Saturday, April 02, 2005

Motives and Illusions

There were six of us. Seven at one point. We’ll get to the introductions in a little while. First there’s the question of why six variously stoned and strapping English hippies should choose to spend the summer of 1974 travelling to Istanbul in an ex-military ambulance called Bertha.

Some possibilities:

- We’d all read Kerouac. And the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. If we couldn’t be on Kesey’s bus…

- We wanted to see the world. Well, doesn’t everybody?

- It seemed like a good idea at the time.

- Cheap transport. Pat was on board because he wanted a lift to Amsterdam. This really is beginning to sound like the 70s, isn’t it?

- We’d been working hard and needed a holiday. That was Stu’s story at least. I was a photography student. How hard is that?

- We were all seasoned travellers on the journey of life and the bus was just another illusion on the road to enlightenment.

All doubtless true, to some degree or another.

Me, I reckon we just wanted to get laid…

5 Comments:

Anonymous caroline said...

I need more. I have to know who was on the bus. What they were like. I'm needy like that.

11:20 am  
Blogger Mark Gamon said...

Patience, Caroline, and welcome. The bus will be loading shortly...

12:29 pm  
Blogger broomhilda said...

More, more, more...now, now, now...(thrusting bottom lip out in a pout). I'll wait if I must, but it will be difficult.

3:07 pm  
Anonymous caroline said...

Patience and Caroline are rarely seen together. *sigh*.

10:39 pm  
Blogger Omykiss said...

I was in Istanbul in 1975 .... overlanding from Birmingham to India. This is going to be interesting.

5:04 am  

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