And so we leave our Island
The logistics almost made me say, “No way, Jose!”
But I’ve had this nagging feeling. Our year long journey has all been going to plan: Europe and now SE Asia. Except, somewhere back there in the beginning, I wanted to spend time with indigenous people either in the Philippines or in Papua New Guinea. I really thought that if I just imagined it enough, it would come to be. No such luck.
Then, I hoped that by coming to an island, to Koh Mak, I would find a sailboat that would be heading to the Philippines, and I could catch a ride there.
Funny enough, it’s not such an impossible idea. This is the time of year to be sailing this region of the world, and there are many great websites like findacrew.net and crewbay.com that help to hook up boat owners with crew.
BUT! We are not where these boats go. We are on an island that people reach by speedboat to stay at a resort for a week or 3. There is no sailboat community here. Those are in Pattaya and Phuket in Thailand, both very large, ugly coast cities. We decided enjoying our coastal life was more important than catching a boat ride with our bicycles.
And how to find an indigenous tribe? We went through indigenous villages high in the mountains of Laos. There is a catch. WE DON’T SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE. I had fun moments with the mountain people, but I didn’t get to live their everyday life.
So, I turned to the internet once again for help. www.helpx.net, and found an organic farm in the Philippines run by the indigenous people of the Mt. Province region. www.layogcountryfarm.com
We have been invited to join them. We arrive in the Philippines March 18th and will stay for a month. So, I’ve found my indigenous people.
And, we are leaving our island.