“Travels to a Different Time” : June 22, 1971: A New Russian Speargun and the Man Who Sounded Like a Bee

Up early and to the store to buy some of that Fructal juice, bread and ham. They are big eaters of ham in Dubrovnik and it sure beats mackerel and sardines! I tried out my new fins at the beach and they were perfect. We met an English couple at the beach today and the man had such a raspy voice he sounded like a bee when he was talking. When you travel meeting new and different people is part of the adventure. After the beach we headed back into the walled city and I bought a Russian speargun. The spear was propelled by a blank and there were no springs. You load it by snapping the barrel down like a shotgun. It is very compact. With the blanks it was $10. We ran into bee man and his wife and went with them to a restaurant they said locals eat at. The food was excellent so I had two meals. It is not easy being hungry all the time but I swim and walk most of the day and am growing. We walked with bee man and his wife to a pastry shop for some local pastry. They were going to a concert but we were short on dinars so did not go with them. Our cost in Dubrovnik for room and food is $4.50 a day.

June 23, 1971: Perspirey Bus Ride and the Retired Crowd

We are taking the boat to the island of Korcula so it will be goodbye to Dubrovnik. Mom had set the water heater on at 6 am. So, at 7 there was plenty of hot water for two showers. We walked to the Number 2 bus and headed towards the port and I bought some buns and ham and that great Fructal juice. I discovered they have pear, apricot and cherry nectar. I wish we could have such delicious juices in Montreal! We took the BO express to the port. What a stink! We were on the boat at 9 and set up some deck chairs. We were amongst a group of retired people. Every time one of them saw something of interest all of them would rush over and take pictures. When we arrived in Korcula we went to the Marco Polo Tourist Agency and they sent us to Dr. Girol’s house which had a beautiful and very clean room and bathroom. It is at $2 a night.

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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