Hostels – are the Kings and the Queens of cheap accommodation all around the world. Travelers with their free will are choosing to share a room with another 5, 7 or even 11 strangers from different corners of the planet. Of course, nobody speaks about privacy when such choice is made. You need to share a bathroom all together too, or even – share two bathrooms and showers with all other guests of the hostel. So, not a big comfort. But cheap price conquers all! And, usually this is the main reason why people are choosing hostels. But let’s not forget that there is a very good possibility to meet new people, socialize, find travel buddies from all over the world and – to have a closer look at different kind of travellers with their own habits, their mode of life too.
During my travels from time to time I am as well using hostels and almost all such experiences are having their own stories.
- Who says that waxing is a private thing? During one trip I was living in the same room with a young French couple. And it happened once, that I came back and found them both sitting half naked on the floor and doing their waxing procedures of different parts of the bodies. Epilator, cold wax and somewhere near them – a heap of used stripes. Serious! The last chord was when she came to him and with a cold wax stripe removed unnecessary hair from the middle of his eyebrows.
- Some hostels are offering rooms with beds and absolutely transparent shower cabins. Then, you have a choice: to have a public shower in the room, or to have it private in the normal bathroom. But once my temporary British roommate decided, that it is absolutely OK to get naked and jump into the transparent shower cabin right there in the room.
- To get drunk during travels, I should say, is a very normal thing. But it becomes really funny, when in the middle of the day you are coming back to your hostel for the things and meet everybody laughing there. And the reason – my temporary roommate, sleeping drunk on the upper floor of the bunk bed, with absolutely naked ass, facing us all. Everybody were trying to wake him up, ‘cause he was in late for his flight…
- During one travel for two nights I was sharing a room with around 40-50 years Asian woman. Every morning she was going to swim at the sea, covered with, literally, plastic shopping bags: one, as a wrap for the upper, and another – as a skirt for the lower part of the body. The special swimming outfit was one thing, but I really could not understand why the rotten banana, which I threw to the rubbish bin, she took out and put on the windowsill.
- Hostel is a perfect place to see, how people from different cultures are travelling. Once in Milano I was living with two Chinese guys, who were discovering a new country by… spending all the time in hostel and playing computer games.
- During my last travels I met dozens of young Americans, travelling the world. Once I was sharing a room with three of them. When you are always on the road, washing your clothes can be a big issue. So when you are finding a place where you finally can clean out all that dirt – you are immediately using this possibility. It’s more than understandable! So that time, girls were washing all their clothes and afterwards – hanging everywhere around in the room. All the beds, walls even windows were covered with their wet clothes. Funny, but it’s true – you are meeting not only new people, but their underwear too.
- Who are saying, that hostels are just for travellers on a budged, that means that they never travelled this way. It is absolutely not true. When I entered my hostel room in Amsterdam, a lovely view met my eyes: Macs, iPads and various other good electronics were left on each bed.
- Despite beautiful or funny stories, I am sure that strange hostels and strange people are existing everywhere. Once I faced with that too. When I was looking for permanent accommodation in Florence, for a few days I booked a bed in a dorm of one hostel. At the beginning I thought, “what a luck, I’ll be living alone!”, but unfortunately in the middle of the night an old woman, who seemed absolutely homeless, entered my room. And all her things were in a regular plastic shopping bag! View, hard to describe in words and must only be seen… I don’t know, maybe she was just an old Italian hippie, having her own philosophy against society and travelling with her own who-knows-what ideas. But for me all seemed that the hostel is participating in social governmental program and gives a shelter for the homeless. My imagination gone wild…
- In hostels you are meeting not only short time travellers, but as well those, who are staying there longer. Let’s say in Bucharest I met the world traveller from Australia, who was living in a hostel for three weeks or a month, just to get Visa for continuing her travelling to Russia.
- If you travel in a Low season – don’t be surprised that in hostel you will be sharing a room with people, permanently living there. “There are not enough of tourists travelling in this time of the year, so we are renting bends for students”, was saying an American man in his late 50’s, who was volunteering in one Romanian hostel as a receptionist.
- In Tallinn we spent a night in hostel, which owner was 19 years old girl, fully living there too. So, to share kitchen and bathroom with guests from all over the world was so natural for her. Even she never locked her own room’s door. I love, when people can trust the others so deep!
And this is just a small part of the stories, which I faced during my various stayings in the hostels. People create stories. And if you are meeting more people during your travels, it means that you are being involved in more stories too!