Two earlier school holidays also came to mind. Even fewer bullet points.
1971: Trip to Leningrad and Moscow in Russia.
*Leningrad Hermitage. The outside looked stunning beyond compare.
*Our Russian teacher Pete Walkley grilled our tour guide about a Christian church.
*Looking out of the train to Moscow, seeing peasants in the fields.
*An older lad called Will Deboux became hugely drunk, and insulted the teachers.
*Seeing the Kremlin/Red Square/Lenin’s mausoleum.
*Leaving the Bolshoi Ballet during the intermission, bored.
*Talking with a drunken homeless man on a bridge over the River Moskva. A free, cynical man.
*Walking through the Gum department store in Moscow. One of us dropped litter, and a soldier trained his rifle upon us.
1973: Cruise on Germany’s River Rhine.
*Rooming with Paul Seligson, of course.
*Beautiful views from the famous Lorelei rock.
*Exploring Hamburg’s Reeperbahn red light district, wide-eyed.
* Meeting a group of East London schoolgirls.
*Drinking a litre of lager in Cologne.
* Stealing a tape from a German shop: The Best of Cream.