By Tom Thumb

Tom was once twenty years outdated, broke and desired to visit India. So he packed up his clarinet, toothbrush and drowsing bag and hitchhiked there without cash in any respect. Braving starvation, deserts, amoebas and rape makes an attempt through annoyed truck drivers, Tom within the footsteps of the orginal hippies and arrived in Goa with lower than a greenback to his identify. "I wager this man by no means labored an afternoon in his life." Howard Marks

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With a heart that weighed heavier than anything I might have been carrying, I almost wished that they would. I closed my eyes to the image of a grim and scarred face of a murderous bandit, which alternated with the pristine features of the girl I’ve never seen again. What is it that Kahil Gibran wrote? ’ If the Lebanese poet was still alive, I’d have been the first to buy him a cup of goat’s milk. In the morning, I resurrected my spirit and washed the tear stains from my face before walking down to the road and rejoining the trail that took me East, ever East, into the glowing red that coughed and spluttered its way into the sky with hung-over bloodshot eyes and pock-marked clouds—reality is a pretty subjective thing, no?

It’s a very cool and detached town, whose populace give new meaning to the word ‘bourgeois’. They drift through long, cold 16 Chapter 2 : Round the Bend to Vienna (Germany, Austria) winters and pleasant summers, posing and pouting but never really leaving second gear. The nature of the people finds it’s reflection in the Viennese architecture that draw huge amounts of tourism in the summers. Enormous cathedrals and stately buildings dominate the scene and the style is characterised by sharp, angular relief-work.

For the next hour I heard shouts and tears that would have served for an anti-alcohol advertisement, as the ‘demon of liquor’ spread its strife in age-old style. The next morning, whilst Bishek slept soundly, I attended a classical music concert with Zsoka. We were overwhelmed with the intricate beauty of the flute performances of two young girls. 32 Chapter 3 : Bound for Budapest (Hungary) The first was the less proficient and more nervous but somehow more charming for the anxious modesty with which she played.

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