The story is trivial except that it is so emblematic of much that is wrong with both millions of foolish westerners who think as this couple does (did?) and millions more who think like the writer of this piece in al-Guardian.
Swiss couple: Go to an all-Muslim land to have a “sacred” ???? renewal of marriage vows, and be surprised that the locals so despise you that they are happy to make a total sham out of your little ceremony?
author: write that the “real” victims are the poor exploited locals who were just forced to be this way by the evils of capitalism? Maybe you should have thought to blame George W. Bush for this!
Why would anyone even expose themselves to that culture? It must have cost a ton to fly there...
I’m sorry, but I think it is entertaining; here in the NYC area, our cabbies were routinely ripping off tourists. I guess they just have a low-tech version of the game in the middle of some dung-heap in the Indian Ocean.
For some reason I thought the Maldives were Buddhist (I think it was from some Thor Heyerdal book); they were somewhat cut off from other Asians by the rise of Hinduism & Islam, if I recall correctly. I guess not; maybe it was another island group in the Indian Ocean.