I was staying at a pension who’s nosy owner was getting to me. My gut confirmed this to me one night when a young local man lurked around my flimsy room’s door while I showered in the shared bathroom. Not only that but the fairly dire pension house smelled a little like the cross between a genetically altered stale sock and a pre bird evacuated chicken coup.
When I walked into the new backpackers place I was really happy … for a short lived period. Namely, as far as the reception door. They had a remove your shoes policy. If anyone has read my Tibet and India journals you’ll know how much I hate shoe removal.
I have boots, I have socks. If I remove boots and / or socks, the socks and inside of the boot get filthy from everyone’s dirt. Usually young backpackers dirt as they seem to have a problem with keeping clean. In a home carpets and wood floors are usually clean. In a hostel, it’s rarely the same. Too much human traffic.
In the Philippines this is the first time I’ve come across this at a hostel/guest house. In India, Nepal and Tibet it was only in the Temples. And even then I have suffered a loss of sock because of it due to dirt from others. (it’s not easy to find good quality socks in Asia.)
It’s a hostel / guesthouse, not a home nor holy place. Let me wear my shoes.
The second thing I noticed were the strung out hippies. My second annoyance. One half, chilled out on couches reading war and peace novels with dirty feet against the wall and a strange odor hovering around their personal space. The other half, pimple faced fresh on the trail geek’s with LP guidebooks at the ready.
Maybe my time in El Nido had ruined my ability to social integrate with other travelers let alone locals?!
Maybe I’ve become some sort of desert island hermit! … or, maybe I am seeing things with fresh eyes again …
This was all confirmed when one of said occupants started a conversation about what I was planning to do in the capital. I mentioned the stilt houses – he sounded interested. I mentioned where they were (around the corner) He frowned and reconfirmed.
“Well … the houses around the corner.” I shrugged.
“But there’s nothing to see there? And they look really shi … ”
“Have you been there?”
His eyes widened.
The Butterfly effect
Liked this post?
|Never miss a post!
Subscribe to my free newsletter now for weekly updates. (Get my ebook & mobile app for free! )