“Travels to a Different Time”: 11July1978: Lagos and Faro, Portugal: Off in a Cloud of Peanut Shells

Planned departure on the bus from Lagos to Faro was 16:55. Left bags with landlady and did a bit of shopping. I bought a sweater at a shop and kept the clerks past lunchtime closing and they retaliated with dirty stares. Walked to the beach for the last look and for once the waves hadContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time”: 11July1978: Lagos and Faro, Portugal: Off in a Cloud of Peanut Shells”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 10July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Vicious Dog Fight: Grilled Dog a Bit Tough

Off to the bank to change some money. Breakfast was hardboiled eggs, honey, bread, wafer cookies and pineapple Sumol. A one hour wait at the post office to buy a few stamps for some postcards. Huge lineups and only two wickets were open. Memories of Eastern Europe! Went to tourist office to find out whenContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 10July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Vicious Dog Fight: Grilled Dog a Bit Tough”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 8July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Japanese Aliens on the Beach Draws a Crowd of Gawkers

Up and on the street at 07:30 in search of breakfast grub. The streets were quiet and I bought some bread, cheese and ham for breakfast. The market was a hub of activity with peasants and merchants lining the main street with stalls selling clothes, shoes, rabbits, chickens, vegetables and fruits. After breakfasting off toContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 8July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Japanese Aliens on the Beach Draws a Crowd of Gawkers”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 7July1978: Lisbon and Lagos, Portugal: Smash up Dinner but Caterpillar in Salad

Woken up at 06:00 by call from front desk so sprung into action to board 07:00 bus to Lagos in front of Hotel Rex. It was an hour late or perhaps we were given the wrong time. Not the type of bus I was expecting as we had headphones and they served us coffee. ItContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 7July1978: Lisbon and Lagos, Portugal: Smash up Dinner but Caterpillar in Salad”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 6July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: Dog Peeing and the Stoners

A rough night for sleeping. Probably too many naps and jet lag. The first few days are rough and at times surreal. Went downstairs for breakfast and my friendly waiter engaged in more political discourse. Had a long walk along the grand Avenida de Liberdade. Booked a bus to Lagos on the Algarve. Lunch wasContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 6July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: Dog Peeing and the Stoners”

“Travels to a Different Time” :4July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: The Overwhelming Decadence of Lisbon

The flight from Montreal to Lisbon on TAP was uneventful. We stopped in the Azores for cleaning and refuelling. Fresh local pineapple was delicious. Arrived in Lisbon around 10:00. First impressions that Lisbon was once a grand city as after all Portugal was a colonial power at one point. But it seems falling apart inContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” :4July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: The Overwhelming Decadence of Lisbon”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 16August1975: Good-Bye 1975 Europe!

So exhausted. Four months of being a vagabond. Too many cold showers, continental breakfasts, crappy beer and food but so many fascinating sights that many will never see as they will not be able to go back into 1975 ever. Well on the plane to a super nice crew who were freaking out with theContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 16August1975: Good-Bye 1975 Europe!”

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

“Travels to a Different Time” : 13August1975: Lahr, Germany: Meeting up with Fritz

Up for a continental breakfast. Not sure how many more of those I can take. Off to the autobahn via a tram and stupid me forgot to buy a ticket. I thought the conductor would come and take payment. Well “control” came and bawled me out in a nasty voice and threatened to confiscate myContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 13August1975: Lahr, Germany: Meeting up with Fritz”

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