Wild twenties

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Hawaiian moon.

In one of those travel surveys, Maui was recently voted the best island in the world to visit.  David and I have been to all of the Hawaiian islands except for privately owned Niihau and uninhabitable Kahoolawe.  Well, we question the top ranking for Maui, as we prefer Oahu, where we reside.  The two main reasons for this preference are: (1) there are more things to see and do here on Oahu, and (2) our relatives live here.  Two excellent reasons for preferring Oahu.

On another note, I was comparing my young life with my husband’s.  David has really led a sheltered life and never really ventured away from his parents’ home to attend school, travel, or work.  I, on the other hand, led a WILD life during my twenties.  Too wild, perhaps, as well as dangerous.

I shudder at the risks I took while traveling around the world alone between 1968 and 1975.

For example, in order to save money and not pay for a hotel room, I rode the train at night.  On a night train from Switzerland to Italy, I shared a compartment with an Italian migrant worker, who reeked of cheap wine.  He kept sliding towards me on the bench-bed we shared.  Finally, I got up and stood outside in the narrow passageway.  An Italian air force captain wandered over and asked me why I was not in my compartment.  When I explained, he offered me a seat in his compartment.  I thanked him for his generosity.

However, no sooner had I dozed off, then he was on top of me.

“Bella bambina, bella bambina,” he murmured.

I pushed him off.  Just then, the train stopped in Bologne.  He begged me to visit his hometown.  “Please come with me,” he said, “I will show you Bologne and then I will put you on the next train to Rome.”

Baloney, I thought.  Besides, he was wearing a wedding ring.

I steadfastly declined, and finally, just as the train was leaving the station, he jumped off.

Some other air force captain might not have been so “cordial.”

19 Responses to “Wild twenties”

  1. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Well sister, we are survivors, mostly of the unwanted advances of members of the opposite sex. However, girls need to get out in the world too and learn how to live among others. You had wonderful adventures too, and my daughter has been reading your bio with great interest. Dianne

  2. Christine Says:

    They do warn about those Italian men Gigi! You did have some wild times!

  3. DJan Says:

    You were better off with the drunk. He probably was incapable of doing anything anyway. What a story! 🙂

  4. Olga Says:

    I would love to hear about more of your adventures.

  5. Jeanie Says:

    You must have been pretty smart to have the adventures you did and still stay safe. I think we can all look back at some of the things we did when we were younger and be amazed that we survived.

  6. Joanne Says:

    We were young and foolish. May all young people be able to think through and luck through their foolishness, as you (and I) did.

  7. Denise Says:

    I lived a pretty sheltered life too, still living at home when I met Gregg so from my parents home to ours after marriage. I did have a few overseas holidays but always with a large group of friends. I think living life and looking back, all our experiences we learn from them. I’m happy you are here to tell such interesting stories of your life.

    I am back home and feel absolutely shattered, but I hope to be posting about our trip to Germany in a day or so.

  8. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    Ha, that’s a good one: Bologna equals baloney. No matter how thin you slice it, it’s still baloney.

  9. Kay G. Says:

    Oh boy, it scares me to think how trusting I was in my twenties…
    I remember that the tourists that I sent to Hawaii would be most exicted to see Maui after they had visited Honolulu. I think I would enjoy both islands. Not that I have ever been to either, mind you!
    One day…

  10. Linda Reeder Says:

    Can you imagine how you would feel if your daughters took similar risks. But what stories you must have!

  11. granny annie Says:

    You certainly did not have a mild mannered existence.

  12. The Laughing Housewife Says:

    You were very lucky!

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