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25

IN THE GOLDEN GLOW OF

THE DAWN

We take to the river again at the crack

of dawn. The jungle is awakening. The

proboscis monkeys stretch their stiff

muscles and descend, young macaques

flash through the tree tops and a beard-

ed pig burrows through the high veg-

etation. A brightly coloured kingfisher

dives into the water and comes back up

with his breakfast. Along the river we

move from lodge to lodge. The lodges

are simple, but well cared for. Residents

of nearby villages are there to stir the

cooking pots. What we are eating isn’t

always clear to us, but it tastes good

and that is the most important thing.

Behind the buffet in the Abai Jungle

Lodge we find Amelia. She looks beau-

tiful in her fluorescent green dress. We

ask if we can photograph her next to the

river and take dreamy pictures.