Jeepney Ride

For our only full day in Manila, Lolade and I were really unsure of what to do.  Luckily, it was a bright sunny day, and most of the flooding had subsided so it was the perfect day to explore some of the city.  While I was having breakfast at the hostel, I asked the staff where we should go.  They brought us over to map of the city and pointed to where we were and a few site that weren’t far away.  One of them was the Intramuros, and Chris told us that it would take about 20 minutes to walk there, but if we just walked a few blocks from the hostel, we could catch a jeepney that would take us all the way there. Although we were a little nervous, we decided to give it a try.

The famous Jeepneys. People hop on and off. It gets extremely crowded, sometimes some are forced to almost hang off the back or side.

People hop on and off the back and it costs 8 pesos, which is about 20 cents.  The destinations are written on the side, but you have to be fast and they get REALLY crowded.  They are also known to be very colorful, and of course, horrible for the environment.

On the way to the jeepney stop, we got asked by probably ten people if we needed help, a taxi, etc.  We kind of had to keep our heads up and act like we knew what we were doing.  I also saw a woman walking down the street holding the hand of a completely naked little boy.  The first jeepney we got on turned out to be the wrong one.  I’m glad we asked!  We quickly hopped off and onto the right one.  It really was only about a 5 minute ride, but it was a fun experience.

Next post will be about exploring the Intramuros!

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