“Travels to a Different Time” : August 26, 1971: Frankfurt: Put on the Wrong Plane! Just Get Me Home!

When you have your mind set on coming home you are like a bird dog on a scent. After showing our tickets for our trip to Oakland we were directed to get on a bus on the tarmac to take us to the airplane at 1 a.m.  We see our Overseas National Airways airplane. But wait we are driving past it! We get on the plane but something is wrong. We have been put on an Atlantis Airways flight! As the Germans say Shaisa! We were escorted off the plane in a big kafuffle causing a 45-minute delay. The Overseas National Airways people got an earful from us! We ended up taking a taxi back to Frankfurt and had trouble finding a room which we did but it was gross. Exhausted we collapsed in our beds at 4 a.m. Up at 10 where I went out to get some food for breakfast. After breakfast Mom went out to buy a new suitcase and me a Munich Olympics bag and some Adidas running shoes. We went out for dinner to a cafeteria in the train station for a lousy meal. Off to bed for hopefully the last sleep in Europe for 1971.

Photo; Aldo Bidini

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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