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EVENING CRUISE ON THE RIVER

Twilight falls. Eric brings coffee, tea and banana cookies upstairs. While we enjoy

the snacks, we watch the sun slowly sinking and finally disappearing behind the

horizon in a dramatic play of colours. The chorus of frogs swells, and the cicadas

make their timbales vibrate. Eric paddles silently through the water and takes us

to a tree full of fireflies. They flicker like the twinkling lights of a lavish Christmas

garland. Instantly, the river bathes in a fairy-like atmosphere. But is not this mis-

leading? For are there no evil, wiry men hiding in the dark forest keeping an eye

on us with machete and blowpipe?