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The time: Oct. – Dec., 1968
The place: St. Gallen, Switzerland
We were living in Germany then. (More details HERE.) Mother decided my education was lacking (truthfully, we weren’t getting along at all), so, off I went to boarding school in Switzerland, thanks to the largesse of my grandparents. It was co-educational, but the girls and boys lived in separate houses. What a shock to find bars on the windows of the ground floor! One of the older students showed us an escape route – an empty room at the end of the hall. She easily picked the simple lock and pointed out the large window on the far side. No bars! For the rest of that semester, we enjoyed frequent instances of “Schwartzausgang” (going AWOL). My friend Penny had an older brother…
Excerpt from “Confessions of a Boarding School Inmate”:
[a memoir I started several years ago; currently in re-write limbo]
Nigel was tall and handsome, with the sexiest British accent! My heart did a little “flip flop” and, judging by his smile, so did his. We (including sister Penny and another boy) headed for our favourite restaurant and became better acquainted over a few beers. (For those not familiar, European laws in regards to alcohol are more lenient and we were all able to pass for 16, which was the legal age in Switzerland. Nobody asked for I.D. either.) Adriano Celentano’s “Azurro” was playing on the jukebox and these memories come to the fore, whenever I hear it again.
Later on, at the park, we “got to know each other” even better. Penny and her beau were similarly engaged. By the end of the evening, I was completely besotted with Nigel and vice versa (my perception). We went out regularly after that, but our relationship was never fully consummated. Youth and inexperience, plus lack of privacy all conspired against us. Then there was the time issue. We always returned for 11:00 pm bed check and never got caught.
Click HERE for English translation.
Alternate video HERE, if the first one doesn’t work.
More boarding school adventures on April 3rd, 10th, 19th, 24th and 27th
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Where were you in 1968?
Do you like Italian music?
Looking forward to your comments!
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