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Here we go! 1972 I left Barcelona on the Ernesto Anastacia, small freighter, built (1955 sunk by rock of gibralter 24 Apr. 1984.) but takes about 26 passengers to Canary Islands. Cost was $26.00 Wood bunks with cotton curtain, thin mattress and all people in same room. Food good! Took 4-5 days, Stopped at Torredembarra to load, most of day there, went town for lunch. Then to Valencia, all day there loaded Val. oranges and?
Then to first Canary Is. La Palma. Bananas! see photo. The Islands as they get closer to Africa become more like Sahara Desert. Now too touristy, Germans, Eng. etc. Condos, I am happy I traveled when young! THE PHOTO OF VAGABOND JOHN WITH CANE WITH DOLLS HEAD ON TOP! He was a trip! He spoke like well educated English Gentleman or playwright actor type, maybe an author or maybe full of? He said he was in his 80's, (look at right arm! he is a tough old goat!) He said he just disappeared when he was a younger man, he said he was famous, been many places, people looked for him but gave up after few years! This is why I like to travel! He had some great stories! Maybe he will see this! haha he would only be 114+ maybe, but he is tough! thanks for looking! Don

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  1. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    One night on ship about 10 I cut a box open and took an orange, a Spanish crew yelled at me! "Give that to me!" so I did and he said "Now get one for yourself!" He spoke good English and we talked and ate about 1/2 box of oranges until maybe 2 in the morning!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    actually I'm 116 & doing well. Just married another 18 yr old. LOL
  3. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thanks V. J.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    You chose a cheap & unique way to travel, far more interesting than a charter!
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I do some traveling this way & it can be fun. I call it, "going thru life steerage class".
  6. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    What great experiences you have had my friend and interesting life , no sand ever gathered under your feet ; Love this
    Blunder you crack me up your only 119 come on I know it is older than that LOL
    And Bro (Walksoft)did you escape our family this way ?
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Mani don't you remember it was when the circus came to town & I left on the train, only to be thrown off when we reached Canada.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    WS Oh that is right and you never wrote home to let us know where you were ! :-)
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Oh Sis, I would have but I broke both arms when I was thrown off of the train & the amnesia thing...........whats your name again? :-))
  10. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    thanks to all of you! especially V. J.!
  11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Tora, looks like we have had some fun with your poste. Let's hear some more experiences.
  12. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thank you, I spent time going up and down Amazon River, maybe in future I will post that! thanks Don
  13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    lets hear it. Afraid most of my pics from the old days are lost. Pre digital time. Ever run into John Smith on his little 2? ft. sloop. He put out a few short books.
  14. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    very nice story ... I will be look for the next one ..blunder your older then dirt from what I hear...;-)
  15. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    should read ..looking for ...
  16. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
  17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy, I just feel that way some mornings.
  18. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    lol blunder ...have you recouped yet from company yet..back to sipping mint julips under a tree ...smiling
  19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy, I am giving it 2 wks to recover from Bob's visit (Bob are you listening?). Mon, me r'ass never drink no mint julip & no see one yet. Tak me pleasure wit Corona & se wher she tak me. Reminds me, time to go out & do a study of St. Maarten wild life after dark!
    Tora, ever spent any time in Central America. I've sailed up the Rio Dolce(now known as the Rio Douche because of me) but always wanted to go up the Amazon & Rio Negro. Is it really true that you can drink the water from the sea 100 km off the mouth of the Amazon?
  20. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Yes I entered Guatemala 2 times from Belize, "You better Belize it" Been Guat. 4 or five times as I was an overland traveler, also Honduras, and island of Utila, where they speak pirate English and bar was called Bucket of Blood! been Nicaragua and Costa Rica many times.
  21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Tora, covered most of those places! Flying into Guat. from Belize & only had an expired passport that had "CANCELLED" stamped on the 1st page. Acted like i couldn't understand Spanish until the immigration officer was getting upset. He kept pointing at the red stamped "CANCELLED" & I had a brain-storm. "Si, yo comprende. Consul, - U.S. Embassy". He then stamped my passport & I almost choked trying not to laugh as I walked out. That's just the tip of that story. That's back in 84 while coming from scenic Tagulcegapa, Honduras ( the tourist/mercenary mecca of Central America). & miles from the action. 3 way revolt when I reached Guat. where I didn't know which army held my neighbourhood each morning. I can just feel that you have "been there" to & like me, wouldn't trade it for anything. I feel a bond here. Nobody can ever understand us & I won't ask which side you were on & ask the same. Been crazy & great hasn't it? Think we have to talk on a side-band.
  22. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    All my trips were in the 80's. It was a great experience with excitement!
  23. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Toracat, mine started in 73 & still wondering why I'm still alive & only shot once. Don't go there, it hurts. Were you in Guat., Salvadore, Nic. & Honda in the mid 80's? We may have passed on a jungle trail. Don't ask which side I was on unless you tell me which side you preferred me to be on! Strange times. I will tell you now that I HATE MONKEYS! Those Howlers drove me crazy! When those bloody things howl all nite, no wonder the people go crazy there. Go side-band.

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