“Travels to a Different Time” : June 20, 1971, Dubrovnik; Educational Instruction Regarding Prostitutes and My Pants Are on Fire!

Up at 7:30 on our Russian cruise ship and after breakfast hung around on the upper deck and relaxed until our lunch of Pepper Steak. My appetite has retuned as after that nasty sunstroke I am back to normal so I appreciated those extra two Pepper Steaks. We breezed through customs and grabbed a taxi into the town to wander around for several hours to find a room and we found a nice one but the bathroom was dirty and there is no hot water but later we discovered there was a hot water heater you had to drop coins into if you wanted a hot shower. It seems Greece and Yugoslavia have the same water problem. After a terribly frigid shower off into the walled city. What a tourist trap. Mom decided to increase my education and taught me the naughty women across the way leaning on the wall were prostitutes. Will the adventures end? Having never seen a prostitute perhaps next time I can point them out? We had a lousy and greasy supper of Goulash and took the Number 2 bus back to our room.

June 21, 1971, Dubrovnik: We had a great sleep and were up at 10:30. I went out to buy some orange juice in a foil pouch with a straw attached to it made by a company called Fructal. It was delicious. The owner of the pension we were saying at offered us breakfast for $1 each. A bit expensive for bread and fried eggs. Instead we decided to go to a nearby beach where there was an entry fee of 14 cents. I bought some bread and ham for lunch at a nearby store which we had at the beach. More cold water! We were back at the room at 3:30, changed and went to a café on the roof of a department store. The quality of the goods at the department store were poor. A clerk was rude to Mom. She does not like the people of Dubrovnik and finds them rude. We headed out to a café and someone tossed a cigarette butt out of a window that landed on my lap and burnt a hole in my pants before I noticed it. Maybe Mom is right about the people here? In a way they did me a favour as I hated those pants.

Photo: Samantha Train

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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