“Travels to a Different Time ” : 3August1974: Parts Unknown Yugoslavia: Downcast and Sitting by a Pile of Stale Bread Crusts

My mind being occupied by thoughts of you know who I woke up on a beach with André and Jean. We walked to a nearby store for some food for breakfast. After a quick breakfast on the bike up to Karlovac where I said good-bye to André and Jean. I walked to a tourist office and found a bus was heading up towards Plitvice in a half an hour. There is national park there with many waterfalls they said so I killed some time by having a bottle of Radenska mineral water in a café. I finally hopped on a bus with a pile of stale breadcrusts looming over me. I was feeling rather stale myself so I was in good company. I made it as far as Gospic and after half an hour on the way to Plitvice. It was full of peasants and soon we hit a dirt rough road that reassembled our innards. Yugoslavs always seem to be eating and they have lots of food to eat on buses. The bus stopped outside Plitvice. I was told the youth hostel was closed but 3 kms down the road there was a campground. By the time I arrived at the campground I was drenched in sweat. There was even a pool! So after a swim went to campground store and bought some food. After some grapes joined some Jesus people who were playing guitar and I pulled out my harp. The way I am feeling I need a bit of salvation. Exhausted by the heat and emotionally beaten up I crawled into bed at 11.

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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