EdVallance's Guestbook

29th September 2010
Lubo amid its rice terraces

my home town
....the..nice place that i ever since my word begun for me..
28th September 2010

Good Blog
That's some dreary places you go to. Probably too dreary for my finicky sensibilities. But I like the dialogue you've presented here. It really expands the bleakness of the place, which I think, is a tribute to you.
28th September 2010

Gender.. :)
As a female traveler I would never be able to do a trek like this in a muslim country, so I am amazed and inspired by your stories and can only imagine what life must be like up in those harsh hills.. Well done! What an experience! Regards, LIZ
28th September 2010

Edward, you are crazy!
I don't think I'll ever be able to do these things that you do, thanks for sharing =) Stay safe!
25th September 2010

it's not masochism, because the pain was not something I enjoyed, just something I was willing to go through to see those places! And you're entirely right, the whole thing would actually have been pretty easy if I had just come better prepared with lots of food and thermal clothing. But that would have been putting a distance between myself and the real place, introducing outside elements that would have prevented me from experiencing the place in the same way as locals do; I wouldn't have gained such an understanding of the harshness of their lives.
24th September 2010

youre crazy!
your best entry so far in my opinion. you seriously could have died man. this is masochism. but thanks for doing this for people like me who would never dare. great job! you should write the next Eat, Pray, Love novel. Yours would be a more interesting read for the guys. this journey sounds like a scene from lord of the rings. unbelievable. please bring more medicine, food, and thermal clothing next time. Said is a noble man. He could have easily taken your money and left you alone when you were ill. bring chocolates if youre planning to do this again. it helps uplift ones spirit
24th September 2010

Wrong in every sense...
In this blog all I did was travel in Aghanistan and write down everything I did and every conversation I could remember. Are you really saying that this one quote should have been left out because you don't agree with it? That this person should not be allowed to express his opinion? I believe similar attitudes as yours were prevalent amongst the government of the USSR and probably the Taleban too. I believe they, like you, termed thought and opinion that they did not agree with "criminal". If you want to write another comment please leave out the rude tone and don't insult me personally, or I won't publish it
23rd September 2010

Wrong in every sense....
Equating the taliban to the American led coalition forces is so mind numbingly wrong and outright stupid, regardless of whose mouth it comes out of, that to even give a quote like that space with out qualifying it smacks of... I don't know what... that was a sound byte, pure and simple for the tourist. As a development worker in currently in Afghanistan, I've seen the results of millions of US taxpayer dollars spent on rebuilding schools, and roads, providing educational and vocational trainings, and dedicated people working tirelessly to improve the lot of the Afghans here... to even speak about the taliban and the soviet invasion in the same breath with work of the coalition forces is to demonstrate a criminal level of ignorance
23rd September 2010

Thank you, Ed - fascinating blog. I've been travelling the world overland for the past three years, also visiting tribes, such as the Kalash in the NWFP of Pakistan -- but I have not yet made it to Afghanistan. Thank you so much for sharing! Tiziana www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Travelling-Priestess/
23rd September 2010

Thank you again for the great read Ed. Your travels are immensely charming and as I sit here at work bored out of my tree, they get me through my graveyard shift. Andrea
20th September 2010

Thanks for this nice article! I've allways wanted to go to Yap! Especially Ulithi and Fais since 1970s I firs saw the picks of these wonderful Islands! Good that can read and see from here more! Kammagar!
14th September 2010

Another journey!
Hey, we can't wait to read your next few blogs about this latest journey. Got to hand it to you to make all those heretofore unknown, exotic adventures. Stay safe!
13th September 2010

nice pictures
the kids are beautiful. the older ones must be too if they only learned to use sunblock and moisturizer. sun damage on skin has never been more evident
13th September 2010

Fascinating as usual. Amazing pictures. Seems the vodka has been replaced by bread and salty tea! Reminds me of Yak butter tea with salt that I had to endure in the gompas of Ladakh
12th September 2010

I've said it before but your blog is the best thing on TB by far. I'm smiling from ear2ear Thanks
11th September 2010

im engaged to be married would work best i think
3rd September 2010

true story
oh my god! it's hilarious! no, really. i'm your fan now
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20th August 2010

I'm not sure what's wrong but I definitely left a comment re this photo. anyway ... another exciting story. good job!
19th August 2010

so cute!
another exciting article from you Ed :)
7th August 2010

my worst fears about the ati people is they will become extinct or invisible after a few generations.i mean we will eventually end up having either the egyptian scenario(where the original ancient egyptians who were black were displaced by light skinned asians/arabs) or the brazilian scenario where the descendents of the black african slaves have widely been replaced by mullatos.
6th August 2010

My fiance is from Tboli
My fiance Agnes was born and raised in Tboli and I am very interested to know more about her village and homeland. Thank you Ed for posting such a detalied and interesting account of your trip. I was hesitiant to visit Mindanao bdecause of all the stories about radicals, etc.. but I want to go to visit her village and meet her family, so I feel more reassured it is safe after reading your blog. Thanx!! :-)
5th August 2010

An Instant Classic
Keep these blogs coming
2nd August 2010

What an amazing experience. It's probably the terrifying and/or culturally distinct moments that make it the most worth-while. I work in Inner Mongolia but I haven't had a chance to go to more remote areas in the region. You are a great story-teller, keep up the good work.
2nd August 2010

On the contrary! Being semi-blurred perfectly conveys the rapid movement within the scene and there's just enough detail preserved to show the context. Nice shot - even if it isn't intentional..

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