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#Jordan #travel: Why do I blame Indiana Jones?

As a young naive girl I was fan of Indiana Jones movies. I was dreaming how I will travel the world and explore sights and discover new history. Then I saw a beautiful canyon Siq. It took me some time to discover that it was a road to the forgotten city of Petra in Jordan.

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MALDIVES – THE IDYLLIC INDIAN OCEAN

HRVATSKA VERZIJA: MALDIVI – IDILA INDIJSKOG OCEANA

The Sunny Side Of Life – this is the motto of the Maldives Tourist Board. Turquoise coral reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees … sounds like a cliché from the tropics, but it really is!

Photo by Conrad Maldives The Over Water Spa

Inspired by frequent comments on the Facebook site Posvudusha whenever it comes to exotic photos, I had to explore the Maldives and find out more information for my readers and myself.
How to introduce the Maldives? Very simple I would say – if you decide to go for a vacation in the Maldives, there no one will blame you if you choose to sit all day at the beach, sip a cocktail and wait almost a perfect sunset over the Indian Ocean. Yes, that sounds like a holiday in the Maldives!

Maldives is an archipelago of some 1190 coral islands located southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The capital is Malé in which live most of the approximately 350.000 inhabitants (all are Muslims). The main industries are tourism and fishing (tuna). The national currency is the Rufiyaa (100 Laar).

In this great archipelago 200 islands are inhabited while 99 of them are resort islands. About the history of the island locals will tell you a few legends and myths, but the fact is that the Maldives were mentioned for the first time in the first century, and one of the is stories associated with the real events of the 16th century when the inhabitants prevented attack of the Portuguese. Maldives have twice declared a republic (last 1968) and for a while they were even sultanate. The first resort was built back in 1972.

People of Maldives take care of their culture and customs, but are always open to new modern things. Some of the touristic tours will take you to the islands inhabited by locals where you can get an insight of the life – a life that depends on the sea and where human relationships mean a lot. On these islands you can buy local handicrafts.

I personally am not a fan of a classical type of holiday, and for me is pretty important to know what more can I do at the destination except relaxing. What can you really do here? If you check the tours there are a couple of things: a tour of the island where the locals live, tour to the “virgin islands” where humans rarely set foot, going to the Big Game Fishing, dolphin cruise or even swimming with whales. Those seeking for a more active vacation, they will be thrilled by the fact that the Maldives are a paradise for surfers! Time of the large waves is from June to September when the southwest monsoon blows. With surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, other water sports like sailing, jet skis, water skiing, catamaran rides, parasailing, snorkeling and scuba diving course are possible!

Now, why would you actually want to go there? For most, the real reason is relaxing and leisure which exclusive holiday resorts give them; plus a luxury spa and wellness experience with the scent of coconut oil… For a total recovery of body and soul you’ll just have to forget about the phone and connection to the rest of the world, because why spoil this holidays? Did I say that many people come here on a honeymoon or to get married?

Now, since I have not had a chance to hop on the Maldives, and I’m sure that time will come, I leave you with idyllic pictures from those lucky ones who were in paradise, and with pictures that we often (too often) watch on the TV commercials.

Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song:

 In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives

Do you really want to enjoy the Maldives, be faster than the global warming and fast rising sea level. All the atolls of the archipelago aren`t higher more than 1.2 meter and if the sea level continues to rise this little paradise will be gone forever.

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MALDIVI – IDILA INDIJSKOG OCEANA

ENGLISH VERSION: MALDIVES – THE IDYLLIC INDIAN OCEAN

The sunny side of life – Sunčana strana života – to je moto turističke zajednice Maldiva. Tirkizni koraljni grebeni, bijele pješčane plaže i palme… zvuči kao kliše iz tropa, ali tako zaista i jest.

Photo by Conrad Maldives The Over Water Spa

Potaknuta čestim komentarima na Facebook stranicama Posvudushe kad god je u pitanju egzotična fotografija morala sam istražiti Maldive i saznati koju informaciju više radi vas, ali i radi sebe.
Kako predstaviti Maldive? Vrlo jednostavno. Rekla bih – odlučite li se za odmor na Maldivima, ovdje vam zaista nitko neće zamjeriti ako cijeli dan odlučite sjediti na plaži, pijuckati koktele i čekati gotovo savršeni zalazak sunca iznad Indijskog oceana. Da, tako nekako zvuči odmor na Maldivima!

Maldivi su arhipelag od nekih 1190 koraljnih otoka smješteni jugozapadno od Sri Lanke u Indijskom oceanu. Glavni grad je Male u kojem živi i većina od cca 350,000 stanovnika, muslimanske vjeroispovjesti. Glavne gospodarske grane su turizam i ribarstvo (tuna). Nacionalna valuta je rufiyaa (100 laari).

U ovom velikom arhipelagu, naseljeno je 200 otoka dok se na njih 99 nalaze odmarališta. O povijesti otoka lokalno stanovništvo moći će vam ispričati nekoliko legenti i mitova, ali činjenica je da se Maldivi po prvi puta spominju već u 1. stoljeću, a jedna od priča povezana je i sa stvarnim događajima iz 16. stoljeća kada je stanovništvo odbilo napad Portugalaca. Maldivi su dva puta proglašavali republiku (posljednji put 1968.), a neko vrijeme su čak bili sultanat. Prvo odmaralište sagrađeno je davne 1972. godine.

Maldivi čuvaju svoju kulturu i običaje, ali su otvoreni uvijek prema novim stvarima. Obilazak otočja koje naseljava lokalno stanovništvo dat će vam uvid u život na Maldivima, život koji ovisi o moru i gdje ljudski odnosi mnogo znače. Na ovakvim otocima mogu se kupiti i lokalne rukotvorine.

Ja osobno nisam neki tip od klasičnog odmora pa mi je uvijek bitno, što još mogu raditi na destinaciji. Što zaista ovdje možete raditi? Od izleta nudi vam se obilazak otoka na kojem živi lokalno stanovništvo, odlazak na „djevičanske otoke“ gdje ljudska noga rijetko kroči te postoji mogućnost odlaska u ribolov – Big Game Fishing i na krstarenje u potrazi za delfinima, plivanje s kitovima. Za one koji traže aktivniji odmor, oduševit će podatak da su Maldivi raj za surfere! Vrijeme velikih valova je od lipnja do rujna kada pušu jugozapadni monsuni. Uz surfanje, windsurfing, kitesurfing, dopušteni su i svi drugi vodeni sportovi poput jedrenja, jet-skija, skijanja na vodi, vožnje katamaranom, parasailing i dakako snorkeling i ronjenje!

E sada, zašto biste zapravo željeli doći ovdje. Za mnoge je pravi razlog isključivo opuštanje i odmor, a resorti kakvi se ovdje nalaze upravo pružaju sve to uz dodatak spa i wellnessa uz mirise kokosovog ulja. Za totalni oporavak duše i tijela morat ćete samo zaboraviti na telefon i vezu s ostatkom svijeta, jer zašto kvariti ovakav odmor ikakvim vijestima. Jesam li rekla da mnogi ovdje dolaze na medeni mjesec?

Obzirom da nisam još imala prilike skoknuti na Maldive, a sigurna sam da će i za to doći vrijeme, ostavljam vam uz idilične fotografije sretnika koji su bili u raju, a koje često (i prečesto) gledate u televizijskim reklamama.

Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song:

 In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives

Želite li zaista uživati na Maldivima, budite brži od globalnog zatopljenja i podizanja površine mora. Naime, svi atoli arhipelaga do visine su 1,2 metra iznad površine mora pa podigne li se more, nestat će i ovog malog raja.

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JAMEH MOSQUE OF YAZD, Iran

Yazd is one of my favorite towns of Iran and I have only nice memories from that trip. This photo represents the Jameh mosque that was built in 12th Century and it`s known by two minarets which are the highest in Iran. I love the turquoise-blue color of the tiles that cover the portal.

Photo credit: Sandra Bortek

BALI – PARADISE ISLAND OF INDONESIA

We imagine Bali – idyllic beaches, volcanic peaks, hundreds of Hindu temples, rice fields and high coconut palms, which are swinging in the breeze. A dream came true.

This was our first trip to faraway destination. Literally, we traveled almost 24 hours! Some things in life are really worth the effort because in the end the reward is much greater.
Why did we choose Bali? We wanted to go to warm climate where we could relax and find enough activities to fill the time. Although we had many plans and desires, some things we had to sacrifice. However, I do not regret a single moment spent in this tourist paradise.

What do I think you should know?

Although Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country (90% of people are Muslims), in Bali 90% are Hindu. Bali is a tourist island, and in contrast to the rest of Indonesia is quite tame. Tourists are more than welcome here, and everything is generally set to serve them. Despite the tragedies (two bombings 2002 in Kuta and 2005 in Kuta and Jimbaran), Bali is a safe place for tourists. If you’re polite, if you avoid suspicious sites and follow the law, you really won`t have problems. Most rigorous part of the law is the death penalty for possessing or using drugs, and you will hardly get away with “not knowing” about it because there are big signs already at the airport.
Top hotels, endless sandy beaches ideal for surfers (no sharks, unlike the Australian beach), lots of night clubs, and countless places for good shopping – are the main advantages of this island. If I should go to Bali today, I would bring with me only a backpack and a few basic things (of course the camera and money), and everything else I would buy there and renew my wardrobe. There are things that you can buy at affordable prices, and for that you don`t have to bother to go to the market but you can instead take advantage of discounts in the shopping malls. For example, we bought for our friends shirts for about 2-4$ per piece. Of course, shopping at the market means you need to bargain. Extremely low-income (100-300 $ / month) means that all the services you need you can get cheaper. For a decent amount of money you will be able to eat in good restaurants, and if you want to save money then you will actually spend a little. We ate at a restaurant for example for 15 $ including: appetizer, main course, dessert and two drinks for two people. Of course, you decide how much of the budget you are willing to spend on food and my advice is to decide that in advance.

The weather and stay?

If you are looking for cheap flights then you will travel in the off-season, although the chances for the bad weather are higher. However, the number 1 reason why to go to Bali is a tropical climate softened by the breezes from the ocean and the dry period that lasts almost nine months! The rainy season runs roughly from December to March and is characterized by frequent rain and high humidity. Dry part of the year records only short showers.
From the stories of my friends and unknown passengers, I can confirm that it is now difficult to define the dry and wet periods. Many acquaintances travel when they shouldn`t and despite the weather predictions they had a nice weather. Of course, it is certain that you will have more chances for a better travel when there are more favorable weather conditions.

A few tips

Save on the airline ticket – book a few months earlier, out of the season date
Weather conditions – if that is important, choose dry periods and avoid wet period (note the season of the destination you are visiting)
Shopping – on Bali shopping is a great opportunity, no matter whether you are buying in stores or open markets.
Food – do not be afraid of trying. The flavors are familiar, and perhaps a bit exotic (peanut sauce with chicken) and enjoy
Money – carry the euro or U.S. dollar, with the note that you need to have new dollar bills. Before the trip, check which course is better.