So I’ve been wandering around Asia for 50+ days now…
I’ve been on roughly a dozen planes, more vehicles with tires in all shapes and sizes than I can count, and even a couple of ferries….
My backpack, Wendy the Wanderer, has been tied to the roof of a large bus with what looked like butcher string for 6 hours, tethered to the back bumper of a pick up truck and taken off-roading, used as a step for 11+ people to get onto a make-shift bus, … and she’s even been (almost) left behind at a bus stop.
But yesterday, at the Mactan Airport, Wendy decided she’d had enough. She wanted to go solo – break these chains (of love).
Listen. I get it.
She’s spent a lot of time with me and, in retrospect, I can see where I’ve been a pretty bad travel companion. Taken her for granted even. I don’t ask her where she wants to go …, or even give her a heads up when we’re leaving. I just pack her up full, hope her zipper doesn’t burst and lug her around. I even complain about her from time to time, saying she’s heavy, but that I wish she was bigger. And, the worst thing? People are ALWAYS asking her weight. And I tell them. Every time. Who likes that? Not this girl. And, judging from the current situation, not Wendy, my trusty, under-appreciated, renegade backpack.
So based on all that, I suppose it serves me right that here I sit, in the same clothes as yesterday (washed (poorly) in the hotel sink), wishing I’d been just a little more thoughtful. Said a few nice things to Wendy so she knew how much she meant to me. If she comes back to me, I mean, WHEN she comes back to me, I promise to be a better backpacker. I WON’T try and jam her closed (if I can help it). I WILL try and keep her out of precarious situations (if I can help it). And, if she comes back with a point of view on where we should travel to next (like a map in her pocket),… We’ll go there (OH MY GOODNESS! THAT would be amazing. :))
*Wendy spotting: Last text update from Kent, the friendly gentleman at baggage claim, has her spotted in Iloilo,… With a potential return to me today even.
Where am I? Posting About: Bohol, Philippines (pics coming soon)
Where Am I? Posting From: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Temperature: Bohol: 29º/85º Puerto Princesa: 30º/86º
Humidity: Bohol: 69% Puerto Princesa: 75%