The Republic of Maldives is a wee tiny chain of islands southwest of the southernmost point of India way out in the Indian Ocean. There are a few interesting facts about the Maldives that you may not know. First, it is the smallest country in Asia both in size and population. Second, it is made up of 1,192 coral islands in a chain of 26 atolls spread out over ~35,000 square miles. Third, the highest elevation in the entire country is just under 8 feet, making it the lowest country in the world, which also means that when there is a tsunami warning anywhere in this hemisphere the locals clench up a bit – unsurprisingly, there are few, if any, climate change deniers living in the Maldives. Lastly, the Maldives is a Muslim country so the culture is rather conservative especially when it comes to drugs, alcohol, showing skin, and many other things that people like to do when they take their vacation, however, the big resorts have worked out a deal where they can serve alcohol and people can rock their teeny bikinis, but god help you if you try to smuggle in drugs or alcohol because the punishment is dire. Continue reading
We have landed back in the cold northeastern corner of China and already we are planning our next escape to warmer climes. I did, in good faith, write up a blog post last week but had some technical issues with my tablet as well as some connectivity issues (yeah right, A-Hole) on location in the Maldives – did I mention that we went to the Maldives? Now that post is completely lost somewhere in the ether so instead I will just post a few pics and then give you something to look at next Monday once I remove my head from vacationland (my ass) and get all the photos edited. I also shot some film there as well so hopefully that all comes out looking good. Working with older cameras is such a weird feeling for me because you never know what you have until the film is processed. Lastly, I was also able to shoot some underwater photos as well and let me tell you something – I am not very good at it. It is so hard to keep everything still and in focus. A first-world problem if there ever were one. Continue reading
Those of us that live here in China and want to use western websites and online services have to deal with internet shortages, outages, and outrages on a pretty regular basis. Tonight I have been trying in vain to upload photos to this here site so I can keep my promise of giving you the weekly Monday goods, but now that it is ten minutes until midnight I am going to say screw it and try again tomorrow. If for some reason this problem persists you needn’t worry because we will be getting the hell out of town for the Chinese Spring Festival next week. I will be sure to post as much as I can from our sunny destination. Also, if you want to keep up with us in China as well as on the road be sure to follow Afield on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.