Let me share my Maldivian home with you – not the ostentatious water villas, champagne, caviar and your own personal butler. There’s another beautiful side to luxury – and it’s in the way my home tries endlessly to lead a life that is sustainable and honors its environment.

Close your eyes and let me take you on a journey.

It’s evening and the island might seem enveloped in darkness- but look carefully- it’s dinner by candlelight! Not in just some places- the whole island is lit with endless candles, only.

The air is fragrant and slightly smoky.

Dinner tonight is plant focused, inspired by the richness of the butterfly peas we have in bloom, with everything else coming from our local garden. This garden is any islanders dream – vibrant, abundant plants everywhere! And the best part – all the food is served on banana leafs, carefully cut off earlier in the day.

The air is filled with people’s voices coming to enjoy this time together, and remember why we are all so passionate about keeping this part of the world as alive as possible.

So, every Friday evening, all lights are replaced with candles, food is cooked in the kitchen earlier on in the day, so in the evening we can all come together and continue creating space and understanding into why is it so important that we continue being committed about our choices, the way we live, the way we eat and the way our lives are intertwined with the life of this amazing island we call home.

We all feel responsible for this life we have been given and the power of the choices we make.

So, from a place of love and respect –  we let ourselves be guided in such a raw, organic way.

These weekly dinners are not just nourishment- they are a way of saying thank you for the abundance we have been given. And a reminder of how important every choice we make truly is.

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Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
1 year ago

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
Reply to  Dorina Sandor
1 year ago

You’re doing great, don’t stop!

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Melissa Taggart
1 year ago

I loved this story, Dorina. And I love Melissa’s comment! Melissa, it is so good to hear your actual voice, after reading so many of your stories. Please record more voice messages – they brighten up my day.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

Fuji, thank you! I was a bit nervous doing so and was unsure if my comment was satisfactory. Your comment has now convinced me to leave some more voice comments! Thanks for that!

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Where can I get my tickets for the Maldives? This story thrilled me to my very bones. In amidst all the darkness of understandable and justified fear surrounding climate change, this story is a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving for simple pleasures – food which comes from the garden, the soft… Read more »

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Welcome to the Voice club, Dorina. Your story is also like the true story of the life of our Subanen tribes here in our small village in ancient times. Gradually, the usual gatherings and sharing of foods are changing. But simple living is continuing until now. It is nice to… Read more »

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Dorina Sandor
1 year ago

You’re most welcome, Dorina.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

You certainly took me on an amazing journey Dorina. What a wonderful place you describe so beautifully. It warms the heart to know such places still exist.

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