“Travels to a Different Time ” : 4August1974: Plitvice, Yugoslavia: Spectacular National Park

Up at 8 for an edible breakfast. I headed off to Plitvice National Park across the road. A pair of hitchhikers had given me their entrance ticket yesterday so I entered for free. The park was spectacular full of waterfalls of all sizes and beautiful turquoise pools. I walked around the paths for 4 hours and came home to the campground for a swim where I met some Brits complaining to no end about life in England. They all were terribly pasty white and not particularly good looking. I ate around 7 and as I was finishing two Canadian girls set up their tent next to mine. It was the same tent as mine.

5August1974: Gruelling Travel Day to Ljubljana

Up early for an ambitious destination of Ljubljana. It was already hot as can be at 07:30. I snagged my first ride in only 15 minutes from a Yugoslav believe it or not. We took the highway to Zagreb and it was a real two-lane highway so we were in Zagreb jiffy quick. I had an hour walk to get to the next road in the blazing sun. My Munich bag finally hit the dust. Melting shoe and now a busted bag requiring me to jam up my already crowded knapsack. I got a lift to the road to Ljubljana. But I needed to walk some distance to get a spot and the sun was ferocious. A two hour wait for a lift that took me a mere 20 kms. I had to walk up a big hill to a gas station which was a good place to catch a lift which turned out to be a lift to Ljubljana. There was so much traffic heading south mostly Germans who love Yugoslavia. I could not remember where the youth hostel I stayed at last year was so had to go to a tourist agency to find its location but it was not the same one I had bunked at last year. But at $2 it was the same price. I went to eat at a Maxi-Market a brand-new shopping complex and very modern like something out of Star Trek. I ate an excellent meal for $1. I walked around a bit and retuned back to the hostel for a shower.

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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