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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
We spent Sunday commuting from Tacloban to Surigao, which was another mentally and physically draining experience. Arriving at the Tacloban bus station, we told several people that we wanted to go to Liloan, to get a ferry to Surigao. They put us on a bus marked Guiluan, which i thought a little strange, as Liloan would surely be the last stop. I got a map out and managed to find they were putting us on a bus going east, when we needed to go south! We got off the bus and found another one on our own!
As it turned out, we could only get a bus to Sogod and then had to change onto a jam packed bus for the last stretch of the journey to the port. Thankfully there was one ferry left for the day and we eventually arrived onto the island of Mindanao around 11pm. Unfortunately the port was 10km from town so we had to pay a 'nightly rate' for a tricycle driver to take us into the centre.
We booked into the Lonely Planet recommendation called Dexter's Pension, which was a complete hovel. I swear the guy who wrote the book was on acid when he visited these places. With no energy left and the streets seeming pretty unsafe, we darted to the nearest shop open to get some food before bed. This ended up been a jollibee, the Philippines equivalent of McDonalds. After eating too quickly through hunger and making ourselves feel thoroughly sick, we trudged back to our prison room to go to bed.