TRAVEL // A Letter To El Nido, The Philippines
Dear El Nido,
El Nido, El Nido, El Nido …I just can’t get you out of my head. I can simply not let go of you and truly, I still dream about you. You are too good to forget, too pretty to lose and too amazing to not share our little secret. I saw you and I immediately fell for you, right down at your little streets while the green trees looked down on me. And when I looked up, I saw your mountains.
I’m in love with you, El Nido. In love like I haven’t been before. I love your cute tricycles driving around through your heart. I love your hectic life but laid back character. I love the sea shore at your feet with its thousand shades of blue. I love how you are enclosed by beautiful limestone mountains. I adore your sunsets and the way your mountains continue to rise, even in the water and as far as I can see. I love your whimsical shapes with razor-sharp edges, your hidden bays and white sandy beaches. You are a playground with all your islands, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I still blush when I think of you.
Do you even realize how phenomenally beautiful you are?
You were so soft and sunny and warm. I still feel the warmth tickling by thinking of you. The sun is your muse, the mountains are your strength and the sea is your blood. You live and you don’t need electricity, you are too pure for that. And you are so hard to get, it took me more than a day! From Port Barton I took a boat across the sea to San Vincente, then I traveled through unspoiled nature in fully loaded buses that stopped in every small village on the way. I think they just wanted to postpone the moment of your victory.
Once you are caught in your web, you are prisoner for life. And the prisoners you have amassed, the locals, are beautiful. You make sure they stay pure, grateful and that they wouldn’t need more than just you. You give and you take, you are so full of passion. In doing so, you took the heart of a lot of backpackers as well. And that’s just fine. I don’t want to leave, ever, just like them. The entire island of Palawan is a miracle, but you are more than that. Handcuff me, darling.
You’re a beautiful, almost unattainable town on the island of Palawan in the Philippines, packed with happy people and surrounded by insanely beautiful nature. Unfortunately I’ve escaped. You looked away for just one minute, and I had to take a plane. I am truly sorry, El Nido. I wish I had listened to my heart.