BRISTOL TO MOSCOW 1965

(6) BRISTOL to MOSCOW, 1965: a pastiche.
Some of teachers at Withywood Comprehensive School in Bristol, together with a couple from Totton Grammar School in Hampshire, bought an old bus and in August 1965 took a group of schoolchildren to the USSR. The events of that trip I shall recount elsewhere, with (??) some photographs. Here is an “other” version of the trip. The pictures are from the Всесоюзная художественная выставка [All-Union Art Exhibition], Moscow, 1961.

We expected dull,
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monotonous scenery,
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but found it fascinating
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and the towns – picturesque.
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The weather was relatively mild, for August.
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especially in built-up areas.
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We were once or twice held up,

 

and once were nearly lost.

 

The natives were friendly

 

and the campsites, good.

 

 

The police were often very helpful.

Shopping was a delight.

We took it in turns to make supper,

while the others waited expectantly.

 

When supper was over

we settled down with a long drink.

 

One of favourite campsites:

with excellent amenities.

 

 

We liked to sit around and

 

 

 

 

 

 

discuss the day’s events.

 

 

 

 

The girls would go off to the shops

 

and the lads guarded the camp

 

Early morning: washing

and loading the bus.

 

 

 

Then: a minor catastrophe! We broke down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried calling for help

 

We even changed one of the tyres, but no use.

                

Extensive repairs were necessary,

 

and we only just managed to scrape together enough money

 

 

to get home.

BRISTOL TO MOSCOW 1965