No Pork...No Alcohol...No stores open on Saturdays
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
53Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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The Colombo airport is small so you need to wait until your flight is posted before you can actually go through to the check in counters...so we were waiting....and waiting...and waiting....
"DELAYED"...the board says delayed until 7:20pm. Originally suppose to leave at 6:30pm. Not too bad...only an hour. So we entertained ourselves, watching Donald Duck on the airport t.v.'s and waiting for our flight to pop up on the Check-In board. There it is!! Time to go...6:30pm! We grabbed our stuff and headed to the entrance...super excited to be heading to the Maldives!
"No...No...No" the security guard says as he looks at our ticket and shakes his head
So a couple minutes pass and we're arguing with him that it's only time to check in...trying to explain that the flight was delayed. We're all looking at the board and he's still refusing us entry!! We actually thought we were doomed...when for some reason, he walked away from us! He quickly returned...and let us in!!! Relieved, we ran to the check in counter...thinking that we were late for our flight, but they would let us on anyway. We get up to the check in counter and the lady is looking through our passports...."Where is your visa for the Maldives?", she asks. WHAT??!! Really? We need a visa for the Maldives? I knew we had looked it up, but maybe we made a mistake and misunderstood?? Then she says, "Do Canadians need a visa for the Maldives?" I replied with a nervous...I hope not! haha. After some investigation, she found where it says we don't and checked us in! Finally...off to the Maldives! We weren't late for our flight by the way...the security guard was just confused I guess...lol
It was dark when we landed, so we had no idea where we were. The people are remarkable here! Complete strangers helping us find our way to the hotel...since the hotel didn't show up to pick us up as planned. The airport is an island of it's own, so we caught the local ferry to the city island of Male, found a taxi, and finally got to our hotel. The morning couldn't come quick enough! So excited to see where we were!
The island is small and crowded...hardly any vegetation...mostly cement. We only spent the one day there before heading out to our resort. And of course...it was a Saturday! In every other country in the world, Saturday is the best day for shopping...but not in Male!! Everything is closed on Saturdays!! We walked around the island, window shopping...haha. At the other end of the island, there is a man made beach...awesome! They sectioned off a portion and made a small bay...completely safe for swimming. Gorgeous blue green water...so clean! We had lunch at a nice cafe on the water's edge and continued on our walk back around the island.
We enjoyed dinner at the hotel coffee shop...on the roof! An open air roof top patio...looking out over the amazing contrast of colors in the ocean, watching the boats come and go...so relaxing. Can't wait to get to our resort!