It seems that much of an area's culture revolves around the various forms of transportation used. This is true of the Philippines. We are amazed by the variety found here and see something new each time we go out.
|'Manila' style in Cebu|
Of course there are motorcycles everywhere. Some are for hire and will take one or two passengers wherever they need to go. Due to past injuries and the additional risk involved, missionaries are no longer allowed to catch a ride on a motorcycle. This does place some limitations on the areas they are able to cover, but also helps mission presidents sleep better at night.
This next series was taken one day as we were stopped because road construction allowed only one lane of traffic at a time. It shows what happens anytime traffic is backed up - motorcycles seem to come out of nowhere and fill every available space.
Motorcycles will - literally - fill every available space.
|Notice the direction of travel.|
Here are a few different trucks. Some of these small trucks would be really nice to use around home.
|Setup to bring family to church.|
Carrying passengers in the back of trucks is common place.
This was something that came as a total surprise. Most of the motorcycles we see are lightweight and very maneuverable - but there are alternatives available.
Thought for the week:
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."