In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Hobbit Hole, Boracay Philippines
Speaking of dressing up as Literary Characters... Here are a few words about Hobbits:
"Hobbits are little people, smaller than dwarves. They love peace and quiet and good tilled earth. They dislike machines, but are handy with tools. They are nimble but don't like to hurry. They have sharp ears and eyes. They are inclined to be fat. They wear bright colors but seldom wear shoes. They like to laugh and eat (six meals a day) and drink. They like parties and they like to give and receive presents. They inhabit a land they call The Shire, a place between the River Brandywine and the Far Down." -J.R.R. Tolkien
While beach combing through lush Boracay we stumbled upon this little jem. Middle-Earth murals, over-sized chess boards, round doors, and live music at night. Perfectly festive... perfectly Hobbit.
It's the Prancing Pony or the Green Dragon Inn... but you never know who you will meet.
We'd spent all of September and October reading the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings... I carry books with me everywhere. Rolled up in my pockets, bound with rubber bands stuck to maps... my daughters and I huddle around stories every night as we travel. It's amazing the uses one can find for a book, even a small one like this.