RKS Film: “Tabija” (The White Fortress): Hoodlum Meets Girl from a “Good” Family

Faruk (Pavle Čemerkić) lives with his grandmother in one of those socialist tenements from the old Yugoslavian communist days in the infamous city of Sarajevo. He has a day job collecting scrap metal with his uncle. He also runs girls for the big boss Cedo who amongst his other businesses is a pimp. Faruk hasContinue reading “RKS Film: “Tabija” (The White Fortress): Hoodlum Meets Girl from a “Good” Family”

“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” : 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” ; 2August1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Do I Follow My Heart or Logic? A Melted Shoe and A Heart to Match

I have been in Drače for over a week. It has been a well-deserved break from the rigours of Romania. An idyllic and mostly undiscovered place where strangely many end up by accident or chance. Yugoslav Twilight Zone. I could have easily missed it had I been in another car. Why am I here? OneContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” ; 2August1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Do I Follow My Heart or Logic? A Melted Shoe and A Heart to Match”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 29July1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Movie Night in Drače: The Singing Czechs

Up at 09:30 and I went to Nino’s house to take advantage of the running water having a shave and brushing my teeth. We sat around and I met a Yugoslav girl called Daria but I call her Dacia which is a Romanian car made under license from Renault. Mirela joined us and Nino tookContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 29July1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Movie Night in Drače: The Singing Czechs”

“Travels to a Different Time: 28July1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Drače Dance Party: Fueling Gossip!  

Up early to hunt down food in Janina. Hot as blazes so early in the morning and a beautiful blue sky. I feel like I am drying out from my often-soggy Romanian trip. Chocolate wafer cookies and a rusk. It was simply too hot to have anything more complicated. I went to sit on theContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time: 28July1974: Drače, Yugoslavia: Drače Dance Party: Fueling Gossip!  “