Travels to a Different Time: June 1970: Moped Troubles in Rhodes!

Hotel Pearl in Rhodes was quite to our liking. The room was small but spotless and had a breezy balcony. We had a quick lunch and I rented a moped for a couple of hours and had a ball zipping around. A 12-year-old on the open road. No way you could do that as a 12-year-old in Canada! We hung around the beach later in the afternoon and met up with Jenny and Charly Horse the South African couple we met on the ship here from Piraeus. We also met up with our ship friend Dr. Boden and all of us decided to rent mopeds and travel some 40 kilometres to the Acropolis at Lindos.I am not sure what kilometres are or kilos as we do not follow the metric system in Canada.

At 9 a.m. off we went to Lindos with Dr. Boden and Jenny and Charly Horse. We got off to a zippy start but just out of town my bike pooped out. I got a lift to a gas station with the bike and they said it would be tomorrow before it would be ready. It was decided that Charly Horse and I would go back to Rhodes and get a new moped and off with my new moped and we went to the small town where we left the ladies. Mom had had a spill and had a gash which Dr. Boden had cleaned and bandaged. We started going up some hills higher and higher and Mom was getting nervous. We finally arrived in Lindos hot and tired so a trip to cool down at the beach was just what we needed. We then went out with a fisherman in the late afternoon and were back on shore at 8:30 p.m.. The fisherman had a couple of rooms in his house which we rented. The next morning, we saw the acropolis at Lindos and after lunch headed back to Rhodes.

Mom and the adults spent time together for the next two days but I met a boy my age at the beach and spent a couple of days with him. He taught me how to spearfish and he nailed a couple of fish but no such luck for me. His family owned a restaurant so we had lunch there. Boy what an adventure! Are there sharks in Greece because we were far out in the ocean?

A couple of days later Charly and Jenny Horse went on their way and we hung out with Dr. Boden who insisted we call her Heidi. Every time I say that name I think of The Sound of Music!

One night at dinner we met two American sailors Charly and Barney who were cooks on a United States aircraft carrier anchored in the harbour. After dinner we went with the sailors and Heidi to a nightclub. A 12-year-old at a nightclub! Cool daddy Cool! The sailors were drunk as skunks and we said good-bye at 3 in the morning but not before they invited us on their aircraft carrier later in the day. We took a launch to the aircraft carrier and Shorty had been instructed by Charly and Barney to take us on a special tour. To get on the ship we had to climb a rope ladder and the ladies were not happy as the sailors below were looking up their dresses. We saw the kitchen and had sweet buns. These sailors eat a good breakfast every day and I am stuck with bread and jam! We saw jets and all sorts of weapons.

I have seen and done so many things in 10 days that 12-year old’s in Canada would never see. I feel I am growing up real quick. Is this what Europe can do to a 12-year-old?

We found a bakery around the corner from the hotel so every morning we went to get just baked rolls. We had with juice and jam on our balcony. Mom saw the baker who always had a drippy nose which we hoped did not drip into the dough.

A couple of days later we said goodbye to Heidi at the port as she was going to another island. She had left her contact details and we may meet up again in Europe. She invited us to West Berlin! Boy I can’t wait to see the Berlin Wall!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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