Mount Pinatubo and again a little Christmas

This week was wonderful as usual. It started with a funny party on Thursday at the place of three German guys. And I can tell – it was a blast! I think the Germans definetely got rid of the cliche that they are stiff and cannot party! It was a fun night with really funny costumes. Thankd to our lovely German guys.
The next day there was the Christmas dinner of the International Office of our University and I have to tell thez reallz took care in doing the dinner. The food was quite good, they had nice decorations and I reallz enjoyed the little Christmas presentations of each country. Afterwards there were also some funny games. To be honest I didn’t expect the dinner to be that nice, but it really was and I am glad I attended.

The next morning or night, however you will call 2.30am, we met for going on a trip to Mount Pinatubo which is actually a volcano. We – that was a Filipino, some Germans, some Bask, an Austrian and one French girl.
Josef who was in charge of organizing the tour had reserved a van for our group to pick us up. But as usual at 2.30am Filipino time, which means: one hour later!
Finally the van came and this meant some relieving sleep for a few hours for us and then we arrived at our starting point for the trip.
We changed from the van into an offroad jeep and went one our through a beautiful wild landscape. Our trip took us though a huge untouched valley and then uo to the mountains. The jeep had a hard time going through little streams, over bumpy hills and rocks, sandy earth roads and so on. We arrived in the mountains at some cottages where some nice Filipinos were saying hello to us. From there we started our hiking trip to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo.
As well as the landscape that we saw before on our way with the jeep, the landscape in the mountains was wild and beautiful. I was happy that it was cloudy during our hike, cos still one was sweating a lot.
Finally we arrived at the huge crater lake of Mt Pinatubo and I can tell – it’s beautiful! The crater lake has the color turquoise and the water is clear. The view from the hills down to the huge crater lake was really impressive.
We went swimming in the cool crater lake and it was so refreshing after our hike. And we were so lucky that the sun came out just right after our bath so that we had a sunbath then on the rocky lava beach.
After we came back from our hiking trip we had some Filipino dinner and then we made our way back home again, which meant finally some sleep again.

In the evening of that day there was a Chrsitmas party in one of the student houses. And although I was not in a party mood I really felt like Christmas cos a lot of people were wearing Christmas hats and dresses. There were homemade Christmas cookies and hot spiced wine (Gluehwein).

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