A Boat in Our Baggage: Around the World with a Kayak - Maria CoffeyLondon: Little, Brown & Co., 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly.
Contains: Colour photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “You break up this boat up and put it in a basket? An intrigued Solomon Islander asked Maria Coffey.
She and her husband constantly faced such questions as they travelled the world with their folding kayak. A strong, seaworthy boat, it could be taken apart and stored, not in a basket, but in a large canvas bag. Over the course of a year, Maria and Dag transported it by everything from jumbo jet to buffalo cart, and paddled it thousands of miles into remote corners of the world.
They never knew what awaited them around the next headland or bend in the river. There were sharks and giant turtles off the jungle coastlines of the Solomon Islands; bandits, floating bodies and ancient religious rituals along the River Ganges, and a political storm on Lake Malawi that had them dodging government spies as well as aggressive hippos. In remote villages, where they were the first foreigners to be seen for years and the only ones to arrive by kayak, people opened their homes and hearts to them. And even in the more familiar landscapes of Europe their adventures continued as they were arrested by border guards on the Danube and engulfed by waves of Guinness in Ireland.
When Maria Coffey set off with a boat in her baggage, she had no idea that she would drink water straight from the Ganges, eat a cake made of flies or have lightning bolts sent to her from an African witchdoctor. Such dizzying experiences and colourful encounters are told with engaging candour in her story of this unique journey around the world.”