“Travels to a Different Time” : 15June1975: Wroclaw, Poland:  On the Move with a Political Prisoner

I had trouble sleeping because all these teeny boppers on a school trip were making a racket all night and into the morning. Aren’t they under any supervision? At 04:00 I just gave up and packed. The washrooms were packed and as it is a Sunday I guess people are heading back home. I was on the road at 05:00 and took the tram to the end of the line. There was a guy on the tram from “Kontrol” who gave me shit for not punching in my ticket before entering the tram. I miscalculated my stop and paid the price by having to walk a bonus 2 kms to the highway. It took me an hour to snag a lift from an ex-lawyer who was working at a hotel reception desk after criticizing the regime and spending 10 years in prison. It did not help that he tried to escape the country. 3 hours wait for the next lift to the next town down the road where I spent my last Czech money on a big meal and 1.5 litres of lemonade. At least my last meal in the CSSR was good. I received many stares from the locals as I trudged through their town. I was now getting sunburnt…yes finally some hot sun. I managed to get through the Polish border quickly and the border officials were friendly. After a two hour wait a lift from a married couple to Wroclaw who insisted I have dinner with them. We had a nerve-wracking drive through a pounding thunderstorm. Dinner was some sausage and fried eggs after which this nice couple drove me to the youth hostel.

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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