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Monday, July 20, 2015
THE MALDIVES: Idyll in the Indian Ocean, Guest post by Ann Stalcup
My friend and fellow children’s book writer Ann Stalcup and her husband Ed love to travel. In June 2014 they went on a trip to the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Here are a few photos and a report from their week at a resort in the Maldives.
The Maldives consist of almost two thousand coral islands, most no larger than a football field. The country’s highest point is under eight feet. With the rising oceans resulting from global warming, predictions say the islands may disappear in a few years.
More than 100 of the Maldive islands are resorts. The Maldive island we chose to visit was idyllic and the food was superb. We had a gorgeous overwater bungalow and spent a lot of time there enjoying the sound of waves lapping under us.
Swimming was disappointing. I’d imagined being in and out of the water all day long but where the waves broke were hundreds of bits of razor-sharp coral. Neither of us had beach shoes, just rubber beach sandals, so a torturous once-a-day beach swim was all we could manage. But it was a lovely week none-the-less. Ed swam from the stairs of our bungalow or we lolled on chaises on our over-water deck.