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The rain in Borneo . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2080: Deb’s and my first stop, before leaving on our Borneo backpacking trip with the Iban tribe, was the city of Kuching. This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the scene:

Hand in hand, we strolled across the street to the waterfront. Leafy trees, circular gardens, and manicured grass buffered us from city traffic, while schoolchildren scurried by on the brick walkway paralleling the Sarawak River. We intended to follow the walkway, but a surprise downpour forced us to find shelter under the eaves of a food stand.

As a steamy mist from ricocheting raindrops enveloped us, we watched small fishing boats putter up and down the quarter-mile-wide river and tried to wait out the storm. When the rain outlasted our patience, we dashed back to the hotel, laughing as our freshly changed clothes became shapeless pieces of waterlogged fabric.

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