Michelle Obama landed in South Africa last night for her second official trip abroad by herself since Barack was elected. The first lady will be joined by her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, for the six-day tour of South Africa and Botswana, along with her mother, Marian Robinson, and her niece and nephew. Michelle will meet with girls and young women, and the focus of the trip is youth leadership, but today the crew met with one of the continent's older leaders, 92-year-old Nelson Mandela. Michelle and her family also visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where they examined Mandela's significant personal photographs and journals.
Later this week, Michelle will use her popularity in Africa to call attention to health issues like HIV/AIDS, and she'll attend a Friday tribute to girls who have overcome adversity in Botswana. See some photos of the trip so far now.