Here I am, Tom Weaver, the tall bearded tourist with a Tower of London Guard with the tall hat and a Beef eater as well. Pesky obnoxious American tourist!
At the end of the UK Portion of the trip, which was about 10 days, all the trippers went their own way. Keith and Kevin picked up the VW Camper in Germany while I visited the Olssons in Sweden .
Here, at the end of the summer we visited with Rod and Maggie Tearle.
The Olsson Family on Lungo Island on the Baltic. Mr O, daughter, Mrs O, Ole, Malin and Lars.
Ole with a kazoo I gifted as a world trade item.
Malin, Lars (with the Faribault High School Jacket - Green and White) with Ole..Lungo Island
Somewhere along the way, I picked up a Shell map. I worked at a Shell Station in Faribault MN and have always loved maps and was somehow loyal then to the Yellow and Red colors of the brand. A real cartophile, lover of maps. Here is the cover of the well used map where I filled in the lines where I traveled on my first five trips to Europe 1971, 1972, 1977,1980 and 1983. The first two are with the Anglo-American Society and the last three with Sue Weaver, in 1983 with our 2 year old first son, Nathan.
On A Soviet Union Built, Bulgarian Airways plane into East Berlin.
I met Keith and Kevin Kubasch from Winsted who had picked up a new VW Van Camper with pop top sleep in Wolfsburg Germany.
My photo of Check Point Charlie in June 1971
We arranged to meet up at Check Point Charlie, then a landmark between the two Berlins.
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Here is the bridge over the Oder River, at Frankfurt am Oder with Poland on the other side.
Not for into Poland we was a steam engine pulling a train. No longer common in America and exciting to see in Eastern Europe on the other side of the cold war "Iron Curtain".
We were invited an apartment of a U professor we had met in Poznan. She was a tour guide and stayed at the same cheaper housing we found. We had to have an Orbis travel agent as I recall the equal of Intourist in the Soviet Union. We have the tour guide a ride to Warsaw and then during our 3 day stay there we had mushrooms fresh picked as part of our meal.
I more friendly reminder was the Winnie the Pooh with Piglet sign, here I took with Keith and Kevin Kubasch, my traveling companions into the Soviet Union.
Keith Kubasch, a fellow U of MN medical student, from Winsted rural Minnesota modeling the VW pop up camper at a site in Belorus.
Kremlin Wall Moscow with line for Lenin's Tomb.
Red square in central Moscow with St Basils Cathedral, the one with the onion like towers.
St Basils, Red Square summer 1971.
Kiev in the Ukraine with light rail mass transit.
Kiev mass transit in 1971.
Gate to our camping place in Kharkov . We were given a travel plan by the state travel agency Intourist and had to carry papers from the Soviet Government who checked up at various points along the way.
Turn around spot near Kharkov when the Kubasch brothers decided they did not want to drive all the way to Tbilisi on the Black Sea, and we made our way to Moldova and Romania.
The blue line goes west from Romania through Budapest Hungary to Vienna where we had the van repaired. We then took a rented VW Bug down into the provences of Jugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, and while Keith, Kevin, Tony and Zachary stayed on the coast, I drove up by Mostar, Sarajevo, up to Sombor (see the little loop) on the map
Downtown Bacau Romania, scene of the crash, where the truck drove into the side of our VW Camper Van -----as the door was not functional for our planned trip to Istanbul, Turkey, we decided to head to Wien, Vienna Austria, where there was a VW Repair shop, so Keith Kubasch the owner could keep it on warranty back in the US - Detour West through Transylvania and Hungary
On the main highway in Jugoslavia, ran out of gas. Zachary Williams, Kevin Kubasch, Keith Kubasch and Tony Hellenberg pushing the VW Bug into a petrol station.
Visiting some of Father Tony and Zachary's priest friends in Oberems Switzerland, we toast everyones health. Tony Hellenberg, Kevin Kubasch, Zachary Williams, Tom Weaver, Keith M Kubasch.
The van being washed and ready to ship to America at the West home in, UK outside of London. Uncle John Peel, Corrected by Margaret West Tearle now Cameron in Aug 2013 , Tom Weaver, Tony Hellenberg, Rod Tearle, Mrs West, Zachary Williams, Maggie West Tearle, Keith and Kevin Kubasch. Grateful for the reconnection with Margaret (Maggie) who could update me on specifics of this photo.. Like the recent little thing I got in an Asian restaurant ("fortune cookie" ) "You will reconnect with old friends", when I went to Pittsburgh this past week. Thanks Margaret!!