“Travels to a Different Time”: 26 July1974: Somewhere in Yugoslavia: Low Budget Paradise: Where in the Hell Am I?

I woke up today knowing I am north of Dubrovnik. A tiny village called Janiania? It is not on my map. I really don’t care as I know I must head north to get to Germany to leave Europe shortly. I am in the Twilight Zone and there is a beautiful ocean and lots of Dalmatian smoked ham. My Austrian pals returned with loads of food for breakfast. We feasted and headed off to a fabulous beach for the morning. We are all hooked on this wonderful Dalmatian smoked ham and we went to a tiny restaurant for a bottle of sparkling Radenska sparkling water and two Dalmatian smoked ham sandwiches each. As we were eating a fight broke out in the restaurant with the son of the owner slugging the daughter of the owner. A crowd emerged to separate the two combatants. I think that spooked my Austrian friends and they packed up and left asking me if I wanted to go with them. My answer was no as I am stuck by forces unknown here. So I am alone in the big world. So back to the beautiful beach and cleaned out my nylon house of garbage and walked about a village unmarked on the map that I think was called Drače? This place is off the grid. Dinner was leftover food from Romania meaning bread, Russian canned sprats, peach juice and a peach. I have a dilapidated tent. No radio. No TV. I don’t even know where the fuck I am! Off to bed at 20:00. Wherever I am it is a therapeutic recovery from the horrific Romanian Black Sea Coast. What can happen in the Twilight Zone? Who knows? My mom always said the ocean had a healing power. I am beginning to understand this!

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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