Topic: Budget Bus August 1974
The photo shows the Budget Bus at Kavala campsite in August 1974. George the driver is in the doorway.
As an eighteen-year-old I bought a one-way ticket on the extended Budget Bus trip that took in Lebanon and Kashmir (though not Iraq as planned, we were refused visas) and which was supposed to terminate at Kathmandu.
George the driver had done London-Delhi before but everything off the direct route was new to him. He could be gruff at times but he had a tough job and I retain respect for him. He got us as far as Delhi, where a handful of the passengers (including me) were transferred to another bus for the final stage up to Nepal. I fondly recall the rooftop party in Agra where I said goodbye to George, Ram and the Budget Bus.
My full account is online: The Hippie Trail 1974
This photo shows the hanging sign outside Sigi's Hotel in Kabul, 1974.
Good food and rice pudding!