Tacloban – Day 12

My last full day today in Tacloban, so the whole group has headed to the nutrition project, where the volunteers cooked spaghetti, pork and vegetables, and also had a whip around in order to provide a second meal of oatmeal with bananas. The children there love it when we arrive, they know they’re going to get some food but they love to play and are crazy for having their pictures taken, I’ve taken almost 9,000 photographs on this leg of the trip alone! On returning to Tacloban I headed downtown with Kirby and Karen for a farewell lunch (it’s Karen’s last day too) and to grab a few gifts for everyone back home. We ate at a place called Chewlove, and I had a burger and fries (the first bread and potato I’ve eaten in two weeks!) accompanied by some of the nicest ketchup I’ve ever had! In the afternoon it was games time with all the local children teaching us how they play – they have no games consoles or the like, so it was three legged races and blowing elastic bands from the step – games that need minimal equipment but are just as fun to play! In the evening I took Nanay, Tatay, Marc and Marianne to a restaurant downtown called Ocho – it’s Nanay and Tatay’s favourite seafood place, we ate like kings (chilli shrimp, grilled fish, beef kebabs, fish soup and a huge plate of scallops), it was all so fresh and the whole bill came to £35, reckon it would have cost at least £200 in the UK! After returning we watched the Pope’s arrival on television, so many people in Manilla cheering him in, but the thing I remember the most was his skullcap blowing off as he stepped from the plane, as cool as a cucumber he just carried on as though it hadn’t happened! I finished the day with a beer with some of the other volunteers, I’ve met so many amazing people here, and have been offered a place to stay in several countries I’ve not traveled to before so will be definitely taking them up on the offer!  Going to be hard to say goodbye in the morning…

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