“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” : 10August1974: Bled, Yugoslavia: Is Nixon Resigning? Playing Soccer

The Germans gave me a lift to the bus terminal so I could take a bus to Bled. Yes back to Bled again. Back to the youth hostel I stayed at on my last visit. I picked up my mail at the post office and there was a letter from Heidi’s mother saying that HeidiContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 10August1974: Bled, Yugoslavia: Is Nixon Resigning? Playing Soccer”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 13/14 August1973: Two More Days in Bled, Yugoslavia

13August1973: Firming up Return Date: Running into My Homies From Bulgaria: After breakfast went with Lynn to the post office to make a call to Overseas National Airways in Frankfurt to see what our return dates to North America would be. For me it looks like August 20th. I made some mushroom soup for lunchContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 13/14 August1973: Two More Days in Bled, Yugoslavia”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 12August1973: Bled, Yugoslavia:  Birthday Soccer Game and My Dirty Old Man Cough: The Dirty Looking German Girls

Woke up to my 18th birthday. Legal drinking age and more responsibility blah blah blah. I figured out that I have had only 4 birthdays in Canada. This is my third successive birthday in Europe. Will there be a marching band or my favourite meal with a birthday cake? Dream on intrepid traveler! Well aContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 12August1973: Bled, Yugoslavia:  Birthday Soccer Game and My Dirty Old Man Cough: The Dirty Looking German Girls”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 11August1973: Bled, Yugoslavia: Travelling on the Cheap; A Russian Sprat Man

Often I am asked how you can afford to stay in Europe for three months every year. The main reason may be that since my sister works for Overseas National Airways out of Kennedy Airport in New York I get to travel for free. Of course you never quite know where you may end upContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 11August1973: Bled, Yugoslavia: Travelling on the Cheap; A Russian Sprat Man”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 9/10 August1973: Ljubljana and Bled, Yugoslavia: My Crusty Left Eye and Big Feasts

9August1973: Up early at 7 am to a breakfast of stale rusks with Bulgarian jam, yesterday’s left-over pineapple juice and some grapes. After a glorious hot shower hit the main drag. This is a beautiful city. It is like a Nordic small-scale Venice with numerous canals. I ran into a wandering American with a backpackContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 9/10 August1973: Ljubljana and Bled, Yugoslavia: My Crusty Left Eye and Big Feasts”

“Travels to a Different Time” : August 3, 1971: Bled, Yugoslavia: Letter from Margaret Mary Stephen to Daughter Barbara and Son Andrew: Woman Obsessed with Upcoming Trip to Munich

Time is getting closer for our German trip. We go by train on August 9th and it is an 8-hour trip. We leave at 5:30 a.m. and I can’t imagine what shape we will be in when we arrive. Fritz has made reservations for us at a hotel in Munich. I guess I am nutsContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : August 3, 1971: Bled, Yugoslavia: Letter from Margaret Mary Stephen to Daughter Barbara and Son Andrew: Woman Obsessed with Upcoming Trip to Munich”

“Travels To A Different Time” : Letter From Margaret Mary Stephen to Her Mother on August 3, 1971, Bled, Yugoslavia

It is August 3rd and we are in Bled in the Julian Alps. We arrived yesterday. We will stay here until August 9th and then travel to Munich by train. We will meet our friend Fritz there and he has a car. We may stay in Munich for a week and take a cruise onContinue reading ““Travels To A Different Time” : Letter From Margaret Mary Stephen to Her Mother on August 3, 1971, Bled, Yugoslavia”

“Travels to a Different Time” :August 4, 1971; Bled, Yugoslavia: Greasy Eats and Food Flies in Anger!

Out for dinner of greasy stuffed green peppers. Mom lit up a cancer stick so I didn’t talk to her for awhile and she took a tantrum and said, “All right Robert if you continue to be such a child I will leave you the money and go home.” Who is the child here? ThenContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” :August 4, 1971; Bled, Yugoslavia: Greasy Eats and Food Flies in Anger!”

“Travels to a Different Time” : August 2, 1971: Krk, Bled Yugoslavia: What a Long Day: A Never-Ending Journey

Up and at em on Mom’s birthday. Up at 4:15 a.m. to catch a 5 a.m. bus to Rijeka. On our bus and groggy! Half an hour later we all heard a big CRACK. Bus breakdown. So we headed back on the bus on the other side of the road back to Krk. Again overcrowdingContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : August 2, 1971: Krk, Bled Yugoslavia: What a Long Day: A Never-Ending Journey”