Rainy Days in Little Corn

by Brenna Holeman
Near El Nido, The Philippines
I was in the Philippines nearly two years ago, and, without meaning to, I spent most of my time on the island of Palawan. I couldn’t resist the warm blue waters and delicious breakfasts, the rainy nights and smiling people. I had intended to travel much more through the country, but, as it happens to all of us all over the world, I fell in love with a time and a place, and I didn’t want to leave.
I am now sitting beside another beach on Little Corn, Nicaragua, this one stretching for kilometres along the beautiful Caribbean sea. But where there were hours of sunshine and snorkelling in El Nido, here there is only thunder and lightning. We haven’t seen calm from the storm in two days; it is gorgeous and dramatic, the seas crashing, the palm trees bent in half, the sky black. Our entire guesthouse is huddled in the main lounge, drinking tea and exchanging glances with each particularly loud crack of thunder. Board games and books and the start-and-stop workings of wifi are our only means of resisting cabin fever. We are all hoping for some sun, hoping for a few days of respite from the heavy rains, hoping to be able to lie on the beach and sip coconuts, the way paradise always promises us we’ll do.
Back to the Scrabble, the dog-eared novels, the counting of the waves…
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liveletlive July 7, 2012 - 4:44 pm

it was a great interview! love their blog…

This Battered Suitcase July 7, 2012 - 5:17 pm

Thank you! And yes, their blog is fantastic…

Tom July 8, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Congrats on the gig, Brenna! 🙂

BTW what is that breakfast?!?! It looks fantastic. I know there are beaches and water in the photos too, but all I can see is the food…

This Battered Suitcase July 9, 2012 - 2:49 am

Thanks, Tom!

That breakfast was indeed fantastic – sticky rice, sweet pork, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, and a french press to wash it all down. Heaven!!

The SoleSisters July 11, 2012 - 2:44 pm

So happy to have you contribute on the blog Brenna! You’re an awesome Sole Sister!

This Battered Suitcase July 11, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Yay! Thank you, Lois! So excited to be a part of the team…

his little lady July 15, 2012 - 11:43 pm

just stumbled across your blog through your interview. your life and these pictures are just so inspiring!!
what a beautiful location!
xo TJ

This Battered Suitcase July 16, 2012 - 4:40 am

TJ – Thank you so much! I’m glad you like my blog!!

Mick October 3, 2017 - 5:07 pm

Hi Brenna! I love that you went to El Nido! The first time I went was in 2013, and went back in 2016….and couldn’t believe how much of an increase of tourism between those years. You visited just in time before all the tourists came in!

Any plans to visit other islands in the Philippines?


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