Saturday, July 10, 2021

A Day of Maldives Leisure

A new and unexpected benefit of being a resident of tiny Meeru Island is that I had nowhere to worry about exploring. Anywhere else I would have gotten restless and felt guilty that I wasn't out seeing the sights and mingling with the locals. As a result this was maybe the longest sit and chill type vacation that I can remember ever having.










I thought it was fun that the food in the cafeteria had these fan things near them to shoo away any possible flies.




It's odd to think that beaches are just big piles of dead animals' body parts. Romantic!










I think the deal was that we had one dinner at a "real" restaurant included in our stay. We picked Hot Rock which ended up being a very odd experience. I think it must have been staffed by buffet cafeteria people or something because they weren't very good at serving.


I don't think I've ever seen a lobster sliced this way before.






Friday, July 09, 2021

Maldivian Eating and Dancing

We spent plenty of time beach bumming around Meeru Island on this trip as you might expect, so meals were the main structure of our day. It was fun that it was a buffet so I could take more risks and try some weirder stuff.


























The poor neighborhood. These poor souls had to walk numerous feet if they wanted to get to the beach. Life isn't fair, I don't know what else I can tell them.








Each of the overwater bungalows had a big pot filled with water and a ladle made out of a coconut shell on a stick in order to wash your feet.




I read a lot about how the water situation works here. I guess there is sort of a groundwater situation happening below the islands but that the seawater is also in contact with it, and maybe the two waters just don't naturally mix very well so there's sort of a natural protection for the freshwater below the island? It seemed like a precarious situation to me.




I feel like there's a shell ecosystem here where the snails grow the shells and then the hermit crabs wear them.


It was Maldivian night at the buffet so I was pretty excited to try some exotic stuff.


There is a lot of Indian influence in Maldivian culture. Here a guy was baking naan in a cylindrical tandoor oven. 


















After dinner we headed to a nearby sand floored building to watch a Bodu Beru performance.


Bodu Beru literally means "big drums" in Dhivehi and there is plenty of big drumming to go around. It was less organized that I had expected, and ended up being drumming with a lot of random freestyle dancing. The tempo started slow and then grew faster and faster with dancing to match.










On the walk back to our Jacuzzi Water Villa the snails were having a little buffet of their own.