“Travels to a Different Time “: July 1971: Pag, Yugoslavia: Has Fritz Fallen Like a Ton of Bricks?

Letter from Margaret Mary Stephen to Diane and Gerald Frank: This place is a far cry from Spain-in every way-But everyone goes to Spain and I have to be different. We have been away a long time. Every once and awhile I long to be back. We will be in Germany soon. Already I have had 10 letters from Fritz-he fell like a ton of bricks. In early August he will met us at the airport in Munich and proceed to show us Germany. Take us to West Berlin to meet Heidi. We are doing the islands moving from one to the other moving toward Trieste. The islands are quite similar all fairly primitive. The food is grim and monotonous with lots of bread and potato and little meat or vegetables. No wonder they are fat but not me. I dare not as I don’t want to look like a horse when we meet Fritz. The people are very poor. I don’t know how they can stand this monotonous life. Here they only have water once a day although they have full bathrooms. The bathtubs are full of water which they use to flush toilets. They carry water from the village to their homes. This is a real underdeveloped place. No one has a fridge so they shop every day and line up for food. Like yesterday I lined up to buy a scarf then had to line up again to pay for it. I’d go stark raving mad if I had to do that every day. Robert has been at the nightclub every nite. I sat there for 3 nights and finally gave up. Rob finally got the courage to ask a girl for a dance but it was a slow number which he does not know how to dance. Robert is good company and I would have not lasted this long without him. No one but no one speaks English and we have run out of books There is nothing in the stores that I would buy or wear. Very shoddy and expensive. We go from island to island on boats and travel deck class. I am very dark, almost black and feel like a hippie. The main thing is THAT I AM NOT FAT.

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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