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.