Majuli Island, Assam, India
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India

A land of contrasts.

We fell in love with India so much we stayed there for three years, where Esper grew roots and we got to travel across this incredible sub-continent.

By this time Jamie was entering many photography competitions, like this image which was commended in the Sony World Photography Awards (low-light category), and Liz was now an officially published travel writer.
[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”][imageframe lightbox=”” style_type=”” bordercolor=”#e2e2e2″ bordersize=”15px” stylecolor=”” align=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”” class=”” id=””]Jamie Furlong commended in the low light category Sony World Photography Awards[/imageframe] [/one_half] [imageframe lightbox=”” style_type=”” bordercolor=”#e2e2e2″ bordersize=”15px” stylecolor=”” align=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”” class=”” id=””]Biker and girlfriend, Cochin, India[/imageframe]

Biker, Cochin, India

With barnacles the size of dinner plates on Esper’s hull it was time to move on. Just 200 miles from the borders of Kerala is the beginning of the Maldives, and a trip and haul-out were next on the agenda. Although most of the time was spent shaking out all the maintenance issues we’d neglected whilst in India, we got a chance to sample some of those incredible beaches and vistas and, more importantly, meet some of the local residents.

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Esper at anchor by the northern island of Uligamu

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Children’s fashion show on Children’s Day, south Maldives

Trying to cross the equator to get to the Chagos Islands turned into a four day nightmare, with unpredicted strong winds that had us blown off-course. You can read about this adventure here. Instead, we took advantage of the SW monsoon and sailed to Malaysia, continuing our adventures in predominantly Muslim countries.

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Local resident of Kuah, Langkawi

With damage sustained from our failed equator crossing, it was time to send Esper to hospital in Satun, Thailand. And this is where the video updates started.

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