Melting Ivory: Life Happens For You, Not To You

There are some experiences in life you simply can’t prepare for. Like that time I found myself sneaking out for a clandestine tryst in the midst of a coup d’etat in what had been, right up till then, the most stable country in West Africa. When I saw that flatbed truck headed straight for me, covered in Ivorian soldiers, stripped to the waist and shooting their AK-47’s in the air, I thought it was the last thing I would see. Little did I know that my adventure-and the accompanying danger-was barely getting warmed up.

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