“Travels to a Different Time” : 7June1975; Olomouc, Czechoslovakia: Squealing Russian Car; A Friendly Czech Army Officer

I woke up early and it was so cold I just wanted to stay in a warm sleeping bag. I forced myself up, packed and dismantled my tent. I had some salami, chocolate cookies and mineral water for breakfast. I took the bus to Mikulas and wanted to get off at the highway but the conductor said no. Yes a big effort to let me off eh? I walked back to the highway in this crappy Czech weather. Cold, dark and windy. It was so cold that in addition to my jacket I had to drape a blanket over me. They are swimming in Greece and I am in the snow. I got a lift with a speed maniac in a Russian car that had tires that squealed loudly at every turn. These Russian cars ain’t so good! He took me out of his way to a good spot on the highway and I had two girls walk by me and they were too close to me when they put their hands out for a lift. They got the first lift and then I got a lift with an army officer, a captain. Thank goodness he was a Czech and not a Russian army officer. I don’t trust these Russians. They invaded Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968. He had a new Yugoslav car and the ride was smooth. Beautiful scenery up here in the Tatra Mountains. He had his young son sitting in the back. We stopped for a Pepsi. He drove me around to a few hotels and found a cheap one at $6.20. Cold water only but spotless and right near the city and the highway to my next destination Brno. It is simply too cold to camp. I had a good dinner and a flat beer for $1.75. I returned to my room and read for a bit and slept in a warm room. Tomorrow is Sunday and I am sure everything will be closed.

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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