“Travels to a Different Time” : 22June1975: Gdansk, Poland: Train Troubles

Up at 10:00. Wrote a couple of letters and updated diary. My Polish gang and I went to the store and bought food for breakfast and lunch. I am pleasantly surprised by the smoked sprats I bought at 30 cents a kilo. We also bought a massive bunch of pastries. The Poles know their pastries for sure. After lunch a smoke with Dutch tobacco roll your own. They loved it. The cigarettes are awful here. They were as pleased as punch when I gave them a pouch of it. When I get to Sweden, I am told alcohol and tobacco is enormously expensive. We then went to play some Frisbee. The Polish guys are mostly spazes. The Frisbee ended up on a roof, in between a car fender and all places it shouldn’t be but it was not lost which is good as it has a lot of usage ahead of it. After a rest we headed into the old part of Gdansk and as tired as I was I am glad I saw it. It is unlike anything I have seen in Poland so far. One of the Polish students said Gdansk was not affected by the Italian Renaissance but rather by the Dutch. I can see that based on the pictures of Amsterdam I have seen this part of Gdansk looks like it.

We came home by train and I bought a ticket for my train trip to Szczecin which will be a 5-hour trip and with a student discount cost $2.50. My train left at 23:40. We had a farewell dinner of leftover sprats and some goulash over spaghetti which was a new way for these guys to have goulash! Not the tastiest meal but at least it was filling. We were at the local train station so I could take my train at the central station. But the train arrived late so I would have missed my train so we headed back knowing the train I was going to take from the central station would leave at 05:15 which meant I would have to wake up at 04:00. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a long day.

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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