“Travels to a Different Time : 23July1974; Nis, Skopje, Yugoslavia: Am I Jack Nicholson or Peter Fonda? Staying in Earthquake City!

Woke up yet again in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Unfortunately my jeans I washed last night are still damp. These are my last pair of pants. I went down for a great Continental breakfast at 08:30. I ate quickly and hung up my pants to dry further. Not willing to wait I headed out off to Skopje. I found a discarded sign with “Skopje” written on it so I used that and snagged a lift going halfway. Some French kids picked me up and dropped me off at Skopje site of a recent devastating earthquake. I had a choice of taking the bus to Dubrovnik leaving at 22:00 but that would cause some difficulties in finding a room so late at night. So I found the dreaded youth hostel and there were a crowd of poorly dressed Bulgarian youth in the lobby. I met a German guy as I was heading up to my room and we agreed to meet in the lobby in 15 minutes. He had a Yamaha 125 CC motorbike so we had a spin around the town a la Easy Rider. The old town is beautiful and there are some mosques as there is a Muslim population here. We wanted to see some mosques but all were closed. We headed up in the hills for a spectacular view of Skopje. There is so much life in Yugoslavia compared to Romania. We stopped in a cafeteria and as there was food glorious food I ate like a horse. After dinner we sat by the river and had a bottle of wine in a café. We headed back to the youth hostel and had a beer in the lobby. Beer in a youth hostel! Is the world coming to an end?

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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