“Travels to a Different Time” : 29July1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Movie Night in Drače: The Singing Czechs

Up at 09:30 and I went to Nino’s house to take advantage of the running water having a shave and brushing my teeth. We sat around and I met a Yugoslav girl called Daria but I call her Dacia which is a Romanian car made under license from Renault. Mirela joined us and Nino took some pictures of the gang. Nino’s friends arrived and off they drove to Split. A group of us went swimming until 7 and two Belgian guys and I went to the restaurant for dinner and a few beers. At 8:30 about 10 of us went into the cinema at Janina and watched a French movie. The volume was so loud it distorted the dialogue and it was impossible to hear the dialogue. Two Belgian girls and two Belgian guys joined me at the restaurant where we remained until closing time.

30July1974: The days seem to be melding into one continuous stream. I waited a day later to write this and I can’t remember many details of the day. I remember getting up and having some cherry juice, bread and cheese and then going to the pier. I am becoming friends with the two Belgian guys André and Jean who are travelling on motorcycles. It was off to lunch for the usual with a fellow from Sarajevo. Had a rest on Nino’s balcony and spent the afternoon frying on the beach. Mirela joined us. The Belgians had some taped music we listened to which was good. At 7 Mirela and I hopped on the back of the motorcycles and off to buy some food at Janina. The locals were interested in the Japanese motorcycles and were asking questions about them. If this was Romania I think there would be a crowd of two hundred people with a policeman controlling them! Once back in the campground we went to a restaurant and had a jam. We left at 01:00 and returned to a quiet campground. Everyone seems in bed by 9 except for a group of Czechs that drink beer and sing all night long.

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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