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Published: April 22nd 2014
We wake up early 6am and head out for breakfast on the water. After breakfast Shelly takes another surf lesson. I go along to take a few pictures. Around 9am I take a taxi back to the hotel. I get our passports and head to the Indian Embassy. It is a very long distance away (across the street). Friday and Saturday are the weekend days here so the embassy is open on Sunday. They also don’t celebrate Easter. I walk in and find out all that we need to do. The first thing is to fill in the online application. This is going to be the same long process that I had to do before. Oh, no. I go back to the hotel and start entering all the information. I then discover once you turn in all the information, it takes a minimum of 3 days to process. Oh no. I get the applications filled in except for the pictures right as Shelly walks in the door.
She needs to shower. I pack and try to figure out more what we need to do. We need to pay in local currency so I
head to the bank to get more money. Shelly finds out we can get on the boat with copies of our passports. I take my digital copy downstairs to get a printout and get the final hotel bill. I also find where we can get passport pictures. (digital and hard copy). Shelly comes down and we run to the photo shop. We pay for the expedite service and have the worse pictures we have ever had taken of us. (we look like those celebrity photos when they have been arrested) We head back to the hotel. I log in while Shelly runs across the street to get a list of everything we need. She brings the list back and we have more to fill out. The hotel staff was great. They were making copies of everything we needed,… I was downloading the picture to the application and then printing to pdf so they could print. Unfortunately, the embassy will not except new applications after noon so it has to be turned in on Monday. We convince the manager to take it over tomorrow. We got the package together and finished at 1:0,5 5 minutes after we were supposed to leave. Let’s hope we got everything right, if not, we will be staying in Male for a bit after our sail trip. It feels so funny without our passports.
Next we take the boat to the airport where we meet our group for the boat trip and head to the ship. It’s a 60 ft catamaran. There are 2 other couples joining us and a crew of 3. One couple is Italian, the other is from Brazil and Canada and live in Australia. They are really nice. Our room is bigger than last year. J
Dinner was great and then I went to bed early (8:30) They turn the AC off at night. Oh, it got so hot. All the couples want to talk with the captain today to see if they can run it in the evening.
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