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sunny 30 °C

Landed at Gan Airport, then had to take a water taxi to our little Island 'Amari Addu', it only took 20 minutes! A bit scary as it was pitch black and the boat didn't seem to have any lights!!

We arrived on a tiny jetty and walked into paradise.......

Only 1 hotel on the island and nothing else, not even a shop. There are only 42 people staying at the hotel and we make up a third of that!, it is deserted, we seem to have the whole place to ourselves.

Everyone is just chilling... and drinking! Oh and sunbathing........

Went shell picking this morning for the girls, some amazing & unusual coloured shells.

Despite it being so beautiful it's just not the same when you cant share it with your loved ones! I have really been missing home today, I need some words of encouragement from you all to help me get through the next half of the trip. I think because we have done nothing for 2 days it makes you stop and think...

I have attached some pictures but once you have seen one white beach you've seen them all!!

I thought I would also introduce you to some of the crew members who are experiencing this trip with me. I have been very lucky as they are all really nice people. Standing at the back from left to right we have Matt, Kieren, Bobby, Gareth and Neil. Sitting from left to right we have Lesley, Jill, Me, Karen, Jo & Kath

Lastley, I think I told you that the aircr4aft had been reconfigured into a luxury jet, I dont get the first class seats, the engineers and me get the cheap seats, check out my legroom on the last sector!!

Looking forward to Thailand, will be great to go back to Chaing Rai - I loved it first time around and I am sure I won't be disappointed this time.

Bye Bye up at 0400 tomorrow morning!!

Posted by Lilla Merrick 08:41 Archived in Maldives Republic

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Evening Lilla,
Thanks for the updates on your trip so far, some great photos and interesting insights (especially the safari). If any consolation...and possibly not but we do miss you as well. Make the most of the time you have left. Keep thinking about us all...not too much though and keep us updated as we are enjoying the read.
Take care and speak soon.

by Lee

Hi Lilla,

Am really enjoying your updates, it's great to be able to live all these experiences vicariously. So far i think Rwanda sounds best, although the beaches do look amazing! The half way point on this trip was always going to be hardest, don't forget you're on the countdown back to seeing everyone at home now. Still some great experiences to come - enjoy them. Take care. Love Sharon xx.

by Sharon Harte

Half way through the big trip, looks like your having a great time, all fine back here at base, the girls are missing you but are fine, they both say "i love you and i miss you". I miss you too, the washing up is really building up not to mention the ironing pile!!! have a good trip to Thailand and watch out for the Elephant Poo!!!!!

Simon (single parent) Eva & Emilia

by Home alone Merricks

Hi Lilla.
We were all fascinated by the pictures of the Gorillas. I can't believe you got so close! Enjoy the rest of your trip, everything will have stayed the same here while you have been having all these amazing experiences ( well apart from the fact that William has managed to talk Tim and I into two Gerbils, Basil and Douglas!!!) Life is an adventure so don't wish it away. Just Enjoy! Love Sam x

by Sam Wilkins

Hey Lilla

I am enjoying your regular updates which I read on the train when returning from work......so keep on blogging. It looks like an amazing experience thus far and I'm sure we would all jump at the chance to be in your shoes. I have been showing Lily and Sophia all the pictures you have taken and telling them about your travels. They were amazed to see you on a horse when you were in Egypt! Don't get too home sick as you will be back in Hitchin before you know it. I am sure Eva and Emilia and Simon :-) will appreciate you even more on return too.

Bon voyage.....Scot x

by Scot

jealous!!! its peeing down with rain here!!! dont worry about the kids they're just doing it to wind you up.......they'll be fine and you'll be over it within minutes of getting back..planning your next trip!!

by maria comparetto

wow!!! how amazing Lilla! Enjoy the peace and stunning views. What great trip and experience to tell your girls. They are fine and everyone else is right everything back here is the same ....enjoy you deserve it xxxx

by kelly

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