Unlikely. When I got on the plane back to Colombo, I said goodbye to beautiful waters and white sand, knowing I was never going to be back. If life allowed, maybe years down the line I would be able to afford it. The operational word being IF.
I believe in life being unpredictable. I finished university on the very last day of January, 2018. This was marked by the submission of my dissertation. I had planned to roam around for a month and then be gone by the end of March. But those plans changed so abruptly. I wanted to be home for my Sister’s Surprise Housewarming and my brother’s birthday. Yup, you guessed it, didn’t happen. It sucked, yes, but after a while, you get used to missing stuff. And these were just one of those things.
But lo and behold, I got the best 25th birthday gift from my sister. A plane ticket to Maldives. Since I couldn’t spend my birthday at home, she figured spending it with my best friend was the next best thing. To top all that off, we spent a night in Shangri-La, in a water villa. Yes, a villa completely surrounded by water and we spotted a couple of giant turtles just flapping around in the water. Coolest thing, I tell you! I got to take the ferry and the launch this time too, and it’s confirmed: I’m a sucker for boat rides.
If you’d told me in 2014 that I’d be in Maldives when I hit the big 25, I’d have called you crazy and reminded you that I’m no Bill Gates daughter. Below, are some of the images.