We flew from Manila to Tacloban and then drove to Guiuan in the evening of New Year’s Eve. As we traversed Eastern Samar at night it was striking how dark it was. When I travel to the rural part of Nova Scotia where I grew up it can be quite dark too, but here what lights there were shone lower to the ground. It was nice to spot celebrations taking shape as we passed.
Today I traveled to Calicoan with some of Tonet’s relatives. The beaches there are incredibly beautiful. We saw some huge waves at a surf camp and did quick visits at a few other spots.