“Travels to a Different Time” : 7August73: Zadar, Yugoslavia: Hooked on Dalmatian Smoked Ham and Beans For Dinner With the Frenchmen

As it was another hitchhiking day and lifts are hard to get in Yugoslavia up at 6 a.m. for a swim at a spectacular beach. I suspect this will be my last ocean swim for 1973. The lineup at the store to buy breakfast supplies was long even for food challenged Yugoslavs. I got a ride after a two hour wait with a real fussbudget but he provided lunch of good old Fructal juice and Dalmatian smoked ham on fresh bread. I am hooked on this smoked ham. Why oh why did not I discover this Croatian delight earlier. We continued on despite ten near crashes. He left me outside Sibernik. 4 hours waiting in the blazing sun for my next lift to Zadar where I pitched tent and was invited by two Frenchman for a plate of hot beans for dinner.

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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