“Travels to a Different Time” : August 3, 1971: Bled, Yugoslavia: Letter from Margaret Mary Stephen to Daughter Barbara and Son Andrew: Woman Obsessed with Upcoming Trip to Munich

Time is getting closer for our German trip. We go by train on August 9th and it is an 8-hour trip. We leave at 5:30 a.m. and I can’t imagine what shape we will be in when we arrive. Fritz has made reservations for us at a hotel in Munich. I guess I am nuts to go off with him as I only have known him for three days. He will probably rape and murder me and kidnap Robert. The way I feel about him it might be a good way to go. The trip to Munich ought to be something. I will take a loaf of bread, cheese and fruit. Fritz will get an awful shock when he sees me. I will tell him I am his cousin Gertrude from the back 40. After 8 hours on a train I’ll look like one. Bled is picture book town with a castle up in the hills with an island in the middle of the lake. Every night there is a concert. The setting for it is fantastic! I have an incredible tan. Unlike Greece I am not fat. I think I am the only hippie mother in Europe. We ride the local buses, ships and trains with them and they cut bread on their knees. I must be NUTS! We have a room in an Alpine style house. There is only hot water for the taps in the bathroom sink. Years ago there lived a doctor here who was a health nut who built a small trail around the mountain that is supposed to take 15 minutes to walk. Robert has done it a few times in 10 minutes. The food here in Slovenia is just as awful as in the rest of Yugoslavia. I would love a simple hamburger and oh to have some roast beef and a glass of milk! My last birthday here was awful. The motto is NEVER TRAVEL ON YOUR BIRHDAY!

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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