“Travels To a Different Time” : 5June1975: Podbanške, Czechoslovakia: Simmering Hatred for Mother Russia: It’s Snowing

As I head into the Tatra Mountains it is getting increasingly cold. Went to the train station and took a train heading up towards the Tatra Mountains. An incredibly beautiful ride and it was snowing when I reached my destination. Took a quick look at a couple of hotels but pricey at $8 so I hit the road and obtained a lift with a Czech couple. Their hatred for the Russians and their 1968 August invasion was unbridled. The Russian soldiers are still occupying the country. They dropped me off at a camping site. The poor bureaucrat was unsure how to treat a Westerner and he had mounds of paperwork to complete. I set up my tent and gathered some firewood for a small fire. The chill in the air is monstrous for June! Somewhat warm I crawled into my tent. Boy it was cold.

6June1975: Podbanške, Czechoslovakia: Loud Czech Teeny Boppers Had the usual wash and shave chattering in the frigid air. I walked into the village and bought some beer, cookies and fish. The bread would be ready in an hour so forget the bread. After this lunch a walk up the mountain slope which was both invigorating and scenic. Back at 5 to a crowd of Czech teeny boppers on a school trip. Gathered some firewood and a nondescript supper. I started a fire but the rain came and extinguished it by 9:30. By 10 drifted off to sleep with the noise of the excited teeny boppers

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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