“Travels to a Different Time”: 3August1973: Titograd, Kotor and Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia and a Trail of Blood: 34 Hours Without Sleep

What a nightmare bus trip some 7 hours from Skopje to Titograd. I had a hell of a seat at the back of the bus over a hot motor and I was banging to and fro like a ping pong ball. Finally sleep derived and famished I arrived in Titograd and stubbed my toe badly getting off the bus leaving a trail of blood with people staring at me. I bandaged it as good as I could. And I just missed the bus to Dubrovnik! No luck in finding a hotel in Titograd as it has an oceanfront and is a popular tourist destination. No luck just added to my fatigue and then the blood-soaked bandage started unravelling so I had to tape it up. It looked as if my toe was broken. I just recalled on our trip with Fritz on the Russian ship a man who mentioned Kotor was a beautiful spot so I booked a ticket and limped on the bus. At this point no sleep in more than 24 hours. In Kotor I managed to find an expensive room and at the price asked to see the room which was a hole in the wall. I limped out to the highway and snagged a lift to Dubrovnik with a French couple. Finally at Dubrovnik I reluctantly checked into a youth hostel. I went for a swim with a Norwegian dude and bought some food for a meal on the way home. I think I was in bed at 4. p.m. I must have been dead to the world after 34 hours of no sleep as there was a wild party in our room and I slept through it.

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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