“Travels to a Different Time” : 9June1975: Brno, Czechoslovakia: Propaganda Blaring from Loudspeakers in the Street: Where are the Brain Police?

Up at the usual time to the 22cnd cloudy day in a row. I seriously wonder if the weather is going to cause crop failure in Eastern Europe. I packed up and bought a full breakfast at a supermarket and ate in my room and headed out on the road. Gruelling after gruelling walk. Fortunately, as a belting rainstorm moved in I just got a lift in a truck all the way to Brno where I checked out for rooms but just my luck there was a welding convention in town! I went to a CEDOOK tourist office and they really dug in and found me a room in a B class hotel for a staggering sum of $8.50 including breakfast. As I walked to the hotel loudspeakers on the street were hammering away with propaganda. This is heavy stuff with propaganda posters, patriotic music and propaganda read out praising CSSR/USSR “friendship”. Where are the brain police? The room was nice but small. I walked all over Brno eating as I walked about. Chicken rice, beer, dates, ice cream and pastries etc. Then I sat down at a café for a beer before I headed home. I could hardly walk I was so stiff. I had my first hot shower in 10 days! Heaven.

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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