For those of us Americans who don't know our geography, here are some facts about Mali:
- It's in Africa. (In case you didn't know.)
- It's the home of Koman Coulibaly, the ref who called back a goal during the World Cup when the US was playing Slovenia.
- Ever heard of Timbuktu? That's in Mali. Who knew?!?
Lizzy was able to get this great opportunity through Tulane, where she's in grad school for Public Health / Global Health Systems Management. It's so great that she got this opportunity - Africa is in desperate need of people like Lizzy due to all of that continent's widespread epidemics like AIDS, malaria, and bad soccer referees.
Luckily for us, Lizzy is writing a blog called Liz in Mali about her adventures there. From her layover in Senegal to speaking about family planning options to devout Muslims in Mali... from getting lost in a big city trying to find a place to watch the World Cup to little kids being afraid of her because she's white... it's all there, and more. It's really an interesting read.
I always knew my cousin was beautiful, athletic, smart and talented, but I didn't know she was such a great writer.
Please check out her blog if you get a chance: LizInMali.blogspot.com. I suggest you start at the beginning. :)