I've flown through the afternoon and night via a steamy Dubai to reach a air like bathwater Maldives. While the moon was out in Dubai and the sky seemed clear, it seemed like we flew between clouds most of the way here. Luckily, there were a few breaks and I could see the islands from the air. It's an incredible site. Tear shaped bits, and one like a human head. They're incredible. They rise from the depths of the deep blue Indian Ocean into a spectrum of blues until they reach white at and above the surface. It's like nothing I've seen before. After landing at Maldives International Airport, I hopped on a ferry to Male'. The ferry ride was a rough one, especially as we left the shallow waters of the airport marina and headed into the open water. There are a ton of boats around--some large cargo-looking ships, some smaller. The capital seems misplace: a modern looking city with high rises in the middle of the ocean. I've just checked into my hotel and in a few moments, I'm off to explore. Looking forward to getting my bearings and a full night of sleep.
I posted a note on President Nasheed's facebook page and got a response to e-mail him, so I will be doing that today. Also looking forward to meeting up with my contact, Shaahina.