“Travels to A Different Time” : 27August1971: Good-Bye Deutschland Und Fritz

We were up at 8 rather groggy and feeling greasy and disgusting in our revolting middle of the morning Frankfurt hotel room. We are feeling filthy and just want to get out of here. We phoned Overseas National Airways in Frankfurt and snagged a flight to Bangor, Maine. A refuelling stop for a flight thatContinue reading ““Travels to A Different Time” : 27August1971: Good-Bye Deutschland Und Fritz”

“Travels to a Different Time” : August 26, 1971: Frankfurt: Put on the Wrong Plane! Just Get Me Home!

When you have your mind set on coming home you are like a bird dog on a scent. After showing our tickets for our trip to Oakland we were directed to get on a bus on the tarmac to take us to the airplane at 1 a.m.  We see our Overseas National Airways airplane. ButContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : August 26, 1971: Frankfurt: Put on the Wrong Plane! Just Get Me Home!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 13 August1971: Margaret Mary Stephen Letter to Mother-in-Law Ida Francis Stephen: Thoughts on East Germany and Berlin: Freedom is the Most Precious Thing We Have

We travelled from Basel, Switzerland to West Berlin. Just before we entered East Germany soldiers came aboard to process visas. Then a few miles later another group of soldiers looked at our visas and passports. Clearly one group does not trust the other. I was asked to remove my glasses so they could get aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 13 August1971: Margaret Mary Stephen Letter to Mother-in-Law Ida Francis Stephen: Thoughts on East Germany and Berlin: Freedom is the Most Precious Thing We Have”

“Travels to a Different Time” :August 22, 1971: West Berlin: Breakfast Disaster and The Passport Goes For A Trip!

Up at 10 to make breakfast which was a disaster and even poor Heidi groaned. Michael came over at 1:30 and we were setting off to The British Officer’s Club for a swim. Mom said she couldn’t find her passport. Have you ever lost your passport in a foreign country? Mass panic. We turned ourContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” :August 22, 1971: West Berlin: Breakfast Disaster and The Passport Goes For A Trip!”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : August 16, 1971: West Berlin, East Berlin; East Berlin Glum and Drab

A late breakfast of hamburger and off to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie. We arrive at the checkpoint and yes Mom forgot the passport so back we went to pick them up. We had to register and check out with the staff at Checkpoint Charlie and then we walked into East Berlin and into aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : August 16, 1971: West Berlin, East Berlin; East Berlin Glum and Drab”

“Travels to a Different Time” : August 13, 1971: West Berlin: The Ravenous Hamburger Attack by a Starving Teenager

We woke up today for our first day in West Berlin very refreshed. We went for a short walk to explore the neighbourhood and went to a supermarket to buy some meat, pickles and milk. I had a feast of 6 hamburgers and a litre of milk. I find it taking some time to getContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : August 13, 1971: West Berlin: The Ravenous Hamburger Attack by a Starving Teenager”

“Travels to a Different Time” : August 12, 1971: My 15th Birthday in Three Countries and The Communists Throw My Passport In My Face: “Kennedy” is Not Appreciated in the DDR! A Birthday Present of Memories!

We woke up today in our hunting lodge in the Black Forest and Fritz was in bad shape with a runny ear and a bad headache. We have been disease free in Yugoslavia for two months and we come to Germany and Fritz and Mom are sick! Have we imported a Yugoslavian plague? We wentContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : August 12, 1971: My 15th Birthday in Three Countries and The Communists Throw My Passport In My Face: “Kennedy” is Not Appreciated in the DDR! A Birthday Present of Memories!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : June 20, 1971, Dubrovnik; Educational Instruction Regarding Prostitutes and My Pants Are on Fire!

Up at 7:30 on our Russian cruise ship and after breakfast hung around on the upper deck and relaxed until our lunch of Pepper Steak. My appetite has retuned as after that nasty sunstroke I am back to normal so I appreciated those extra two Pepper Steaks. We breezed through customs and grabbed a taxiContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : June 20, 1971, Dubrovnik; Educational Instruction Regarding Prostitutes and My Pants Are on Fire!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : June 19, 1971: So Much for Italian Spaghetti Sauce in Venice! Good-Bye Fritz!

Woken up at 5 in the morning with Russian radio over the speakers! We had breakfast chugging along a canal and at 9 a.m. we docked in Venice. We grabbed a water taxi on the shore to take us to a bank where Fritz could change some money. After that we took a number 1Continue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : June 19, 1971: So Much for Italian Spaghetti Sauce in Venice! Good-Bye Fritz!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : Prelude to a 1971 Adventure: Midnight Express to New York

June 2, 1971: Today Mom was up at 4:30 in the morning too excited about our upcoming trip. I am studying and have no time to get excited. June 7, 1971: No idea where we are going. Sister Barb will not be in New York when we arrive. June 9, 1971:  Wrote my last dumbContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : Prelude to a 1971 Adventure: Midnight Express to New York”