12 May 2006

Kambe Mali

So I am seated on the front porch of the guest house, soaking up some last minute rays of sunshine and blasts of heat. Today is my final day here in mali. I have many mixed emotions right now. I am happy to be leaving, but also sad to leave such and interesting and wonderful place. Work wise it was not what I expected, but culturally and personally it was incredible. It will take me many days, perhaps months, to figure out this whole thing called the Fogarty Fellowship, and what exactly my experience has taught me. I will never forget this experience, the people I have met, the things I have seen, smelled, heard, felt, and tasted.

I will have a lot more to talk about in a few weeks when I am home. For now, I am going on a 3 week trip to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and 3 days in Paris. It will serve as a great way to end the fellowship, and to get re-acclimated to something related to the American lifestyle.

In the meantime, I will leave you all with one parting thought: Africa, and especially Mali, is more than just a place on a map; It is a state of mind.

4 Comments:

At 9:22 PM, Blogger sebo said...

Hi Craig,

I hope you remember me. We met eachother at Peace&Love Hostel in Paris 2 weeks ago.

If you want to see some pics from my trip to Paris visit my website (http://www.sebos-mond.de)

Have a nice day

Bye bye

Sebastian

 
At 2:24 AM, Blogger whoami123 said...

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We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

 
At 3:42 AM, Blogger edmedina said...

Hi Craig, How are you? I'm Catherine Medina and I'm working on my PH Degree and for a paper it's on Malaria vaccine in Mali, because I spent 3 1/2 years in Cameroon with a Husband and 3 chlidren(3, 5, 7) and we all had Malaria a numerous of time.
I was wondering from the policital standpoint what is the response in Mali? If this vaccine would work would it be hard to fund within the country? How receptive was the country about the vaccine.
If you could respond would be grateful. Thanks, Catherine

 
At 3:42 AM, Blogger edmedina said...

Hi Craig, How are you? I'm Catherine Medina and I'm working on my PH Degree and for a paper it's on Malaria vaccine in Mali, because I spent 3 1/2 years in Cameroon with a Husband and 3 chlidren(3, 5, 7) and we all had Malaria a numerous of time.
I was wondering from the policital standpoint what is the response in Mali? If this vaccine would work would it be hard to fund within the country? How receptive was the country about the vaccine.
If you could respond would be grateful. Thanks, Catherine

 

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