“Travels to A Different Time” : 11July1973: Piraeus and Ios: Overweight Greek Brats and Hippies: Who is Mom Sleeping With?

Up at 6 a.m. somewhat spaced out by grungy bus travel, transatlantic crossings and a late-night movie I shouldn’t have watched in Bangor the night before our flight. All we could find to eat was a package of cookies. There was mass confusion on the docks with shouting and arguments. There is nothing like travel exhaustion to give everything a surreal edge. On the ship we met a Greek girl Athena who is going to university in New Jersey in the fall. There were loads of hippies more than the usual on an island steamer. There were also a large number of overweight Greek kids. A strange crowd of passengers. We traveled last year to a Yugoslavian Island of Murter where there is a deaf mute camp. Is Ios a haven for hippies and overweight children! We had some chow at the snack bar on board. For once I am not starving on a continual basis. We stopped at the island of Paros a beautiful looking island and we said good-bye to Athena. After 8 hours of sailing, we arrived in Ios and had a trouble finding a room. Mom forgot the Munich bag we purchased with Fritz last summer. What ever happened to that guy. Not a question I think I should ask. I had to tear back to the ship and rescue the Munich bag. Mom went up the hill to a village and found a room but as we trudged up the hill to check in she forgot where the hotel was. After an emotional time we found it and off to a true Yugoslavian greasy dinner one doesn’t expect in Greece (pardon the pun). What did Mom book? Why am I sleeping in a room with three others. Where is Mom?

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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