God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

26.10.2009 Travel slivers of a Monday…

Early up – Germany decided to change the clock and the body reacts with confusion.  Early breakfast before heading to the airport. Why does the blackberry not function along the way – especially when you need to send some messages?

At the airport: check in is on one end, the waiting area on the others.. miles to run because for security reasons one should directly enter the holding area for passengers..

Frankfurt in fog – that is the first explanation for the delay – after boarding another announcement: There is another 20 minutes to wait until the plane is allowed to move… some chocolate is used to calm down nervous passengers, fearing about their connection flights…

Final we fly – quite delayed and while descending to Frankfurt the stewardess announces all connections flights, which have been already gone.. Please contact our ground staff for further information…

Another delay at Frankfurt airport, we have to wait another 10 minutes until we are allowed to cross a runway.. did I mention that behind me the kid is crying since “hours” and it seems that except the parents  all other passengers care…

Arriving to late to my meeting, but thanks God they all have time to sit and work through our topics – all only here for this one meeting. 2nd Ecumenical Church Day in Munich and the Vienna World Aids Conference are topics amongst others.  A good meeting and with that, the better part of the day starts:

My rented car has the number plate BIT – which stands for Bitburg, my hometown – a lucky one – and tomorrow I will go to Bitburg to give some talks.

The hotel, I check in, is quite booked and with an apology, that my booked room is not available they upgrade me..  I hope that my luck continues throughout the evening. I deserve it… do I?? 🙂 Well, we all deserve it sometimes…. 🙂

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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