty Mc Donald’s building and other modern structures. The famous Crisologo Street with its cobblestone path and ancestral houses was mesmerizing.
There were occasional joggers who seem oblivious to us, they are probably used to silly tourists awed by these buildings. My camera was not cooperating and I can’t seem to find the correct settings so I settled for whatever image it might capture.
Then we went to the plaza to wait for sunrise and for the establishments to open so we could have breakfast. We had fun playing around with these:
There were some senior citizens and early risers doing Zumba. Some of my co-teachers joined in to shake off sleepiness. Lesson: do not go exploring right out of the bus at 4 in the morning. We then headed to “Hidden Garden.” I did not take a lot of pictures because I don’t feel like it. It was a nice, cozy place and the food was okay but quite expensive for me. After that, we went to “Baluarte” and this guy welcomed us:
I took a few selfies!
By this time the fatigue was settling in. We then headed to a pottery shop. They tried making a pot, curious as I was, I did not try it because I am more tired than curious. Next stop was the “Crisologo Museum.” It showed how the old rich lived from way way back.
The kitchen was really creepy…
After this, we began the long trip to Ilocos Norte.
I felt like the trip was not enough. I wanted to explore more but we could only stay there for a limited time. Since one of my BFF’s is a native of the region, I might go back in the future. =)