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1974, a year on the road

It's a labour of love to scan and retouch those old Kodachromes... and even more so, to collate and caption them, or to incorporate them within a D.I.Y. self-published memoir. The 'hero' pic here is the cover of that rather slim volume.

Some time during my second year at university a chance conversation over the family dinner table inspired the idea of what we now know as a gap year. Back then a journey from Australia to Europe was seen as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a rite of passage often made possible by finding work in London. Those who went before me had usually travelled by ship, passing through the Suez or the Panama Canals, and stayed away for six or twelve months. There was no email, no mobile phones, no credit cards and, above all, no internet.

In February 1974, just after my 21st birthday, I flew to Rome and set out hitch-hiking across Europe. European motorists proved equally hospitable to a young long-haired Australian, once I had learnt how to negotiate the expressway networks. Hostels were the lodging of choice, not only for the cost but for the companionship they offered.

By early September I began to head eastwards by bus and by train, overland across Asia on the so-called Hippy Trail to Kathmandu, then as far as Bangkok - most of my transparencies made it home before I did, in December, although there were casualties.






The hostelling card issued to me at age 16
The hostelling card issued to me at age 16
First days in Rome with fellow hostellers
First days in Rome with fellow hostellers
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily
Mt Etna beyond the Roman ruins at Taormina, Sicity
Mt Etna beyond the Roman ruins at Taormina, Sicity
Venice in 1974
Venice in 1974
Excursion to historic Kyburg with Elisabeth & Victor, my hosts in Zurich
Excursion to historic Kyburg with Elisabeth & Victor, my hosts in Zurich
The Jungfrau, Switzerland
The Jungfrau, Switzerland
Welcome to Liechtenstein
Welcome to Liechtenstein
Djemaa El Fna by night, Marrakech
Djemaa El Fna by night, Marrakech
Food stall at night, Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech
Food stall at night, Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech
Cattle market in Tinehir, southern Morocco
Cattle market in Tinehir, southern Morocco
Hospitable French students lunching at their rented farmhouse in Brittany
Hospitable French students lunching at their rented farmhouse in Brittany
Euphoria followed the March '74 Velvet Revolution in Portugal (note the flower in the gun)
Euphoria followed the March '74 Velvet Revolution in Portugal (note the flower in the gun)
Motoring around Ireland's Dingle Peninsula with two Americans
Motoring around Ireland's Dingle Peninsula with two Americans
Cottages near Killary Harbour, Connemara, Ireland
Cottages near Killary Harbour, Connemara, Ireland
Pictish broch or fortified tower, northern Scotland
Pictish broch or fortified tower, northern Scotland
Standing stones, Orkney, Scotland
Standing stones, Orkney, Scotland
Looking down from the Belfort, Bruges, during my 1974 visit
Looking down from the Belfort, Bruges, during my 1974 visit
'Sleep In' hostel accommodation in Amsterdam
'Sleep In' hostel accommodation in Amsterdam
Achtung! Berlin, 1974
Achtung! Berlin, 1974
Along the Berlin Wall
Along the Berlin Wall
Hostellers on the city walls of Rothenburg ob Tauber, Germany
Hostellers on the city walls of Rothenburg ob Tauber, Germany
Visiting Czech penfriend Blanka and family, outside Plzen (Pilsen)
Visiting Czech penfriend Blanka and family, outside Plzen (Pilsen)
The Tyn Church in Prague
The Tyn Church in Prague
Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast, before the destruction
Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast, before the destruction
A mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia
A mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Sarajevo before the Balkans conflict
Sarajevo before the Balkans conflict
Courtyard of a Sarajevo Mosque
Courtyard of a Sarajevo Mosque
Setting out on the Samaria Gorge hike in Crete
Setting out on the Samaria Gorge hike in Crete
Aghia Roumeli, a hamlet in the Samaria Gorge, Crete
Aghia Roumeli, a hamlet in the Samaria Gorge, Crete
Cretan mountains
Cretan mountains
Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greece
Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greece
The Blue Mosque at Istanbul, 1974
The Blue Mosque at Istanbul, 1974
Street market in Beyazit, Istanbul
Street market in Beyazit, Istanbul
Ancient city of Ephesus on the Aegean coast of Turkey
Ancient city of Ephesus on the Aegean coast of Turkey
Seljuk citadel at Alanya on the southern coast of Turkey
Seljuk citadel at Alanya on the southern coast of Turkey
Early Christian frescoes in a cave church, Cappadocia
Early Christian frescoes in a cave church, Cappadocia
On the road through eastern Turkey, bound for Iran
On the road through eastern Turkey, bound for Iran
Bas-reliefs at Persepolis, Iran
Bas-reliefs at Persepolis, Iran
Back lanes of Isfahan, Iran
Back lanes of Isfahan, Iran
Streets of Herat, Afghanistan
Streets of Herat, Afghanistan
Bakery in Herat, Afghanistan: how much has survived?
Bakery in Herat, Afghanistan: how much has survived?
The Citadel, Herat, Afghanistan
The Citadel, Herat, Afghanistan
The Great Mosque, Herat, Afghanistan
The Great Mosque, Herat, Afghanistan
Chaikana or tea shop, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Chaikana or tea shop, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan, 1974
Bamiyan, Afghanistan, 1974
Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan
Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan
Band i Amir mineral lakes, Afghanistan
Band i Amir mineral lakes, Afghanistan
Band i Amir mineral lakes, Afghanistan
Band i Amir mineral lakes, Afghanistan
Kabul, the Afghan capital.  The two-storey 1920s mosque is still a landmark today.
Kabul, the Afghan capital. The two-storey 1920s mosque is still a landmark today.
Formidable dentist in Peshawar, Pakistan
Formidable dentist in Peshawar, Pakistan
Pomegranate juice vendor, Peshawar, Pakistan
Pomegranate juice vendor, Peshawar, Pakistan
Audience Hall, Lahore Fort, Pakistan
Audience Hall, Lahore Fort, Pakistan
Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
Golden Temple of the Sikhs, Amritsar, India
Golden Temple of the Sikhs, Amritsar, India
Bus station at Mandi, gateway to the Kulu Valley in northern India
Bus station at Mandi, gateway to the Kulu Valley in northern India
On the road: tea shop in the Vale of Kashmir
On the road: tea shop in the Vale of Kashmir
One landmark that remains the same... and equally stunning
One landmark that remains the same... and equally stunning
The Ghats on the Ganges, Varanasi, India
The Ghats on the Ganges, Varanasi, India
Hindu temple sculptures of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
Hindu temple sculptures of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
Swayambunath Stupa, Kathmandu
Swayambunath Stupa, Kathmandu
'Freak Street' Kathmandu as it is today
'Freak Street' Kathmandu as it is today
Women bathing at Pashpatinath, Kathmandu - 1974
Women bathing at Pashpatinath, Kathmandu - 1974
Peacock window, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley
Peacock window, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley
Machhapuchhre (Machapuchare or Fish Tail) from the Mardi Khola Valley, Nepal
Machhapuchhre (Machapuchare or Fish Tail) from the Mardi Khola Valley, Nepal
Gurung villlagers at Ghandruk on the Annapurna Trail, Nepal
Gurung villlagers at Ghandruk on the Annapurna Trail, Nepal
The bus from Pagan to Thazi, Burma - little has changed!
The bus from Pagan to Thazi, Burma - little has changed!
Local transport, Kyaukpadaung, central Burma
Local transport, Kyaukpadaung, central Burma
Buddhist monks at Lamphun, northern Thailand
Buddhist monks at Lamphun, northern Thailand
Village of the hilltribe Muser people, N. Thailand
Village of the hilltribe Muser people, N. Thailand
Akha tribal people in the hills north of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Akha tribal people in the hills north of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Akha tribal people in the hills north of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Akha tribal people in the hills north of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Akha tribal people, Thailand
Akha tribal people, Thailand
Royal Palace on the Mekong at Luang Prabang, Laos
Royal Palace on the Mekong at Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat May, Luang Prabang, Laos, with a Royalist soldier on guard
Wat May, Luang Prabang, Laos, with a Royalist soldier on guard
VIENTIANE Phra That Luang, the national shrine
VIENTIANE Phra That Luang, the national shrine