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    Farewell to the Maldives

    Our Full Time Travel Life Continues

    Three weeks went by really fast – surprisingly fast for as quiet as it is here.  We really practically had nothing to do, in our little piece of Maldive paradise…but we found ourselves relishing the peace – just our cup of tea in a life of full time retired travel.

    Morning coffee

    Three weeks in one place was great.  Even better, three weeks on an island that is only a mile and a half circumference, with no cars, restaurants or nightlife.  Hardly any shops.  What we did find on the island of Huraa was a quiet, religious and extremely friendly community, a great place to work-out everyday, a comfortable resort with good food and relaxing atmosphere, and a beach.

    Perfect.

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    Snorkling in the azure sea

    Our day consisted of getting up before nearly all the other guests, doing yoga and cardio on the beach for an hour and then walking or running two or three times around the island (twice = 3 miles, thrice = 4.5).  Next we had breakfast, then usually went to the beach sometimes til lunch others times skipping lunch and staying all day. This workout routine is a high priority for us in our life of full time retired travel.

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    Romantic Beach Dinner

    A couple of times we went on snorkel excursions to smaller islands in the atoll.  Afternoons we played scrabble, read (a total of four books in three weeks), and spent hours and hours doing technical work to the blog. I spent one entire day in the hammock working on the blog. It is up-to-date and in good shape!

    Since there is no alcohol on this Muslim island we often splurged on an ice cream bar in the afternoon instead.   A little treat on a hot tropical island.

    Most days included a walk to the point to watch the sunset followed by dinner at 7:00 each night in the outdoor restaurant. The rest of the evening spent relaxing and reading.  What a life huh?

    We have loved our time here.  We feel healthy and rejuvenated and ready for what’s next.

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    Sunset on Huraa

    So what is next? Two days in Singapore, followed by a week visiting my niece and her husband in Guam.  Then a month in Australia, before meeting our friends John and Carole for three weeks in Bali.

    The days ahead will fly by, and April 22nd will be here before we know it.  That’s the day we sail from Sydney on a 23 day cruise back to the USA for a ten week visit.  We arrive Seattle May 14th and depart again August 7th as we plan to continue this life of full time retired travel.

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    Morning yoga on the beach

    So thanks for continuing to follow.  Our time in the Maldives has given me the opportunity to do some more major work to the blog and I am really excited about moving forward with new opportunities to share our adventure through the blog –  I hope you are too.

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    Affordable Peace & Quiet on the Maldives

    Hoorah Huraa

    Location: Maldive Islands

    Affordable Peace & Quiet on the Maldives

    Yes the water really is that color

    We’ve been breaking our own rule of slow travel lately with some whirlwind activity through India and Bangladesh. So we were looking to recenter and refocus on our goals. And we found the perfect place. Affordable peace-and-quiet on the Maldives. Hoorah Huraa!

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    Sunset from Huraa

    We didn’t specifically choose the island of Huraa. Rather we chose the affordable Airbnb (Beach Heaven)here. As nice as it would be to stay in one of those mega expensive over the water thatched roof bungalows you see in the Maldives marketing material – that is not in our budget.  Nor really is it in our keep it simple and affordable style.

    Affordable Peace & Quiet on the Maldives

    Looking across the channel to the very expensive Club Med from our sweet little spot

    We chose to spend three week’s at the “keep it simple” Beach Heaven Hotel where for $90 a day (total not per person) we are enjoying a small but comfortable room, three meals a day, coffee, tea and water all day and other non alcoholic drinks available for a tiny price.  We also have great WiFi (a surprise), a patio table to play scrabble as well as hammocks and lounge chairs to read in and a beach five minutes walk away.

    There is a tiny-little community here on Huraa but no cars.  That makes walking the crushed coral narrow streets each morning another bonus.

    Affordable Peace & Quiet on the Maldives

    Google map image of the island of Huraa

    We thought the island we stayed on in the Seychelles was small- well you could put about 200 Huraa’s on the Seychelles island of Praslin.

    There are a couple of tiny stores, a couple of other tiny resorts, and a school.  Many of the locals work at the three resorts on the neighboring islands where over the water huts run about $1500 a night, all visible from our $90 room at Beach Heaven.

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    Colorful house on the crushed coral streets of Huraa

    The Maldives are a devout Muslim nation and Huraa has a small mosque. And of course no alcohol, tobacco, or pork.  We are using these three alcohol free weeks to really focus on our health. Although I’ve been suffering since Bangladesh with a cold, we are enjoying early morning beach yoga daily, cardio every other day and power walking most days. You must circle the island twice to walk three miles.  The highest point on the island is about five feet.  So power walking is easy.

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    The atoll of Maldives showing all the islands with resorts

    The Maldives are an atoll.  I believe this is my first visit to an atoll. An atoll forms when an ancient
    volcano sinks into the sea from the weight of the coral building and growing on the fringe.  This leaves a ring of small coral islands with a lagoon center.  Coral is  everywhere  here – the sand on the beach is fine coral, the roads are crushed coral and coral is used as stone for building houses.

    Affordable Peace & Quiet on the Maldives

    No cars on Huraa but a few scooters and golf carts and whatever you would call this cute thing.

    We have eaten fish everyday so far and the tuna is especially fresh and delicious.

    We still have more than two weeks here, and we plan to take some snorkeling excursions as soon as my cold goes away.  But meanwhile we are just enjoying this unique place, a great find with affordable peace and quiet on the Maldives.

    Hoorah Huraa.