“Travels to a Different Time” ; 23July1973: Paros and Glyfada, Greece: A Cauldron of Emotions and the Dutchie Gets Pissed! Will Curiosity Kill the Cat?

Well our last full day in Greece for 1973. A great morning swim and most likely my last in such beautiful waters as I head behind the Iron Curtain. After our morning swim a hot shower then breakfast of oranges, rusks and honey. We left for the docks at 11:30 and Michael the Dutchie was starting to drink beer and lots of it. We waited for 4 hours for the boat. Ferry schedules are rather unreliable in Greece! Mom’s temper is boiling and she is becoming angry with the poor Greek sailors. I just let it roll off my shoulders. Michael the Dutchie just keeps packing away beer. We arrived at Piraeus about 9 p.m. It was a nice trip as we had a couple of guitar players on deck class. We had a can of sardines, bread and grapes for dinner on board. After a long search we ended up in Glyfada a beach suburb of Athens at a nice hotel called the Riviera. Mom is super cranky I am getting a bit anxious about my trip behind the Iron Curtain. Yugoslavia was communist but a liberal communist country. Bulgaria is hard core communist. My goodness why am I heading into the wilds where so few Westerners go. What troubles will my sense of adventure get me in? I am going ahead with this and most likely because so few are willing to wade into hostile communist territory. I think about how curiosity killed the cat.

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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