“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”
– Rudyard Kipling –
I couldn’t have said it better than Kipling! What I truly love about traveling is not just about getting to new place but about being fully immersed in the culture, getting to know the people and experiencing their lives; not just as a tourist but as a friend, not just to smell it but also to see, hear, taste and feel it. This was exactly what I did when I was in the Philippines more than 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to visit the Chocolate Hills in Bohol when I was there.
The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. The hills, which look like giant mole hill, consists of at least 1,268 individual mounds that are spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres. The hills range from 30 to 50 meters high and are covered in green grass, which turns to brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name. Are you tempted to take a bite?
Photo credit: Didier Baertschiger, Chocolate Hills, Bohol
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