Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bombing in the Maldives

I saw a brief posting on Yahoo today about a bombing in the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka, this morning. I didn't read the article thinking that I might see more on the news. I turned on CNN, FOX, local, but no one was covering the story. Having been obsessed with going to the Maldives (not to mention wondering for a long time how to say the name out loud), I am shocked and disturbed that what to me seems like such an idyllic island could be the target of an attack.

The explosions occurred in the capital of Male in a park outside the national museum and injured 12 tourists-2 Japanese, 2 British and 8 Chinese. Apparently, this is the first bombing ever on this island. The government has not commented on possible suspects or motives.

One of my favorite resort and spa chains and subject of my obsessions Six Senses, has a resort called Soneva Gili which is a short twenty minute boat ride from Male. I hope that the bombing will not deter visitors to the island as I am sure that tourism is a huge part of their economy.

Additionally, in researching the Maldives bombing I came across a very cool blog, The Official Private Islands Blog, which I intend to check out often now.

62 comments:

K. said...

That picture you used for your blog looks like an amazing little place. Do they speak french in the maldives?? I cant recall what little info Ive heard about that place, but now my interest is peaked!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am currently living in the Maldives teaching English at one of the International Schools and came across your blog. They speak Dhevehi (only spoken in this country) and English here. French, Spanish, or Italian are also popular languages to learn because these are the main tourists that come here.

We just went to the resort you spoke of and it was like paradise. It was still expensive with our work permits but it was the most amazing experience in my life! I don't know when you'll get this but good luck traveling.

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Maldivian people always respect there tourist and people who come from other countries 80% of the country speaks good english and you want be lost you will feel as being in a paradise

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