“Travels to a Different Time” : July 21, 1971: Novalja, Yugoslavia: More letters from Fritz and Ja Ja Nein Nein

Up early for a bus trip to our new destination Novalja on the northern tip of the island of Pag. Mom is not eating breakfast today as she says she is on a diet so she doesn’t look like a horse in Germany. We just hacked around for a bit and packed up for our bus trip to Novalja which is in the north of Pag. I picked up some mail which consisted of two letters from Fritz much to Mom’s delight. We got on the 2 o’clock bus and luckily got a seat although I had to push a surly guy over that was hogging two seats. The road is barren and rocky making for a bumpy and dusty ride. Novalja is considerably bigger than the town of Pag. It has running water! We went to the tourist office and found a really nice room but I fear it will be noisy as we are in front of the market and two restaurants. We don’t even have a key to our room in the house. We had a glorious hot shower the first one in days. We discovered where the bakery was and Mom bought a bottle of red wine which she later said was the best she ever had. Greasy spaghetti yet again and some very good goulash which really is a few chunks of meat in a sea of gravy. Good for mopping up with bread. A favourite low-cost meal of hippies because you can fill up with bread. Mom had a headache so she popped up a pill and headed up to bed while I people watched for half an hour and I came back to the room and woke Mom up and we went for a walk on the waterfront where we found a band playing music. Mom left at 9 and I stayed until 10 and came home and had another glorious hot shower. What a luxury! I drifted off to sleep to the clinking of cutlery below with lots of Ja Ja’s and Nein Nein’s at the restaurant below. We noticed many Germans here.

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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