“Travels to a Different Time” : 20June1975: Gdansk, Poland: The Washing Machine that Blushed

Had a good sleep and up at 08:30 and went out in search of some goodies for breakfast. Bread and cheese are hardly goodies. I tanked up on mineral water at several places getting hydrated for my slog hitchhiking. They don’t seem to do a very good job of washing dishes and glasses in Poland. In fact throughout Eastern Europe but at least no bubonic plague yet. I returned to the youth hostel. A series of grueling walks and short lifts. There are lots of girls and boys hitching but they are Polish and I can’t recall seeing any Westerners. I arrived in Gdansk as the sun was setting and was directed by a cop to the youth hostel which was not open until July 1 but I looked so beat and forlorn they let me in! I ended up in a room with a student, his wife and child. I am thinking that many of the youth hostels I stayed at before tourist season were actually student residences that convert to youth hostels when the semester is ended. I actually found a washing machine so no hand washing. The rinse water was so filthy if the washing machine was human it would be blushing. What a treat! Supper of goulash over noodles with a Brazilian student whose parents were Polish so he spoke Polish.

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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