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2k Journal: Bidheysee Beru


Bodu beru is perhaps the best known form of artistic expression in the Maldives. It’s normally one of the first things you see (or hear) when it comes to Dhivehi culture. But after six years here, Dan had still never […]

Story: Against the Grain


Well, here is the post you’ve all been waiting for. Yep, that’s right, we’ve built up the nerve and finally taken on the controversial issue of millet! It’s not everyday that we come across someone doing something we’ve not seen […]

Story: Hidden Depths


Laamu Gan’s Bodu Fenganda is one of the first places you’ll be taken to when you visit the island, and it’s definitely a thought-provoking site. We’ve been a couple of times since we got here a week ago, though admittedly […]

2k Journal: 5 Favourites from Laamu


Here are five of our favourite pictures from our first week in Laamu Gan & Fonadhoo (Kadhdhoo and Maandhoo). Full gallery with captions

2k Journal: Haddhunmathi Hafthaa


One week into our Laamu trip and we’re learning that this is an atoll where the roads are long, the people say ‘kon heneh?’, and the riha comes with golha in it! We’ve mostly been shuttling up and down the […]

2k Journal: End Overend


A friend this week told us that he’d just seen one of Dan’s stories on Himal Southasian, which seemed odd as the last story he wrote for them was almost two years ago, just before the publication was unfortunately forced […]

2k Journal: From Denmark to Dhivehiraajje


It’s not every day you get a surprise delivery from one of your inspirations…especially not down in the Suvadive!!   Nils Finn Munch-Petersen has been kind enough to send us a copy of his 1980 publication on the Maldives, put […]

Story: Wreck Creation


Lot of sitting around to get this picture, but not a bad place to do it. The guys from the Muraka guest house, on Vaavu Keyodhoo, took us out to see the local wreck, you know – the one off […]

Guest House: Pyrard’s Paradise


This week we found ourselves on Baa’s tiny island of Fehendhoo – home of the Maldives’ most famous marooned mariner. Francois Pyrard and his shipmates spent a few tough weeks in ‘paradise’ on this island and Fulhadhoo, next door, in […]

Guest House: Wave Sound…Addu’s Oasis


Story number three in our guest house section is, fittingly, the recently-opened ‘Wave Sound’ by 3S in Addu’s Maradhoofeydhoo area. Though this one is close to home for us, it’s really like stepping into another world entirely – a mini-resort […]

Story: Bonfire of the Atolls


After being advised to time our visit to Gaddhoo to coincide with their Eid al-fitr celebrations, we’ve been sitting on these pics for a few months. Looking for anything that seemed vaguely timely and along came Guy Fawkes night this […]

2k Journal: Naj’s First Exhibition


With the South Asian Travel Awards 2017 taking place this weekend in Addu’s Equator Village, we thought it would be the perfect time to hold an exhibition of Naj’s work, celebrating the best of Addu for all the people visiting. […]

Story: Ladies of Libaas


The libaas story is more or less obligatory for any website covering Maldivian culture, so here’s our offering (finally). Now we just need to do the lacquerwork story and maybe something about rihaakuru and we’ll be just about done here. (Not really…there’s […]

Story: Hooked in Huvadhu


Here’s another one we’ve been sitting on since our visit to Huvadhu (and sitting on hooks for too long isn’t wise). So, we just got off it and here’s what hatched. When traveling round the atoll we hadn’t realised just […]