“Travels to a Different Time” : 19August1973: Getting Stared at by the Provincials in Bonn and Ending up in Philadelphia

Woke up in the hospital with all limbs intact. Tidied up and Michael arrived and Heidi shortly after with some breakfast. Heidi had to be in surgery in another hospital some 4 kms away so we drove her there. Michael took me on a tour of Bonn and after we met Heidi for lunch at the hospital cafeteria. I had a tour of the new intensive care unit the most modern in Germany. I received a few stares with my long hair. Michael and Heidi are Berliners and very modern and cosmopolitan so long hair raises no eyebrows with them but does with these “provincial types” in Bonn/Köln. The Roman ruins we saw were impressive. A lazy evening with a couple of Dortmunder Unions and a German movie on television.

20August1973: Michael and Heidi drove me to the airport in Bonn and we said our good-byes. Very tight security at the airport including soldiers with machine guns. My chances of getting on the Overseas National Airways flight to New York was not looking good but a miracle happened as another US charter airline Capitol International Airways had room if I wanted to get to Philadelphia.

21August1973: We arrived in Philadelphia at 10:30 p.m. and I cleared customs around 11:30. A choir was belting out songs in the terminal building. I had to borrow 50 cents from one of them to go to the terminal my flight would be leaving from. I slept at the airport and next morning a flight to New York and then to Montreal. Good to be home but give me a few months and I will want to hit the road again. For the time being good-bye Europe for 1973. Next year?

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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