Two years with my best friend. The Maldives was…amazing, incredible, delightful, beautiful. Ken and I spent time laughing, relaxing, playing games, windsurfing, snorkelling, reading, and just having an absolutely incredible time in a picturesque place. The Maldives was awesome!
In my last post I told you all I was leaving my phone at home. I wanted to concentrate on my time with Ken, disconnecting from the outside world. Am I ever glad! For 2 key reasons: firstly, it was our anniversary trip and spending every waking moment hanging out with the love of my life rather than focussing on externalities was a blessing.
Secondly, Ken and I both witnessed the ramifications of people who did not take the time to disconnect: indeed, we peacefully watched several out-of-this-world sunsets while people next to us were focussed instead on their miniature screens. We watched as couples and families sat around the dinner table playing or chatting on their phones rather than spending time together.
All I will say is that as much as Instagram, Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, and all these other social media sites help us to connect…sometimes the best way to experience while travelling is through pure disconnection! This post will be me sharing some of our highlights – a beautiful place with memorable pictures.
But first, let me say that by “experiential” travel this time, I don’t mean about the country. Sure, we did try to chat with the resort staff, take in the scenery, and get to know a few things about the Maldives through reading and asking. But let’s be honest – sitting on a resort is NOT the best way to get to know a country. I recognize that. But what I did get in experiencing was time with my husband. And that, dear friends, was exactly what was of the essence. Sometimes experiencing is more about relationships while travelling, rather than the travel itself. (side note: there will be a future post on how to pick resorts to ensure that they contribute to economic development).
But for now, here’s a few of my favourite pictures that capture the beauty that is this wonderful country made up of many islands…
Dolphins..and on the boat watching the dolphins!!!
So there’s your little glance in our week away to celebrate two years of marriage! I’m blessed to have the greatest life partner…and to have experienced such a perfect time away with my best friend!