'I thought I was drowning'

Carelessly, I dropped my wallet in a cab while journeying in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

On the Indonesian island of Sumba, for an awful minute, I thought I might drown when I toppled off my stand-up paddle board on a seemingly calm, countryside river.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 19, 2019, with the headline ''I thought I was drowning''. Print Edition | Subscribe