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Friday, March 9, 2001
Male', The Maldives
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Male', The Maldives:
Latitude: 4° 10' 22" North
Longitude: 73° 30' 24" East
Altitude: 12 feet
From Seattle: 10732 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Blue Diamond Guesthouse

Today's Travel:
Country: The Maldives
Region: Kaafu
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1429
Linear Dist: 273691
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 282
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Hotels: 566
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 89
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4547

Journal Entry:
I woke up feeling like I was coming down with a cold - exactly what I don't want when I'm going diving! So I slept as long as I could. In the morning / early afternoon I finished with the problem I was working on. I then walked to the north side of the island (the airport side) and wandered around. At the internet cafe I'd gotten email from the tour company regarding a diving trip - it's going to be $155 - $255 a day (not $55 as I was told yesterday). And it's doubtful that they can find room for me. Once it cooled off a little I went for a nice walk halfway around the island before cutting back to the guest house. There are tons of people out for a promenade and the atmosphere is festive and friendly. I had dinner at a hotel again - there were not many options, as the real restaurants are very expensive, and / or didn't open until later than I want to eat. Back at the guesthouse I talked with manager who was gone yesterday, he's a diver, and thinks I can probably get a spot on a dive boat through the dive school he works with. It would be a little more money than the guys I talked to yesterday so I'll try that first, but it is nice to know that there are options.

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