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The Amazonian Adventure

Coming from a small town in Kerala, rowing a dinghy and catching fish has been an integral part of my life.
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The winner will be awarded a pair of running shoes and a backpack; God heard me and answered my prayer. It was exactly what I wanted at this point. 

I have been planning and saving up for almost a year to go on a trip to the Amazon rainforest. It was over an hour at the Manaus airport and my luggage could not be located. I was later informed that my luggage was on a flight to Spain. The goof-up happened while it was in transit at Peru airport. 


My trek was scheduled for 6am the next morning and my baggage was not to arrive before evening. I didn’t have enough cash in hand to cover up for all the trekking essentials. I was worried. 

Checking into my pre-booked hotel, I inquired where I could get cheap trekking gear. Mr. Garcia, the manager, suggested I visit the Ponta Negra beach area for the same.  

The area was a very lively place full of people. As I was browsing through the shops a young man handed me a flyer which got me excited. 

Coming from a small town in Kerala, rowing a dinghy and catching fish has been an integral part of my life. I wanted to try my luck at this kayaking race as it would save me that extra buck (since I was on a limited budget).

The kayak was hardly different from our local dinghy

The kayak was hardly different from our local dinghy. A rush of adrenaline swept through me as I held the oar. The competition was tough but I swept my way through as some of my dad’s tips came handy. 

That  day, the pair of shoes and the backpack were even more precious than a trophy. I  was euphoric, these shoes were even better than the ones I had brought from home. 

The trek was an outstanding experience; it had been on my bucket list for years but the kayaking contest made this trip most memorable. I had never imagined doing something like this, that too in a foreign country. Each time I see my shoes, the memory of that incident comes rushing into my mind and my lips break into a smile.

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Laksshha is a 13 year old from Kolkata, studying in class 9. She has been very passionate about writing from a very young age. Apart from writing she is very fond of dramatics. She really enjoys being on stage and performing for an audience. She is a student of Sushila Birla Girls’ School.

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