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The first few days

It took us over 24 hours to reach Thinadoo. We were held up at Male airport for a couple of extra hours and thought we'd missed our connecting flight but fortunately they held the flight for us. We arrived around 5am in the morning and slept until about 11 when we had breakfast and a quick orientation around the island. Thinadoo is very small but larger than I had expected it to be. Life is very slow here and it takes quite a while for anything to happen.

Today we were told that there has been an outbreak of fever among the kids so the schools are closed for the remainder for the week. That means we have a very relaxed week ahead of us. Yesterday Maddie and Candice were lucky enough to be taken on a fishing trip with a few of the locals who used a metal spear to catch and kill an octopus, an eel, and a couple of clams. Lots of the locals have never seen foreigners before (as you have to be invited to inhabited islands in order to visit them) so they often stare at us as we walk down the street.

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This little boy was incredibly excited to have his picture taken. Most of the kids a very shy and hide behind walls to peek at us and some even run away giggling when we try to talk to them.

We've been fed noodle or pasta dishes with tuna for most of our meals. The cooks have been leaving the hot spices out of the meals for us because they don't think we could handle it. Below is a picture of Chappey who has been looking after us really well. He knows pretty much everyone on the island so if we need anything we go to him.

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This morning a Maldivian guide took us out on a boat to a snorkel spot a few hundred meters from the island. We paddled around for a few hours and checked out the cool sea life. Tomorrow morning Asad is going to take us to a nearby uninhabited island that is supposed to have more sea life including turtles and sharks.

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Chappey built this swing on a sand bar where we were this morning. Mads and I were very relaxed from this vantage point as we looked back onto the island or out into the sea. I think I might go join Candice who is outside sketching or see if I can join the local boys in a game of soccer before dinner time.

Posted by SusannahBinsted 06:13 Archived in Maldives Republic

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