Yes, that is the view I was looking at a few days ago!! Sorry, but it was absolutely fabulous there- Kanuhurah Island in the Maldives…and yes, I am a lucky so-and-so. That is what you just called me, yes? Teehee!
This was the first ever birthday spent in such wonderful heat. Normally I am at home, or in Florence in the rain. Hubby is going to be so busy with work and golf this year, and as I was not allowed to ski I asked if we could go for a real downtime holiday. It was a toss up between here or the Caribbean… I think we made the right choice!
I wish I could attach a way you could feel the warmth of the sun and wind, and experience it all whilst reading this! All I can do is describe how I feel now about it all.
It was a week of new experiences from taking a sea plane… to snorkeling and swimming with turtles, and just being blown away with the beauty of the nature there I have come back with a new view of life.
We made a conscious decision to relax and enjoy it all…I even managed to get Hubby to experience a massage…I don’t think he really gets it tho – he thinks it should be a sports massage to relax his muscles only and can’t connect with the inner him. When I said about relaxing the mid etc he said that side was fine, and he was relaxed enough. Hm! The only exercise we got was walking from our villa on the windy side of the island ( a must, believe me, for surviving that wonderful heat!) to the main area for breakfast looking out over the turquoise sea and white sands, swimming in the clear water with a very curious school of dart fish and a large trigger fish I named Bob, going on a snorkeling trip for 2-ish hours one afternoon, and of course sampling the local versions of cocktails!! Well, you have to! My favourite new ones are the Side Car and Hemingway Daiquiri ( I had to look up that spelling!)
I have seen colours underwater that I never knew existed…oh yes, I’ve watched Nature programmes from Jacque Cousteau to David Attenborough but it really is not the same! I saw a young giant clam with an electric blue edge that just glowed with life. And when I saw the giant green turtle slowly emerge from the gloom below me, and reach up into the air before returning to the reef cliff shelf where it slept…. I am trying to find the words that don’t sound too wacky or far out… It really did change something inside. Not hugely. It just touched something.
We saw a school of large silver fish swimming like a traffic jam, then circle round a rock like a roundabout, before majestically carrying on regardless. There was the school of bright blue fish, the individual fishes of all shapes and sizes, the reef shark that passed Hubby; he was amazed too as he had never thought about snorkeling rather preferring skiing, golf, exercising etc ( you get the pic of him) and this is the first sport I have made him do after it decided to do my PADDY 10 years ago & he followed suit ( another story!).
Then, on a different snorkeling trip just outside our villa I saw another smaller, darker turtle. We both were surprised, and it swam backwards under his rock shelf after a while, but allowed me to swim for a while with him/her. I was very grateful.
So here I am, sitting in bed with my iPad, trying to explain it all to you. I didn’t manage to do the yoga I had promised myself I’d do…well, sand gets everywhere, doesn’t it! I did get time to talk to Hubby, spend a very rare week 24/7 with him which was one of the main reasons I wanted this type of holiday. I am somehow more aware of the World outside the curtains, beyond my normal range.
I didn’t take a waterproof camera swimming with me because I wanted to actually experience it properly…not worrying about whether I had the right focus, lighting etc. Oh yes, I took my big camera and iPhone and have about 500 pics on the computer…not many really, considering how I normally am, come to think about it… This may be something I am getting from the yoga- the ability to enjoy being “in the moment” , “present” “THERE” you know what I mean, yes? I now have not only the images in my mind but the emotions and physical memories of all we did, including just lying on the sun loungers soaking up the rays. The pics I have will help trigger those memories in future, but for now…I just close my eyes and breathe.
Ok, enough for now. I’m in danger of booking my ticket back! So as my tan begins to fade with our wonderful British rain I will share one more pic with you, and the hope that you too will find that connection today wherever you are, with whatever nature you have around you.