“Travels to a Different Time” : 12July1973: Ios, Greece: Watching Sunsets with the Freaks: Watching Sunsets with the Freaks

Up early to watch the sunrise on the coast below the village. Spectacular! Picked up some breakfast supplies and headed to a supposedly fantastic beach. We had to take a bus then a put putt boat. What a beach. Crystal clear waters and beautiful sand. No speargun fishing this year. Came home for a siesta and headed down below to Yianni’s for a top rate dinner. We are used to the small Greek restaurant servings but there was more quantity than we expected so we passed the extra food to a German chick and her boyfriend. Before dinner we joined the freaks on the edge of a big hill listening to classical music. Yorgo the sole village policeman attends as well and he looks nervously at all the freaks. Is that dope I smell? We will make watching the sunset a regular activity. My mother is the oldest hippie in the group! I must give her credit for living like a vagabond. It takes some guts at her age. Many her age criticize freaks but she sees most of them as intelligent and good kids. Points for that Mom!

Freaks is not a nasty term. It is what many of the hippies call each other. Sort of a brotherly term! Long hair, strange clothing and jewelry and of course for many dope. Greece is close to Turkey and lots of hashish comes into Greece from Turkey. I understand they catch a few hippies every year trying to smuggle it into Greece.

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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