I nearly missed my connecting flight in Vienna - we had almost touched down when we took off again at alarming speed. The captain later told us there had been a car on the runway! The time it took to ascend, circle and land again gave me just 20 minutes between flights and I had to run from one end of the airport to the other. Amazingly my suitcase and me both made it!
As I arrived in daylight and had no immediate deadlines I braved the public transport system with my suitcase - one bus and two metro trains later I arrived at our hotel, right by the conference centre.
|Hotel Corinthia, Prague|
|Lida and Thida hit the streets of Prague!|
|Tea at the Tramway Cafe|
|Beautiful roses in Prague - national museum at the top of the picture|
|Wonderful Cheese Shop in Prague's main street|
Finally we met up for dinner with Professor Lesley Page, the RCM's President, and managed to negotiate some rice for Lida even though it was not on the menu - Cambodians need to eat rice every day! Lesley was moved to hear about their experiences of losing family in Khmer Rouge times and the long-lasting impact this has had on Cambodian society and midwifery.
Slowly the world of midwifery is gathering here in Bohemia. I was overjoyed to see Pashtoon Azfar, founder of the Afghan Midwives Assocation and now working with the International Confederation of Midwives. We have worked together twice in Nepal and she's an amazing midwife with a powerful message.
Unfortunately our Ugandan twins are not yet here - UK visa delays mean they could not catch their flight as planned. All of our project team and contacts are working hard in UK, Uganda and Prague to make a miracle happen. Meanwhile, prayers and positive vibes appreciated!
At the end of a long day this was the best sight in the world. More blurb from Bohemia soon!
|My cosy bed in Bohemia|