Say what? A sign at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu proudly proclaimed Nepal as second to Brazil in water resources. I did a double take, unable to wrap my head around the idea of this tiny landlocked country nipping at the heels of the world’s fifth largest. Brazil was drained by the Amazon and bordered by the Atlantic. I could not even name one river or lake in Nepal, known for its mountains, not bodies of water.
It dawned on me that every city in the Philippines most likely had a street named after our national hero Jose Rizal. Dumaguete certainly was no exception, but its acacia-lined Rizal Boulevard was in a league of its own. With due respect to our hero, locals would often drop the name Rizal. The street and promenade along Tañon Strait could stand on its own merit as, simply, the Boulevard.