“Travels to a Different Time” : Prelude to a 1971 Adventure: Midnight Express to New York

June 2, 1971: Today Mom was up at 4:30 in the morning too excited about our upcoming trip. I am studying and have no time to get excited.

June 7, 1971: No idea where we are going. Sister Barb will not be in New York when we arrive.

June 9, 1971:  Wrote my last dumb exam today. I rushed home to take a shower before we leave to New York but the water was out (like in Greece and Istanbul) so we went for a swim and sauna instead. We are taking the midnight Greyhound bus to New York. We are going to the Berri Metro station as the bus terminal is there. Mom forgot the keys to Barb’s apartment so I had to run back and get them. It was an 8-hour trip from Montreal and the passengers were a bit rough. There are some Amish on the bus and US customs told them they could not enter the United Sates. We stopped at Saratoga Springs in New York for a rest stop. We arrived in New York at 11 a.m. tired and smelling of bus. Diary entry of Margaret Mary Stephen: Dr. Gordon gave me some pills to help me sleep on the bus and I slept most of the trip. The bus was easier than all that airport hassle. Barb’s apartment isn’t that far from Port Authority where the bus station is. Robert is a good travel partner and never crabs and I don’t know how he stands me. One day he will be as old as I am and he will understand that confusion comes with age. I appreciate his understanding. Nancy and Judy are good to us as it must be a bit of an upset having two people in their apartment which is so small. I defrosted the fridge which took 4 hours. I guess all this flying leaves little time for such a job. I will be glad to get going as I have been waiting for this a long time. I hope Robert has fun as he deserves it as he has been studying so hard at school

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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