For many years now, my friend Matt's wife Iko has been encouraging me and friends from my PhD — Lana, Bill, and Paul — to visit her home country of Maldives. With all of us in the eastern hemisphere (Australia, Singapore, and London, which is partially in the eastern hemisphere), we finally got things sorted and went to Maldives for 10 days over the Easter break last month.
We experienced three different versions of Maldives: the inhabited islands where Maldivians live and work, the water (on and under), and the resorts where rich(er than us) foreigners come to play. Over the next few blog posts, I'll share with you the different worlds of the Maldives I visited. For now, a quick preview of the three worlds: