“Travels to a Different Time ” : 12August1975: Zurich, Switzerland: Arrogant Not So Good-Looking French Girls

Birthday today as no longer a teenager. Was up in the farmhouse at 06:30 for fresh bread and homemade jam. My host gave me some Swiss coins. When the rain subsided off to the road and 4 lifts later in Zurich. Got a room near the train station for $8 but at least lots of hot water. After a hot shower into town for a big gut busting meal. The river running through Zurich is so clean. Found a disco and I met two French girls who were not so very good looking but so very arrogant. Good riddance snobs. Had a cold coke at the hotel bar and crashed to the pouring rain outside. I am feeling numbed out and exhausted. Four months of tramping around in less-than-ideal weather being bitten by swarms of bugs and a total lack of any meaningful female companionship. No I am not going to say I should have been in Greece or Yugoslavia as I had a mission to travel a less travelled road but there has been a price. This year it seems to be a fact-finding mission than a hedonistic blow out. Wine women and song abandoned to communist hardship and deprivation not to mention atrocious weather. I do not regret it. My fifth birthday in Europe!

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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