“Travels to a Different Time” : 12August1974: Bled, Northern Italy and up to Kufstein Austria

Happy 19th birthday! Last year of being a teenager. I packed up which I find a bit of a pain as just when I think I am done I see something I have forgotten to pack. And since my Munich bag broke I really have to cram my possessions, as meagre as they may be in my knapsack. I had a farewell bottle of cold Radenska and took a bus trip to the main highway to stick out my thumb. The ride came real quick and what a birthday present with a 55 year old woman heading up through Italy up to Austria. She had a son my age travelling in Greece so I told her some of my adventures there and what life is like on the road. Hopefully she did not suffer a nervous breakdown. I am a regular Jack Kerouac! One day my travel diary may be a book. What incredible scenery in Austria with everything being so green and the majestic mountains. She left me off at Kufstein and I found the youth hostel which was better than the Yugoslav and Romanian barracks. Since it was my birthday I splurged at a German chain Wienerwald with a quarter chicken, fries, salad and a litre of very good Austrian beer and some waffle cookies at $4.20. Expensive! A glorious hot shower and off to bed after talking with two Canadians in my room. No chocolate cake, birthday cards and I briefly thought how and where Randi was. Sigh! I suppose I can feel lonely for one day?

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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