I took a boat into Male today. It is a small capital city, only 100,000 people. The architecture is very eclectic. Very unusual shaped buildings. When we flew in last week I found out that the Maldives are a Muslim nation. They were all converted in the 12th century.
There was not a whole lot to see, but I loved the plant life! There were pothos ivies growing up trees like I had never seen before. The leaves were larger than my head! The vines themselves were around three inches in diameter. It was unbelievable! I loved all the bougainvillea, and plumeria that grew everywhere. I love tropical plants and it is so much fun seeing them all grow in their natural environment. Very impressive.
We went to a Muslim prayer center, and were allowed to go in, however I opted out of it. I really was more concerned about the shopping. The shop here at the resort is ridiculously expensive and I needed a few things. Come to find out, nothing is cheaper in Male. The boat ride cost me $60, then I bought two tubes of sunscreen for $30. I wanted to get some summery skirts, since I didn't bring any with me. However, I decided I had spent enough money. So it really ended up being about a $100 trip for sunscreen.
While I was there someone brought my AC adapter for my computer. The resort took it into town to have it looked at. I was amazed that they could just track me down. We spent the majority of the trip into Male looking for a new AC adapter for my computer, and to no avail! I have ordered one from the states and am having it delivered to the boys' grandmother who will rendezvous with us in Singapore.
So it seems that I will not be able to post pictures for a week, at least. That is provided the new AC adapter works. Pray that it does!!!! I can use the resort computer occasionally to post and check email. I will continue to take pictures and will try to do a picture post to catch you up to date.
Today we go to the Soneva Gili Sixth Sense resort for one night (Monday), then we are off to the One and Only in Reethi Rah tomorrow (Tuesday). We have been staying at the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, but when our plans changed and we decided to come to the Maldives early, we had to take what we could get. That is why we are kind of bouncing around. But it gives us the opportunity to see more of the islands. We originally only planned to be at the One and Only from the 20th-26th, but then decided to come on Valentine's day. Which gives us a couple days shy of two weeks here! I'm in heaven!