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Merry Christmas Everyone!

from Paradise

sunny 30 °C


We hope you have all had an amazing day and are suitable stuffed with some yummy food in front of a fire somewhere!

We haven't had a very Christmassy Christmas-the past few days have been spent chilling in the water villa, wandering around the island or snorkelling and spending the time with lots of fishies!


Although we did have a lovely Christmas Eve Dinner last night- and I'm determined to perfect food art by next Christmas now!


Not too much to tell you, we're just having a relaxing festive season! Lots of love xxxx

Posted by lesleymw 19:16 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

Landing in Paradise

rain 30 °C

Well, it’s official, we’ve found somewhere that’s hotter and more humid than Abu Dhabi! But despite all that, we’re thrilled as it’s been raining too! No, we’re not crazy, we just haven’t seen rain since we were back in Scotland in June- and it seems like years! We hear lots of tourists being grumpy because of the rain, but we’re really loving it! I suppose we’ll change our minds when we’re back in Scotland and it’s raining- at 10 degrees!

We arrived in Male last night which is the main island/ capital city of the Maldives.. it’s actually about a square mile in total- a bit different to what we’re used to in Abu Dhabi. The tallest buildings are about 5 storeys high, the streets are very narrow and there are mopeds everywhere! There are a few touristy shops, some shops for locals (selling bananas, Barbie dolls, t-shirts, massive swordfish and toilets in one..) but all in all, it was just a really nice place to wander.


Although, the weirdest “shop” we did see was an Acer computer shop with wooden boards on all of the windows. When we walked past, all we could hear was lots of laughter and chattering and glasses clinking- yes, in a country where they don’t even sell alcohol in hotels on the main island (it’s completely banned- probably why the airline was pushing so much on us before we landed), we found the only illicit bar! Only down side (at 10am) was that we couldn’t find the door!

Today we transferred to Paradise Island (here, everything is on it’s own wee island- the airport, resorts, water plants) where we are staying in the most amazing water villa- a wooden room on stilts where we can jump strait into the water.. needless to say, once again the rain won’t be stopping us from relaxing and playing with the fishies here! It only took Mike the time to find his snorkel before he was in the water, and we’ve already seen a reef shark swimming past!

We’ve also been told that Santa will be visiting us tomorrow at midnight- so excited he remembered where we are!

Posted by lesleymw 19:17 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

Bye Bye Abu Dhabi!

All our bags are packed, we're ready to go..

semi-overcast 24 °C

So today is our very last day in Abu Dhabi- since we started this planning this wee adventure, it's actually come in pretty fast!

One of the last things we've done in Abu Dhabi is see the infamous 11million dollar Christmas tree in Emirates Palace- this is absolutely crazy! It's 13m tall, and is the most expensively decorated tree (even in the Guinness Book of Records- oooh), it is actually decorated with actual jewellery- lots of necklaces and earrings worth a million dollars- not too shabby!


I think we're finally ready to get going:

  • Rucksacks packed? 15kgs each for 3 months.. that's not nearly enough shoes!
  • All other worldly possessions on their way back to Scotland? ? Yup- in 125 cartons to be exact!
  • Cats at mums? Yes, after having to take it slow travelling thoughsome extreme conditions!
  • Passports/ tickets/ visas? Yes.. I think so..
  • Farewells said in Abu Dhabi? Yes- bye bye folks!
  • Letter sent to Santa so he can deliver our pressies? Ooops.. I knew we'd forgotten something..

Right, seems we're ready to get going, first stop: Maldives!

Posted by lesleymw 11:59 Archived in United Arab Emirates Comments (1)

Let’s go home

It's almost time to go..

sunny 27 °C

Hello guys and welcome to our travel blog!

So as you will know by now, we have decided to make the move from Abu Dhabi back to sunny Scotland. We have been living in the desert for almost 3 years- and although our time here has had it's ups and downs, we'll definately always remember the good times!!


As lovely (and bloody freezing- I still can't believe you have snow already!) as it would have been to be back in Scotland for Christmas for the first time since we made the move to the desert, we’ve decided to take the long way home.. which should take around 3 months, leaving on December 22nd 2010.

Our plan, for now, is: Abu Dhabi-> Maldives-> Sri Lanka-> India-> Singapore-> Bali-> Australia-> New Zealand-> Fiji-> Cook Islands-> Thailand-> Abu Dhabi-> Scotland.

Some of you we’ll see during our wee adventure, some we’ll see when we pop back to Abu Dhabi, and some when we’re back on home turf...

Either way, we plan to keep this blog updated as often as possible, along with a virtual map and some pics of our travels. We’re still reachable via email, so do keep in touch, let us know what you’re up to, and we’ll look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Love, Lesley and Mike x

p.s. Some thank you’s should be said before we get going: To Andrew Ayton for designing our awesome blog, to Andy Utting for his stroke of genius in naming our blog, to Andy and Paula for volunteering to host our farewell party at their apartment (looking forward to it folks!), to David and Fiona for giving us a bed and a roof over our heads between leaving our apartment and getting on the plane, to Mum and Ian for volunteering to look after the moggies while we’re away (you should note that if something happens and you try to replace one, I’ll know)... So now feeling like we’re subjecting you to an over-running Oscar speech! *sniffles*

Posted by lesleymw 02:35 Archived in United Arab Emirates Comments (1)

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