Two days ago, we stepped off of an air conditioned plane from China into the hot and humid air of the tropics. We had finally arrived in the Maldives after two days of travel.

Yesterday we stepped off the boat onto the dock at the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru. Trudy, Syd, and Lira greeted us and our new Maldivian friends.

Today I spent more than 30 minutes beneath the surface of the ocean breathing air from a tank. I was scuba diving, swimming with fish and admiring coral.

Tomorrow we begin our training and the next day we will be on the ground in Eydhafushi starting our first project.

This journey has begun, and I am confident that it is going to be the most amazing one I have ever been on.