As you might know, there was an attack in Bassam in the French Quarter on Sunday. It was the epitome of evil. I know and love these places a lot. Being far away from home, they are a source of joy and a window into the richness of life here for me. I am there with the kids and my friends all the time. I was there Friday with the kids, at Etoile du Sud all day Saturday, and was heading back there Sunday when it all started and the people began running. I am safe and moving forward but it is undeniably a life-changing event. There is no question about that. Unfortunately, it is going to be a part of who I am as a person. With time it will be good, but right now it is pretty sad and no matter what I learn from it and do with it I will always wish it away. I have written about what exactly happened and my general feelings over the last few days and eventually I think I will post this. For now, all I can say is that I will live, as best I can, with kindness and a lot more perspective.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.