Layovers are a big part of travel. I’ve been on a countless number of layovers in the past and when unprepared, it becomes a sullied “what-now?” kind of moment. On the first day of our six-day backpacking journey around Romblon, we had our first layover. A five-hour stop at Romblon’s capital as we waited for the ferry that will take us to Sibuyan.
We arrived at the Port of Romblon at around two in the morning. It was dark out. Vendors followed us around selling eggs, siopao, bibingka, coffee and cup noodles. There wasn’t much to do while it was dark out. A number of my friends brought books with them, as did I. Each one of us planted ourselves in the hard, blue plastic chairs in the Romblon Terminal to read up.
As the sun rose, we did too. There were still a couple of hours before the ferry to Sibuyan would arrive. Cameras on hand, we explored the sleepy town of Romblon.
Walking around, we saw flags and what looked like a view deck atop a small hill. After asking directions from some locals, we found ourselves at the foot of the hill at the entrance to Fort San Andres.
We climbed up the steps and checked out the ruins, peeking in the locked door of the fort’s ruins. We couldn’t go in, so we busied ourselves taking pictures.
As it neared 7AM, we made our way back to the terminal, the ferry to Sibuyan would be arriving soon, and we’ll be on our way to explore more parts of Romblon.
This post is part of a series I wrote about a recent backpacking trip around Romblon, with a side trip to Boracay. Check out the other posts by clicking on the links below:
- Layover Romblon, Romblon: The Ruins of Fort San Andres
- The Long Road(?) to Sibuyan, Romblon
- Beachbumming in Cresta de Gallo and the Sunset Over Azagra
- Toploading to Dagubdub Falls
- Jumping off a Ledge in the Cantigas River, Romblon
- Speeding to Looc, Romblon
- Swimming with the Fishes: A Visit to the Looc Fish Sanctuary
- Place Your Bets! Attending a Local Fair in Looc
- A Quick Stop at Carabao Island
- So this is Boracay
- Parasailing Over the Waters of Boracay
- SUP?! Stand Up Paddleboarding in Boracay