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Riding a dhow in Lamu

From Lamu, an archipelago off Kenya's coast, my husband Mike and I arranged for day-long trip in a dhow. This traditional vessel has a simple wooden hull and beautiful arcing white sail. They've been used along the Swahili Coast for hundreds of years--and to our surprise, are still in use by fishermen to navigate the narrow channels of the Lamu archipelago. Our boat was run by a captain and three nimble young men who hoped one day to have a boat of their own. In this picture, the youngest crew member was helping to balance the force of the sail by standing on a plank that stretched out over the water. We spent the day fishing, having a picnic lunch on the beach with the "silver fish" we caught, and then taking a long walk on a deserted beach. Later, during a long stretch of quiet sea, the crew sang an a capella version of "Jambo Bwana," one of Kenya's top pop songs. 

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