“Travels to a Different Time” : 9August1974: Bohinj, Yugoslavia: Falling Apart, Getting Numb and on Stage Playing with the Band

Up at 8 and headed into town to buy some supplies for breakfast. Hitched and got a ride with some Germans but as I got into their car my leather money pouch snapped. I was told by tourist information where I could get the pouch sewn up. Smashed glasses, ripped Munich bag, lost watch and a melted shoe. I am falling apart! The shoemaker did a great repair job on the pouch. The town is impressive and its Alpine architecture is certainly different than the rest of Yugoslavia. It is a clean town and Slovenia is more affluent than the other republics in Yugoslavia. I took a two-kilometre marked trail back to the campsite and I am glad I did. No one was on the path and most of it was along a river and a very clean river with water so clear you could see big fat trout. Returned home for an early lunch of eggs.  Yugoslav eggs have a dark orange yolk and taste excellent unlike the tasteless Canadian eggs. I decided to take a 4 kms walk to a nearby village. Had eggs, bread, cheese, cherry juice and plums for dinner after my brief plunge into the lake. After 10 minutes in this mountain stream fed lake I was numb as can be. I played some harp in my tent and nearby I heard some live music coming from the hotel. The band was pathetic and I asked if I could play with them and they said yes at 11. I saw the Germans that gave me a lift in the morning and they asked me to join them. The were enjoying lots of wine.

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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