Go solo backpacking

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I finally decided to go on solo backpacking trip. The chosen destination was Iloilo. I arrived at Iloilo at 5 in the morning. I took a van from the airport to SM Iloilo. Then I asked around how I could commute to La Paz Market. There I had caramel macchiato and puto at the famous Madge Cafe. The drink was delicious! Bot tomention really cheap. I also tried the famous la paz batchoy at Netong’s. Honestly, I did not like it all that much. Then I proceeded to Molo. There I saw the plaza, church, and mansion. I had wanted to go inside the mansion but it would not open until 10am. Then I proceeded to Miag-ao. I rode a very long jeep and the journey took more than an hour. The church at Miag-ao was gorgeous. It had a relly beautiful facade. After walking around, I realized that UP Visayas was located in Iloilo. So I searched itninline and found that  the main campus was actually located in Miag-ao. So, of course I had to see the campus. I saw oble, the fisheries college, the library, the office of student affairs, and the arts and sciences building. Most of buildings looked dilapidated and run-down. There were no students because it was summer vacation. Then, I commuted back to Iloilo City, asked around for directions, then commuted to Carles via van and bus. The next day I went island hopping, exploring Gigantes Islands. 3 of the 5 islands were really beautiful. Cabugaw Gamay, Bantigue, Antonia. I was able to talk to a brother-sister pair and share lunch  with them. The next day I took the bus back to Iloilo City. It was a 4 hour ride. So by the time I checked in to the hotel I was quite tired. So I decided to jo longer go out to explore the city. Finally, on my last day. I went to Guimaras. I rented a tricycle to take me around. At the trappist monastery you could buy different kinds of souvenirs.   The Gusi light house was meh. The ruins were nice though. Island hopping was also possible but there was no joiner tours. I’m sure it would have been fun and beautiful as well. What i really enjoyed about Guimaras is the famous mango pizza. It was quite delicious! Definitely made the trip to Guimaras worth it. I also bought 3 kilos of mangoes to bring home. And that was it. My first solo backpacking trip. I’m sonproudnof myself for having accomplish this feat. But since I’ve done it, I prolly won’t do it again. I realized it really is more fun traveling with atleast one companion. 


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