Hedwig provided us with an excellent German breakfast - cheese, meat, bread and coffee - and then we went for a walk in the local park joining in a game of football. Our next student friend's home is south of Stuttgart and as she (Syvlia) will not finish at University for another day, we decide to head for Fruedenstadt - a town in the Black Forest. Hedwig gave us a nice packed lunch and kindly paid for a taxi to take us to a decent hitching point on the correct side of Rastatt. After 3 lifts to Gargennau, Forbach and then Fruedenstadt, I arrived in the town centre and only five minutes after Michael and Heather. This section of the journey was brilliant with beautiful scenery, winding roads high above the river, lots of picturesque villages and interesting papermills. After an hour looking around we decided to head for Stuttgart even though it was late afternoon. The first car to stop for me proved to be an excellent stroke of luck. The driver was heading to Tubingen (Sylvia's university town) and will give all three of us a lift. Tubingen is the second largest university town after Heidelberg (so we are told) with 15000 of the 80000 population being students ! We find Sylvia, leave our packs and head off to a student house for a term-end party. We have a few beers and socialise before heading to a student house, which had a spare floor to sleep on.
Travelled overland to Australia in 1972 taking 4 months and after 20 months in Australia travelled back through Indonesia taking 3 months. I have read and admired lots of blogs on this website and have decided to add my diary from my first travels. I will endeavour to update my pages in line with the 1972 dates. Unfortunately my films from London to Kabul were lost in the post and therefore I cannot add my own photographs until later in the journey! The first ten days were spent travelling through Germany and some days were staying with student friends hence they are less challenging (and mayb... full info