I’ve never been the fastest blogger, but I swore to finish writing about my Ilocos trip before my next trip. But alas, here I am resting in my hostel room and trying to at least make up for my overwhelming backlog!
Ilocos was lovely down to our last hour in it. During our last day, we did a lot of touring old houses, churches, and museums. We sadly didn’t get inside the Marcus Museum and Mausoleum because there’s no electricity! I don’t think it’s much of a waste though. I had a good time touring the old mansions, particularly Juan Luna’s Ilocos home in the north and the Syquia masion in Vigan. They both have tour guides, too, and I always enjoy learning a bit about history. Not my strongest subject, but I still enjoy learning something new.
However, the Crisologo ancestral home gave me the creeps! Not just me, too. We all felt a little chill while inside the house, maybe due to the owners rather violent and bloody history. We couldn’t even finish touring it!
After the Crisologo museum, things didn’t turn out that well. Our tour guide dropped us off Cafe Herencia along Calle Crisologo and we spent the remaining time in the cafe. One by one, we started feeling unwell. So instead of seeing the most famous street in Vigan, we just stayed inside. It started raining too so we basically had no choice. Heh. We still saw Vigan’s beauty at night, and that’s something that will always be welcome.
I definitely want to go back to Ilocos because of the food! I swear, it was the food that I enjoyed the most. To think we didn’t even get to try empanada and longganisa! Or maybe we deliberately didn’t so we’ll always have a reason to come back. 😉