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Travel Blogs from Male
... Clearly they don't have their own unique souvenirs here, so there was tea from Sri Lanka, candles and incense from Thailand, cinnamon and coconut wooden items from Indonesia. And clothes from India. And overpriced magnets. What a shame.
The town ('city') was rather odd. And actually very much like semporna!!
And as the sun was setting, we headed back to our boat for the final night on board and a great last dinner. I've eaten so much food I won't be hungry for ...
We spent just about every waking hour today either snorkeling or eating. It was a great day :)
What we saw:
2 sharks (reef sharks)
7 sting rays
1 sea cucumber
1 sea turtle
1 eel in its cave
1 flounder with its weird eyeballs and incredible camouflage
more fish than we can count, in every color and hue and pattern imaginable!
We rented the snorkels at about 10:30am and waded out on the north side of the ...
... and we all collectively dreamed of a world where our children could be friends and visit each other in Pakistan, Canada, the US and the Maldives without it being anything more than a nice meeting of like-minded people. He told us that he made it clear to his wife before they got married that he "sometimes wears shorts and doesn't have [his] head covered", and that she could make her own decisions about how covered up she wants to be. He did not want to force her ...
... we would pay when we got back but he was adamant that we pay then. So we all did and we got safely back to shore. Not a good story about the Maldives but the water was magnificent when there was no rubbish about.
Walking around the streets was very hot and there were no women to be seen. Possibly because it was Ramadan, we weren't sure. Lots of motor bikes and as everyone told us nothing to see in Male ...
... English in school. But it's use is widespread and to a high level of competence.
Thinking about it as a wider topic, there's been a whole attitude difference to how I found the language problem in Latin America. In fact, the whole situation has been reversed. Over there, it's one language that you need and that's Spanish. Brazil does speak Portuguese but I never went there so it wasn't a problem. Hours and hours were spent with my ...