:Travels to a Different Time” : 11June1975: Brno, Czechoslovakia: Bartering a Cesar Chavez Farmworkers Button for 4 Beers

Woken up by the maid thinking I was leaving today. But that is not the case. At least clean sheets and towels out of the inconvenience. What a luxury but I am paying for it so enjoy. I walked around the factory district many of these factories are old and dingy looking. Czechoslovakia has always been an industrialized country. Capitalism or communism there will always be factories. Are the workers happier in a communist country? I walked into a tavern in the factory district full of workers after their shift. It was noisy and packed. As I sat down a Czech guy came and started talking to me but I simply couldn’t understand what he was saying. He wanted to give me 4 beers for my “Support the Farmworkers Button”. A good deal and the beer was exceptionally good. Rather bloated I walked into the train station to a buffet and had some goulash. Buffets are places where you eat standing up and are cheaper than cafeterias. The food in Czechoslovakia is better than in Romania and Bulgaria but there have been a few rough spots! The proles will be found in buffets. Back home at 8 am and listened to music for the bar below. Off to Prague tomorrow.

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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