“Travels to a Different Time” : 16June1975: Wroclaw, Poland: Pastry Rampage! The Hard Life of a Hitchhiker 

Woke up at 08:30 earlier than I would like after all that walking yesterday. The barbarity of youth hostels includes ejecting you onto the street so they can clean up. At least at this hostel I have my own room and at 50 cents a night not bad! There is hot water in the taps but no showers? Hitchhiking is the cheapest way to travel and you meet so many interesting people you are forced to converse with so you learn the national character and what problems they have in their society. You feel a sense of accomplishment from having reached your destination but there is so much walking to do often in less-than-ideal conditions. You can fry in the sun or shiver in the snow.

I took the tram into town and bought some milk, cheese, cookies and bread and ate my breakfast on a slab of cement across from the train station. The milk and the ice cream bar were not particularly good however the cheese was great and the bread fresh. All for 65 cents. Poland is cheap. My average cost per day is $7.50 on this trip. I walked around for a bit but was exhausted from yesterday so I felt like I was in a daze. My desire to lie down and sleep was shattered by a violent thunderstorm. Thank goodness it was brief. I bought half a kilo of strawberries and man they were the sweetest strawberries I have ever had. I returned home and ate the rest of the strawberries. It then started to rain again. I don’t think I have had a full sunny day in Europe this summer. In fact I had trouble sleeping due to the lightning claps and rain hitting the window. The trams are a penny for students here! I went to see a movie Joe the Kid with Clint Eastwood but the show was sold out. I had some weird combination of food for dinner consisting of fish, kidney beans, mashed potatoes, orange drink and two pastries. I went on a pastry rampage stopping 6 times to buy one as they are so cheap starting at 5 cents. I walked home in the light rain and had a vodka nightcap for 40 cents. The Poles really down a lot of vodka and there are drunken people all over at night. I returned home and played my harmonica out like a light at21:30

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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