A couple weeks ago, my older sister graduated from medical school and became the newest doctor in the family.
Although this occasion marked the end of her years as a student at Charles University in the Czech republic, a place she had called home for so long; it also heralded the beginning of a new chapter of her life as a junior doctor on the small island of Malta.
So to help celebrate this amazing achievement, the whole family and my lovely aunt flew out to Prague for three days.
The journey out there was definitely one for the memory books...a lost passport, forgotten sandwiches, misplaced parking ticket, oversized luggage, rude desk staff...and to top things off we arrived at the departure gate after the final boarding call and were extremely lucky to actually make it on the plane.
After such a stressful early morning flight, when we arrived in Prague we slept the rest of the day away. The next morning after breakfast, I put on my dress from H&M and headed off to the ceremony. In hindsight I wish I brought a belt along with me for the waistline of that dress...
The ceremony was was a bit different to what I had expected. As one of the oldest university in Europe, certain traditions needed to be upheld:
1) The ceremony was in English, Latin and Czech....we are in the Czech republic after all.
2) Clapping was not permitted at any point during the ceremony...not even when you see your sibling saunter down the stage with that degree finally in her hand (I wooped and cheered loudly in my head!)
3) Gowns were not to be worn by the graduates inside the ceremony hall...maybe Charles IV did not envision gowns being worn when he created the university in the 14th century
one thing I really liked about the ceremony was that all the people in gown/robes, who were some of their med-school professors, went round during the ceremony to congratulate each and everyone of them. It made the ceremony slightly more personal, me thinks.
This was the moment when I wanted to clap, woop and cheer...but was not allowed :-(
Doctor in the house!
Unfortunately I didn't get much of a chance to explore Prague again due to the limited time we had in the city but here are a few shots I took on the way back to the hotel:
My sister is a nerd!
We had traditional Czech food for dinner but the Brit in me had to order a side of chips
Can I have some chips, please? (said in my best cockney accent)
Cute little old-school cash register at the restaurant
The pictures in the restaurant must have had a hand in inspiring my dad's purchase of a pint of beer.
Besides a few minor hiccups, it was great to have all the family together again in one country and under one roof! Lots of Banter!