“Travels to a Different Time” : June 9/10, 1971: Piddling Around in New York; Where in the World Are We Going? We are Going to Athens!

June 9, 1971: I woke up at 9 a.m. and refused a ham sandwich for breakfast. I went to Sloan’s Supermarket and bought some groceries. But then Mom told me to go out again and get some more groceries. For lunch mom made some hamburgers and not having eaten breakfast I had three of them. Mom made a big batch of spaghetti and I had two big plates. Why I am always hungry? Barb’s roommate Nancy was back in the late afternoon and had a big plate of spaghetti. Nancy and Mom sat around drinking wine and I read and we were in bed at 11. New York City is dirty but not as bad as Istanbul. There is garbage everywhere and it smells. The city seems like it is crumbling and reminds me of Istanbul.

Diary entry Margaret Mary Stephen: Brigette the Overseas National Airway stewardess sounded pleasant and we agreed to share a cab to JFK for our flight to Athens. I find it very confusing and hectic to get a cab in New York. The drivers are al so rude and grasping. We know where we are going and it is deep in Europe again.. Athens! Our main goal was to land in Europe and Athens is better than Frankfurt! Robert remains very calm and I think our trip last year really matured him. He reminds me of my late husband Jack in that respect. One day he will be a kind steady husband and a father.

Photo : Aldo Bidini

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. 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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