“Travels to a Different Time” : 17August1974: Wuppertal, West Germany: Beer in the Morning?

Up at 08:00 for the usual breakfast of brot, schinken und kaise (bread, ham and cheese). I must have eaten an entire field of wheat on this trip! We took the Schwebebahn and then a bus out to countryside to a big pool. Beer started upon arrival. Little 4-ounce glasses of alt beer sort ofContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 17August1974: Wuppertal, West Germany: Beer in the Morning?”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 16August1974: Dusseldorf & Wuppertal, West Germany: Beer at the Englishman’s Pub in Germany? Running on Empty

A decent sleep but woke up feeling crappy. I packed up and split to the train station and took a train to Wuppertal which was a 30-minute trip. I tried to call Alex who I had met in Skopje and who had invited me to visit him in Wuppertal. No answer so I headed toContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 16August1974: Dusseldorf & Wuppertal, West Germany: Beer at the Englishman’s Pub in Germany? Running on Empty”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 15August1974: Dusseldorf, Germany: Misery at The Youth Hostel

I did not sleep that well due to creaky bed. Every time I tossed and turned there was a loud creak caused by the faulty bed. On top of that I was beginning to feel sick. The way I have been zipping around perhaps it is exhaustion setting in. Breakfast was included with the roomContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 15August1974: Dusseldorf, Germany: Misery at The Youth Hostel”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 14August1974: Dusseldorf West Germany: All the Way to Dusseldorf with a Sore Ass: A Ride with the Most Beautiful Woman in Europe: Who are the Most Beautiful Women in Europe?

Up at 08:00 to complete the morning ablutions. Paid my 32 schillings ($2.10) for the night. I headed out to a grocery store and bought my breakfast including a litre of milk. My first good milk in two months! I had my breakfast sitting on a park bench. The autobahn was about a kilometre walkContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 14August1974: Dusseldorf West Germany: All the Way to Dusseldorf with a Sore Ass: A Ride with the Most Beautiful Woman in Europe: Who are the Most Beautiful Women in Europe?”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 12August1974: Bled, Northern Italy and up to Kufstein Austria

Happy 19th birthday! Last year of being a teenager. I packed up which I find a bit of a pain as just when I think I am done I see something I have forgotten to pack. And since my Munich bag broke I really have to cram my possessions, as meagre as they may beContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 12August1974: Bled, Northern Italy and up to Kufstein Austria”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 9August1974: Bohinj, Yugoslavia: Falling Apart, Getting Numb and on Stage Playing with the Band

Up at 8 and headed into town to buy some supplies for breakfast. Hitched and got a ride with some Germans but as I got into their car my leather money pouch snapped. I was told by tourist information where I could get the pouch sewn up. Smashed glasses, ripped Munich bag, lost watch andContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 9August1974: Bohinj, Yugoslavia: Falling Apart, Getting Numb and on Stage Playing with the Band”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 8August1974: Ljubljana and Bohinj, Yugoslavia: Clean Buses and a Dip in the Lake Surrounded by the Julian Alps

After a late night woke up at 13:00! I made a massive farewell meal of 6 eggs, bread, cheese, cherry juice and an apple. Paid my bill and off on the bus to the bus terminal. Twenty minutes later on the bus to Bohinj. The buses in Slovenia are modern and they don’t stink likeContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 8August1974: Ljubljana and Bohinj, Yugoslavia: Clean Buses and a Dip in the Lake Surrounded by the Julian Alps”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 6August1974: Ljubljana, Yugoslavia: So Different Slovenia!

Slovenia is a part of Yugoslavia and it so different from the other republics. It has more in common culturally with its neighbour to the North Austria than for example it has with Serbia or Croatia. The attitudes are more progressive. The political climate seems less repressive. The food is good. The architecture is daring.Continue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 6August1974: Ljubljana, Yugoslavia: So Different Slovenia!”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 4August1974: Plitvice, Yugoslavia: Spectacular National Park

Up at 8 for an edible breakfast. I headed off to Plitvice National Park across the road. A pair of hitchhikers had given me their entrance ticket yesterday so I entered for free. The park was spectacular full of waterfalls of all sizes and beautiful turquoise pools. I walked around the paths for 4 hoursContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 4August1974: Plitvice, Yugoslavia: Spectacular National Park”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 3August1974: Parts Unknown Yugoslavia: Downcast and Sitting by a Pile of Stale Bread Crusts

My mind being occupied by thoughts of you know who I woke up on a beach with André and Jean. We walked to a nearby store for some food for breakfast. After a quick breakfast on the bike up to Karlovac where I said good-bye to André and Jean. I walked to a tourist officeContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 3August1974: Parts Unknown Yugoslavia: Downcast and Sitting by a Pile of Stale Bread Crusts”