Cold War, Warm Hearts – Hitchhiking behind the 1960s Iron Curtain


In 1966 most of Bridget’s friends, in their early twenties, were settling down with jobs and/or husbands…

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She, on the other hand, set off alone to travel across Poland relying on the kindness of strangers.  Fascinated by what she experienced she continued to wander the highways and byways of, Hungary Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia for the next couple of years seeking out remote rural communities almost untouched by the passage of time…

Bridget travelled with virtually no money, however, this was not a problem but an opportunity: it enabled a rare and deep insight into the lives and experiences of ‘ordinary’ people in these Warsaw Pact countries.

We hear how she stumbles across remote German minorities, gets arrested by border guards and finds love in a youth hostel in Munich. Bridget has written a book, Cold War, Warm Hearts published by the Book Guild and details further of her adventures in the Eastern Bloc.


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