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Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 22nd 2016

Earlier in the month Kyle was focused on his bucket list item of running the NYC Marathon, but now he is focused on his dream SCUBA diving trip in the Maldives! When we originally thought about traveling to India, the goal was just to find a good place for Kyle SCUBA dive, but after further research we realized it would not be too much extra effort to get him to a top notch diving destination by adding the Maldives to the end of the trip. And once we heard that Kyle had it on his bucket list, we could not resist! So we showed up at Lily Beach in the Maldives with one goal: great SCUBA diving for Kyle. Kyle showed with an even more narrow goal: swim with whale sharks. (This is not to be ... read more
By the Dive Boat
Kyle's Night Dive
Swimming with Kyle

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 21st 2016

We visited the small fishing village of Mahibadhoo which was about a 45 minute boat ride from our island. It is home to 2,000 people who are mostly muslim. The island is so small, you can stand on main street and see the ocean to the north, the ocean to the south, the ocean to the west and the ocean to the east. The primary industry for the people of the island is fishing. The village, colorful and quaint, is untouched by tourism. It was a quiet and down-to-earth visit in contrast to the luxury of our island resort.... read more
Waiting for the Boat
Wall Art
On the Streets

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 21st 2016

It wasn't a short or easy trip, but we have landed in the Maldives. We left India on a little prop plane and landed in the capital city, Male. There we got a sea plane transfer which dropped us in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Luckily a boat was waiting for us and took us to the island of Huvahendhoo. Needless to say, it was worth the hassle. Here we are, in paradise. The noise, grit and crowds of India seem like a million miles away as we are surrounded by nothing but palm trees and clear blue ocean waters. Having a husband who loves to SCUBA diving has it's advantages. It is a sport that typically involves tropical locals, the dive centers usually partner up with a grand resort and there is no expectation ... read more
Aerial View
From Our Sea Plane
Beach Side Bungalow

Asia » Maldives November 18th 2016

Covering this much ground in India and then traveling to the Maldives meant that we had to test several modes of transportation. Some were fun. Some were exciting. Some were efficient. Some were not efficient. Overall, we enjoyed, survived and endured. In India, we traveled the roads from Delhi to Mukungarh to Pushkar to Jaipur. From Jaipur we flew to Bangaluru. Then we traveled by car to Coorg to Medikeri to Moodibidri and to Mangaluru. We hopped the train down the coast to Kochi. Back in the car we travelled to Aleppey to spend some time on the water. Then we drove to Vagamon into the hill country. Our last leg in India involved us returning to Kochi. In Kochi, we started the easy, but complicated process of getting to the Maldives. To get to our ... read more
Waiting for the Train
Kerala Houseboat
Our Favorite Ride

Asia » Maldives » Ari Atoll November 18th 2016

There is no question one of the things we love the most about aa overseas trip is the opportunity to slow things down and observe the world. When we travel, we have the chance to sit back, breathe and actually savor moments like meals or coffee breaks. We are able to set the pace so that we can drop everything for high tea or just plop down at a cafe to chat and soak in the surroundings. If doesn't take an expert in human behavior to deduce that we really like to enjoy our meals. Yes, we like food. We like the process. We like the novelty of new foods. We like the comfort of good food. We like the culture of meal times. And, yes, we like the consumption! Kyle likes to joke that dad ... read more
Camp Bliss
Coffee at the Train Station
Orange County Coffee

Asia » Maldives June 14th 2016

Hey all! Hope you're enjoying the football...! Monday 6 to Thursday June 2016 – Bangalore Monday was a tough day. I started off optimistic… got up early, had a good breakfast… left for gym at 9.30am… and got there 10.20am. 50 minutes to get 1km!!! I know I could have walked faster (or as Brian suggested, jog… take it off the cardio time) but I had too much stuff. The delay was a combination of taxis not turning up and traffic. But I still did my workout J The way home was also frustrating. I left at 7pm and I got home at 9pm. I wanted to do some food shopping but was too late and as the monsoon had started and the rain was so bad I couldn’t get out to go to the ATM ... read more

Asia » Maldives » Haa Alif Atoll June 4th 2016

From last blog... Frankfurt (Germany) - Male (Maldives) - Alifu Alifu Atoll - Bodufulhudhoo Island - Male Holy shit how do I even start writing about how amazing this place is, from the beginning I suppose. As mentioned last time we had scored a super cheap (and direct I might add which was a major plus) flight from Frankfurt to Male, one we gobbled up as soon as we found it. Purchasing that ticket instantly made us happy as the Maldives have been in our top 3 places we want to visit for a long time but as these islands can be cost prohibitive (an average room price per night is about $300-700USD, some in the tens of thousands!!), we have just not been able to afford it - UNTIL NOW! There has been a recent ... read more
Teri and the little Manta
Love this turtle shot!!!
Chillin on our beach!

Asia » Maldives » Male Atoll April 6th 2016

Yet again I found myself sleeping at the Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo. This time, however, it was more than unexpected. I had been on a China Eastern aircraft for the past three hours, but we didn't actually move anywhere. Initially we didn't even know what the problem was, but I surmised that it had to do with the air conditioning system because we were all boiling on board. The passenger sitting next to me was named Nuzz. He was from south India and going on a small trip with his girlfriend. We chatted for quite a while and he asked me many questions about my home and my travels. He was particularly impressed that I was traveling alone, but I assured him that I do it all the time. The captain finally announced on the ... read more
Sitting in Front
Male
Pickup

Asia » Maldives March 7th 2016

“OMG !!! Is this for real?” This was the first thing I asked myself as soon as I saw the ocean from the window seat in the flight that I was about to set foot in the Maldivian soil. This was the first time that I went to Maldives and not even 5 seconds since I landed in this magical islands I fell in love with the beautiful ocean, the beach and of course the atmosphere of the country. Since I got there early in the morning (around 7am) I decided to check in with the hotel and then start my adventure by looking for a place to have breakfast. Even though the hotel provided us breakfast I decided to have something from outside because that’s why I came here in the first place, to try ... read more
Yeah I did it !!!
The white sand bank in the middle of the ocean
The beautiful Airport




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