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Two Irishmen, one canoe, the Amazon rainforest. What can possibly go wrong?
Find out in this true short-story prequel to the 'On the Amazon – Diary of an Irish Emigrant' books.
When I was persuaded to take newly-arrived Frank on a simple sightseeing canoe journey into the Brazilian Amazon, I believed I had everything under control. All we had to do was buzz around for a few days on the river, admire the wonders of the rainforest, and head home for a cold beer. When we lost our water and sank the boat, it got a little more complicated...
'It's not my canoe, amigo' recounts a trip I made not long after first moving to the Amazon. I was young and inexperienced... and I had Frank. Frank came to Manaus looking for an easy escape from a not entirely successful career as a salesman in Belfast. His detailed plans covered drinking and womanising in great detail, but largely ignored the challenges of finding a job and learning the language. He was good company on a visit to a bar. On a trip into the interior, maybe not so much.
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About the Author
Keir Farrell was an accountant in his previous life in the UK. He has now spent 26.31% of his life in Brazil, teaching, translating, writing and showing people the wonders of the Amazon while trying to avoid an untimely death. If he can sell enough books, he still hopes that someday he will make it back to civilisation with his wife and son.