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Jul. 8 2010 - 11:56 pm | 29 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Life In The Youth Hostel

Shiokari-onsen YH, Youth Hostel, Japan. This y...

Japanese youth hostel.Image via Wikipedia

I’m back at the Vancouver youth hostel — $38 a night for a room with four beds — sharing with two lovely young European girls, a Swiss woman off to Bahia to meet her boyfriend and a 20-year-old from a small town in Germany who’s just moved here for a year — knowing not a soul.


So, what else, I introduced her to two friends via Facebook. The room is hot as hell (no AC) so we’re going to leave the door open. The Swiss girl has offered to do kung fu to protect us, which sounds good to me.

I haven’t stayed in the hostel here since my last visit. It’s all the things you’d expect…not enough showers, skinny boys with accents, lots of backpacks. I like it. I stayed in the youth hostel in Las Vegas (yes, there is one) but its neighborhood was so sketchy even the cabbies didn’t believe it when I gave them my address. This one is on a lovely residential street with elegant high-rise apartments all around and I can see the ocean a few blocks away.

I’ve stayed — long past my 20s — in hostels in Ottawa, Baltimore, Vancouver, D.C. and Vegas.

Off for sunset and dinner.

Have you stayed in a youth hostel? How did you like it?


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    There’s a very nice hostel in Quebec City, inside the old city walls. It has an inner courtyard where you can hang out or read, a cafe/eatery downstairs, and a handful of computers for keeping in touch with your friends as you travel. I’ve stayed there twice with my family – all ages welcome.

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