“Travels to a Different Time” : 14August1975: Strasbourg, France: Swindler of Canadian Taxpayers

A great sleep then a hot shower. A most unpleasant “stinking hot” day. Got a lift from a Frenchman who was working as a bartender at the Canadian armed forces base in Lahr. We stopped at his flat in Strasbourg which was littered with “hot merchandise” stolen from the base. Booze, cigarettes (cartons of them) and assorted contraband. Poor Canadian taxpayers. He dropped me off at a reservoir just out of town and I joined the swimmers there. Super refreshing! Headed into the city and picked up by a Frenchman and his wife who invited me to a steak dinner. At 21:00 he drove me into the train station for a late train to Karlsruhe in Germany.

15August1975: Karlshrue Germany: Total Exhaustion!

Arrived at 3 a.m. in Karlsruhe and slept at the train station most uncomfortably. I walked to the highway and I was so tired I just wanted to lay down in a field and sleep. Got a lift from a truck driver to Frankfurt Airport. I checked with Overseas National Airways and there seemed space on a flight to Washington leaving the next day. I had a big lunch from food bought at the airport supermarket. I slept for an hour on the grass and was woken up by someone wanting a swig of my orange juice. I could have slugged him. Stumbled into the airport and paid $2 for a hot bath. I just about passed out but when they find my body it will be clean. Sleep was difficult being woken up the cleaners then the police.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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