Photo: Along the banks of the Tsiribihana River in Madagascar

The sun had just risen and we were eating breakfast along the shore of the Tsiribihana River in southern Madagascar when a fisherman and his son approached with their catch.

Our guide bargained with the father to buy some fish to supplement our rations. I took advantage of their haggling to snap some photos of the son as he waited.

Later, we would set off in our pirogue, a sort of dugout canoe, to complete our three-day journey along the river. My companions were an unlikely pair of Frenchmen who worked in a daycare back in France and our steadfast guide who cheerfully steered our route.

It was a highlight in a trip to a beautiful country that was filled with highlights.

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