After flying into Sierra Leone, you either get a helicopter or a speedboat to Freetown, the capital. Last night, we got the speedboat. This entailed walking onto a comically flimsy dock over waters so rough that the dock itself would disappear under water every few seconds. Six men hold various parts of you while you stretch your leg to reach the boat, which isn’t tied too securely to the dock. After that, you’re just happy to be alive for the 30 minute journey over choppy waters – the resulting soaking and queasiness doesn’t seem so bad compared to drowning.
Above, with PopTech president Cheryl Heller after surviving our mini-ordeal.