Boy, taking a bus or jeepney in the Philippines can be quite an adventure. On more than one occasion, we have found ourselves stuffed onto the roofs along with grandmas, rice bags, chickens, firewood and iron rods holding on for dear life while maneuvering the scary roads of northern Luzon. Luckily, seat belt laws are only enforced for the drivers.
This really takes me back 16 years to when Tony and I made our way from Germany to South Africa overland. Transportation then was also challenging, and a regular bus ride was the exception. I vividly remember riding on a gasoline truck during a lightning storm in Uganda, escaping from police arrest (bogus charges) on an aid truck in Ethiopia, or riding through northern Kenya on an old truck dangling from a couple of narrow iron bars above 100 goats.
Since then, we have mostly managed to get proper transportation and even seats. I’m curious to see what transportation is like in the south of the Philippines. But first we have to get there.