The Bus Trip: Igor’s Bar, Grill and Laundromat



At 3 AM, we had breakfast at Igor’s Bar, Grill and Laundromat.

We were tired but awake.

Lar’s curly blond hair was in gorgeous disarray; he looked like a sullen angel.

He got up to throw coins into the jukebox.

“Fixing a Hole” by the Beatles played.

Lar returned to the table and closed his eyes.

“Who is this?” asked Rob.

“Four clowns from Liverpool.” Lar replied.

Rob laughed, “I recognize the accent.”

A pitcher of beer arrived.

Peter poured and proposed a toast,”To travel and to making friends all over the World!”

“Cheers!” said Rob. I smiled and raised my glass.

Lar looked at Peter with amusement and said, “And I offer another toast! To a strong and victorious Germany!”

Rob raised his glass: “We could use another war.”

Peter lowered his: “I do not toast such things.”

Lar glanced quickly at me; mischief played in his eyes.

Again, he raised his glass:

“What we did not do militarily we will do economically.”

Peter was horrified. ” Du benimmst dich wie ein dummer esel!” (You are acting like a dumb ass.)

Lar smiled: “My friend does not like to hear such things.”

“It is a bit of a drag, my friend.” Rob said to Lar. Then he turned to me: “Is it time to exhume Churchill? He might get confused and bomb Bush.”

“That’s true, “I said, trying to lighten the tone, “Lar, if you want a fascist Government, move to the United States. Our Nazis are just as vicious and even more stupid.”

Everyone but Peter laughed. He glared at Lar. “I had hoped that such things would never again be said by a German!”

This time Lar spoke in German.

“Es ist keine schande zu gewinnen.” (There is no shame in winning.)

Rob replied, “Actually there is, but let’s drop it.”

We returned to the hostel in silence.

A fifth bunk was in our dorm, occupied by an Australian named Carl.

RG 2015-2016



13 thoughts on “The Bus Trip: Igor’s Bar, Grill and Laundromat

  1. I’m still loving this series, Rob! A Bar, Grill and Laundromat — I’d like to see more of these practical establishments! “A sullen angel” is a perfect description. Thank you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks. We have a couple of laundromats like this in San Francisco. The next section is the close of this trip but now I’m inspired to focus on the second bus trip which was also written for Frontier’s Magazine. I’ve published snippets of it on Art by Rob Goldstein.

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      1. I’m glad you’re inspired to continue with the second bus trip. I remember similar stories from a while ago and I’m delighted to see them again — and with new edits.

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      2. What’s happening is that I feel more confident in my work because I’m more able to think in terms of ‘I’.

        As ‘I’ begin to integrate I have more access to information which gives me a deeper understanding of the work.

        I don’t think I’ve blogged about this yet; the fact that I think I’m starting to integrate.

        This is the first time I’ve seen a connection between integrating and feeling more confident of my work.

        As my grandmother said: There’s a reason God made more than one person. Without other people we don’t grow. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

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      3. What an incredible time of discovery and growth! I’m very happy to know that you’re starting to integrate — it must be a culmination of a lot of effort and commitment. Congratulations 🙂 BTW – your grandmother was very wise indeed!

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    1. Hi Erika. I’ve never known if I got the German in this piece right. I wrote that conversation down the next morning with words that were approximate. When it was published in Frontiers the editor corrected the German but I lost those corrections over the years.

      I know what they said to each other because they translated the comments into English for me the next day.

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      1. Wow, that is an amazing information. There is only one word that needs to be spelled differently (Schande). But everything else was stunning perfect. And now knowing how that came together is really cool!

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