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Trip to The Maldives

Trip to The Maldives

20 April, 21:04

Nazenin Tokuşoğlu talked about the Maldives, which we often see on billboards and where Turkish movies are now filmed.
The Republic of Maldives, or the Maldives as it is known ...
As most travel enthusiasts like me would agree, the most beautiful and delightful of the great seas is located in the Indian Ocean, south of Sri Lanka. It is a state consisting of 1200 islands with a population of 350 thousand, but only about 300 of these islands are habited. That's why it never goes out of fashion. There are people searching for the empty islands all the way from Turkey for investment purposes as well as those who travel to the other end of the world to spend their holidays laying on silk soft sand. The hotel I went to on my annual leave was not a Turkish initiative, but hotel employees said that the number of Turkish customers has increased considerably recently.

 

Conservative Turks stay in the rooms with a pool.
 My witnesses are also ready; there were 4 Turkish couples on the island where I stayed. The two couples had come here for their honeymoon; one from the conservative segment ... the other couple had wine glasses and they were dancing. The third couple is married with children. The last one is again obviously conservative, married, but fit in the crowd by playing billiards and drinking virgin pina cola at the bar ... And of course there's me! If they wrote the article, I don't know how they would describe me. Conservatives stay in rooms with private pools. Thus, they enjoy this paradise island in the pool even if it is not in the sea. According to the rumors on our island, Turkish investors have reserved one side of their island to women and the other to men. There is nothing strange about this for the Maldivian people, who are governed by Islamic Rules. On the other hand, I am thinking of other Maldives-like islands in the world; for example Phi Phi Island in Thailand, Zanzibar in Tanzania or Ibiza in Spain ... Places where full moon parties last for days and no one cares about sunbathing topless or even going around naked ... So Maldives can be considered the only one of its kind in the world. Alcohol and pork are forbidden in the capital Male, the penalties are high. However, in the hotels, on the islands where the local people do not live, alcohol is free, and there are also dishes containing pork (with a statement that shows the food contains pork). But no matter how free it may be, I have never seen someone sunbathing topless and got crazily drunk ...

Maldives will disappear in 100 years!
Australia has granted right of asylum to the Maldivians, as the Maldives is expected to sunk within 100 years due to global climate changes. The ocean is constantly rising and indeed the waters are engulfing the islands over the years. In fact, 100 years is an optimistic period, according to some scientists, this goes down to 10 years. So you may have the last 10 years to say to your grandchildren "Look, my son, there used to be a country here, we went with your grandfather"! Ahmed, the captain of the boat I went to the island from the airport, personally observed that tens of meters of beach had disappeared. There is no way to prevent this. With the financial support of Japan, waves were prevented from coming on an island, but this measure does not change the fact that the island will be inundated, it only delays it. The state built an artificial island, higher than the other islands which cost billions of dollars. Initially, 30-40 thousand "personage" from the capital Male started to settle there. This island will take another 60 thousand people in the coming years.

They smile at life
 When you look at the food, smells and the faces of the employees in the Maldives, iv evokes the feels of India. On the other hand, its flowers, the calmness of its people, their gentle demeanor, and their smiling faces remind one of Nepal and Buddhism. When I was in Nepal I said "Why is everyone is smiling, are they crazy?" When I saw the man standing with the same expression during the cremation ceremony of his deceased wife, the penny dropped. That's how they live, they smile at life. If only we could do it too ... Anyway; The people of the island, who were previously Buddhists, converted to Islam on the occasion of Arab merchant Abul Barakhat Al-Bar Bari. Having struggled with the attacks of the Portuguese and the Dutch in the past, the Maldives had to submit to the domination of the British for 75 years. They gained independence from England in 1965. The Monarchy was abolished in 1968 and the republic was adopted, albeit symbolically. Tourism started to develop in the early 1970s. Today, tourism is the country's largest source of foreign currency and accounts for 20 percent of the country's economy. Countries with the highest number of tourists are as follow; England, Italy, Germany, Russia and France. My observation is that the number of Russian and Turkish tourists has increased significantly ... The Maldives, which has been marked as a honeymoon land until recently, is on its way to becoming a place for reading and retreat for 3-4 days, just like I did, with direct flights, which Turkish Airlines set up during the hours that didn't kill the day.

I truly fell for these about the Maldives...

  • People from different countries, cultures, covered, swimming in a thong or just watching people together on an island ...
  • The staff who clean the rooms three times a day and smell fragrant themselves ...
  • The taste of the fish with scary faces that I chose from the fish menu of the day ...
  • The heart of a shark that did not eat me even though it was swimming beside me ...
  • The sun, which heats more reasonably than the far south since it is closer to the equator, but which causes my whole body to redden due to its very steep rays ...
  • The silky sand that doesn't make my feet burn although the weather is very hot...
  • Those beautiful flowers that came out of the movie Avatar ...
  • The garbage bins made of sack material, which are in harmony with nature,
  • To be able to find the sunglasses I forgot on the beach safely in the same place after hours ...
  • And to the internet that is free of charge wherever I go on the island, whereas even in New York, the so-called capital of technology, the internet costs $ 20 per 10 minutes...I loved these about the Maldives.


Article : Nazenin Tokuşoğlu

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