Maldives is an Islamic country so there are a few things that are quite different from the US. First, dogs, alcohol, and religious idols are strictly prohibited from importation, and second, lucky for us, they work on Sundays! Today we arrived back at the Muleeaage with all of our Sungevity safety gear to hand out to the workers. Heath continued work on the conduit while I worked on the roof with a few members of our crew getting everything ready to install the rails tomorrow.
Around lunch time we took the laborers out to one of their favorite lunch spots and got to know them a bit better. Most of them come from Sri Lanka to work in Maldives for better pay. They leave their families for years at a time and send money home regularly. One thing Heath and I have both noticed is the extreme hospitality we’ve been met with. Everyone we’ve come in contact with is extremely friendly and wants to learn more about our lifestyle back in the states. We’ve even been invited into homes for dinner a few times, which was an amazing experience.
A few days back when it was raining really hard out, one of the crew leads, Adam, was gracious enough to take us into a mosque during the evening prayer. We washed hands, then feet, then legs, then face, all in a very organized ritualistic manner. After cleaning ourselves we walked into the mosque bare feet and began the prayer. Amongst a room full of men Heath and I found ourselves running through the motions, emulating what we saw, and tried our best not to stand out. It must be really nice taking a few minutes 5 times each day to spend with yourself and your religion. In the US the days seem so packed and rushed that we lose the opportunity to do so. On our way out Adam snuck a quick video in. Check it out at: http://picasaweb.google.com/sungevity (it’s the one with a foot for the picture thumbnail).