“Travels to a Different Time” : 1August1974: Drače, Yugoslavia:  Thank You Roosters: Up to a Pack a Day: The Crazy Jumping Barber

The roosters did their job well today waking me up early. I was too pooped to walk three kms to buy some bread in Janina so I had a pack of Moccas which are wafer cookies the Yugoslavs excel in making. I am up to a pack a day of these great cookies. I try and eat a peach a day if I can find them but generally speaking I am starved for vegetables and fruits. The heat was intense and unrelenting so off to the pier and the Adriatic. Beautifully calm water and so refreshing. Who on earth would want to go to the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria and Romania! A group of us stayed until 2 and headed off for the usual lunch. Back at three to watch the town barber climb the light pole and dive into the ocean. Is he crazy? Then he goes for a swim with his two dogs! I borrowed an air mattress and floated around frying like a roasted green pepper or better said a red pepper! Back at the tent around 7 to pack up but an accident smashed up my glasses. I met Jean and André and we went to the restaurant for a beer. Mirela joined us and we had another beer and Dalmatian smoked ham sandwiches. We went to other restaurant and had some beer and wine. At 11:30 gentleman that we are we escorted Mirela home and then went to sleep at the pier. But with so many people walking on the pier and singing sleep was fitful.

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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