The next day I stepped out from the hotel lobby onto the street and was surprised to see I was not in a peaceful place. It was traffic chaos! Another overpopulated part of the Philippines filled with intense polluted air.
Baguio is a city originally designed for 100,00 but now has a population of 300,000 and seems the traffic system is failing.
I hopped in a cab and asked the cabby to take me to a nice market. Getting anywhere via taxi or Jeepney at times seemed like mission impossible. So I spent the first few days just walking around the city on foot exploring every nook and cranny.
Now when it came to food Baguio is place dominated by Fried chicken and Balut (egg with duck embreo! ? but I actually discovered the most amazing vegan restaurants I have ever been to in my life! See this blog HERE
My search for something peaceful first lead me to the outer parts of Baguio the first being Trinidad to a place called the Bell church. I walked down a small lane that led me up to a temple filled with Buddhist and Warrior statues and magical ponds filled with Lotus flowers. Children performing a ceremony with a Chinese dragon, running and jumping in formation. I sat and watched in a while in awe and then climbed the staircase past little huts and statues until I reached the top to view the entire city and temples below me.
I looked out over the city. Baguio is such a secluded city, its a far away place, like another world, so far from my home in Australia. I felt like a tiny spec in this place but sitting high above the Bell Church I felt a great peace and enjoyed the moment and what I was experiencing.