God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Thoughts, inside, comments of a Catholic priest

Day 27: 13th May 2011

Friday, the 13th – a  bad day? Not for us. In the early morning we are picked up by VW Argentina and brought to the place of the press conference, a restaurant called “Clo Clo” close to the domestic airport. More than 50 journalists are waiting for us and we are welcomed by Leonardo Airel Beh, head of VW Commerical Vehicles Argentina. He phrases a very valid sentence: “With money one can achieve a lot regarding the topic HIV and AIDS, but communication is more important.”

In the afternoon we  bring our vehicles to the International airport for the air transfer to Germany. Even here customs is a pleasure. Monday they will go to Frankfurt, we follow on Tuesday.

We are booked into Girmondo Hostel, simple and clean. In the evening our dreams of juicy steaks become reality, what a treat after days of trekking meals. Red wine and beer help us to digest all the meat we can eat. We deserve it. 27 days on the road, 17167 km behind us in 20 driving days. 7 days stuck in Vancouver, Panama and Cartagena. The team has found itself feeling homesick and everybody deals with this in his or her own way.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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