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13th February 2011

my favorite too...
Ed, just want to leave a note saying I myself am a big fan of this country, not just the spectacular scenery but the amazing hospitality! Of the 115 or so countries I have been to this is #1 for me and I plan to return in the near future. I miss it sorely, never in my travels have I been so taken by simple acts of generosity, to embrace this accommodating culture is reason enough to go there, but the scenery as well is out of this world! spectacular, gorgeous, awesome, visually stunning, am running out of superlatives, just want to say thank you for your story, glad to know am not the only one with the same sentiment about this wonderful nation. more power to you and safe travels dude...
12th February 2011

Mindanao and Tboli
Hi, Thank you for writing your story. I visit Mindanao often, specifically Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos City, Marbel, Surallah and T'boli. I was just the January 2011. I'm from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I love visiting there and have wonderful relationships with Filipinos. I encourage anyone interested to visit, especially if your fiance was raised there. I have a great respect for all Filipinos, especially those who carry on their traditional culture and language. Also, this area is very rich in flora and fauna. If you have any questions about this area, please ask me or someone from there. Peace, Steven
5th February 2011

What a find
Wow, I only recently came across your blog. Awesome entries and photos. Your writings grasp the reader. I am an American volunteer living just 6 degrees N of the equator in Ghana W. Africa. I have been reading your Arctic adventures to my african foster children. I would LOVE for them to also see the pictures but I'm having a hard time saving anything other then your text. Thank you for bloging!
3rd February 2011

aww
you got removed from the featured blogs! it must be the boobs. dont make it the first picture on your next entry. perhaps they wont mind if it doesnt show in their home page
3rd February 2011

Ayt
promoted your blog on my facebook wall. Hope you dont mind!
2nd February 2011

written based on memories?
Date is 2008. From Argentina to Indonesia and all those places I never imagined I'd even visit. Ed, thanks. I feel (privileged) that I am reading a preview of your upcoming book on the many adventures you have made. I enjoyed reading your blog as much I felt pain just looking at the pictures of those piercings!
2nd February 2011
Matses woman, Javari Basin, the Amazon

Thank goodness it doesnt take looking like that, to be fashionable here in Germany where I live. And those nose piercings, I dont even like wearing ear rings... Makes me wonder what the folks in the Amazon think of the way we docorate ourselves.
25th January 2011

Blog of the year, 2010
Congratulations again, to one of TravelBlogs most popular bloggers. :) This blog was nominated one of the best of 2010, in the Europe/adventure category. http://www.travelblog.org/Topics/27154-1.html
24th January 2011

Bruce Parry Eat your Heart Out
Great Blog!
24th January 2011
Nenets children climbing onto a reindeer sledge, Yamal Peninsula

Amazing
Great photos - well done on the trip. Hope to make it there myself someday.
24th January 2011

Question
In any of your visits to the Mangyan villages or other tribes in the PI for that matter, were you ask to rub your saliva to their children's body parts just so to ward off any bad spirit you may have brought with you to their community that will cause them illness? I know that this is somewhat practiced in very superstitious communities but still got surprised when I was asked to do so. It also happened both times with the Mangyans. I'm just happy I wasn't asked to lick them but just to spit on my hand and rub it on to the baby's feet and face!
24th January 2011

Special massages/Babaylan
I'm not religious nor superstitious but indeed these special massages from the Babaylan seem to be effective. I have 3 friends who have pregnancy issues; consulted doctors, etc but only got pregnant after going through the Babaylan. In Tagalog they are called Hilot. Hilot also refers to well, massage. So you go to the Hilot for some hilot :) Up in the northern Luzon the practice of sacrificing animals for special rituals for pretty much anything (treating illness, summoning or casting away spirits) is still done. It is not practiced openly though as the Christian churches deem them to be evil. It is also fascinating to see them adopting both practices - rely on modern medicine and special rituals just for good measure.
21st January 2011

Hey Ed, great entry, don't know how you do it, I probably would have lost several toes due to frostbite. I hate to say the same old thing as everybody does, so: Don't write a book! You'd probably become a famous, rich degenerate, and possibly an alcoholic, and your work will quickly decline in quality. Keep writing the blog, it rules! Jens
20th January 2011

Thanks Bob! I've considered submitting material to magazines but in the end decided I wanted to keep it fresh and unused for my book :)
20th January 2011

Wow!
I have been following your blogs since your life threatening bout with malaria in Mongolia. You are certainly the premier adventure blogger. I look forward to your book. In the meantime have you considered submitting articles to the National Geographic Society or the Royal Geographical Society?
18th January 2011

Amazing blog and pictures!
18th January 2011

There is an idea!
On the Russian TV recently there was very interesting channel of travel "My planet" (type of world Nejshnal Dzhiogrefik). I always with pleasure look it. And you, Ed, look this channel? It is good if you began to remove the travel for TV, as Ponkratov. With your abilities so brightly and colourfully tell event you could to be a success. Think. Your blog should be thrown on a channel site, can it will turn out. To us, your fans, very much it would would be desirable it!
18th January 2011

Anything surprising
It doesn't need to be surprised. Reindeers need some salts, acids and other organic substances which in tundra them doesn't suffice, but is in urine carnivorous which people are. On farms to cows too give additives of salt and other minerals. And you, Ed, absolutely were fresh, therefore there was such fight round your urine. It is strange that Nenets it don't know.
18th January 2011

There is a hope
Yes, preservation of traditional style of life of the people of the Far North Russia (along with Nenets even more 30) causes fear. Excesses basically have been admitted at Soviet Union when the industry inconsiderately interfered in life of these people and nobody took into consideration their interests. But, now, in modern Russia programs on the restoration, the damaged sites of tundra and to preservation of traditions are accepted. Only here the question, whether it will work? The legal base is created, now it is necessary to achieve law execution. For example, it is known that in places of migration of reindeers have obliged to lift gas pipelines over the earth what not to disturb, etc. I give the reference if it is pertinent: http://www.gosrf.ru/journal/article/185 Эдвард, excuse for a long post.
18th January 2011

All I can say is wow. This is incredibly well-written, and it's so brave and honest sounding, but all I can think about is how great of an adventure this had to of been. Just reading it filled me with this sense of complete disbelief. How wonderful! I live in the desert though, I can't even imagine living in a clime so cold! Thank you for putting this on here, it opened my eyes to something I'd never even thought about before.
18th January 2011

Thanks for the comments again people. Yes, cameras do get damaged in those temperatures. I had to keep it hanging around my neck and under my reindeer fur clothing. I would take it out and use it for fifteen minutes, by which time my hands and eyes would need covering up again anyway, then put it back under to warm up for a while.
18th January 2011
Nenets children, Yamal Peninsula

this reminds me of something
Ewoks! theyre so cute
18th January 2011
Nenets children climbing onto a reindeer sledge, Yamal Peninsula

so adorable
this is unbelievably cute
18th January 2011
Nenets children inside a chum, Yamal Peninsula

aww
they look like asian porcelain dolls!
18th January 2011

love it
fresh blood? thats so hardcore! you should audition for the next twilight movie! but seriously, this is very enlightening. i love the photos. i thought cameras get damaged in that temperature. love the clothes. i would have loved to see what you look like with all those reindeer hide juxtaposed with a native.

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